“You need a village, if only for the pleasure of leaving it.” ~ Casare Paves
The rescue is my village – and often my haven. But between my day job and my volunteer work for the rescue evenings and weekends, I was reminded that it I have been working seven day weeks for a very long time. We’ve had some joyous times recently – and some very difficult ones. I woke up very much feeling under the weather: mentally- more than physically.
So I slept in very late … and then went where I am always happiest: the garden. My own this time.
“Home is a shelter from storms — all sorts of storms.” ~ William J. Bennett
If you look on the USDA map, the city of Sacramento where I live, and the rescue – which is in open country only 20 miles away – are both supposed to be in the same Zone 9. But any good gardening site will show you that the city has its own micro-climate which is much more Mediterranean. Protected by trees, houses and buildings, it can rise all the way to Zone 14. It is evident in my home garden, where things are still – or already – blooming.
It has been sorely neglected. So today – the roses were pruned, the last of the leaves were raked, and the soggy messes cleaned up as the next wave of rain settled in. In solitude.
Well … near solitude. The hummingbirds kept me company.
And when the work was done – there was, of course, a (wet) dog or two to return to.
“A village means that you are not alone, knowing that in the people, the trees, the earth, there is something that belongs to you, waiting for you when you are not there.” ~Casare Pavese
Tomorrow is Martin Luther King Day and a work holiday. I’ll likely return to “the village” and get my fix of dogs and memorial garden – with a more restored sense of self. Solitude is sometimes good for the soul.
“Inside myself is a place where I live all alone, and that’s where I renew my springs that never dry up.” ~ Pearl Buck
11 thoughts on “A Day of Solitude”
Solitude is excellent for the soul. Glad you had a day of it, and glad, too, to hear that you’ve gotten more rain.
All night rain! 🙂
Momwithoutpaws loves her garden, she loves walking me over by the pond so I can go frogging..
The human soul and body has a battery that needs to be recharged in order to keep going at maximum speed. I think it was wise to take a time out and do that. Love that handsome face that keeps you company in your peaceful and beautiful garden.
Truer words….as they say. Thank you, Judy.
Audrey, so glad you found solitude and restoration in your own beautiful garden, a bit of paradise on earth.
Thank you, Lynn.
Audrey, how wise to find yourself again in your own beautiful garden! Solitude is so important to nourish our souls.
We all need some solitude now and then in order to “recharge our batteries”! Glad you’re feeling restored now!
Thank you…much better. 🙂
Just perfect! I feel the strength of solitude just looking at these gorgeous photos. I love little hummingbird!