Touching: soft merino 4 ply, the youngest's hair, cherry leaves to check for aphids, emerging seedlings, damp earth and leaky hoses, goat bellies for barrel hugs.
Smelling: eucalyptus soap as it cures, beeswax from a thoughtful friend, a hearty stew pie base, lavender oil.
Tasting: sweet local honey to keep hayfever at bay (hubby is a convert now too!), Jamie's steak and Guinness pie that took 3 hours to cook, soy milk, juicy mangoes, local strawberries, garlic 'scapes', warm date scones, sweet apricots.
Seeing: lemon and white yarn together (it reminds me of a gelati!), rain fall, grass growing, ducks dabbling in puddles, spring growth, a goat trimmed willow tree, an empty chook pen, first raspberries ripening.
Hearing: pobblebonk frogs as they call for mates, frequent gunshots which are unnerving, talkative goats, chainsaws, swamp hens calling, kids arguing - sometimes laughing, thunder, ducks being...well ducks.
Feeling: slightly nervous and jittery for no apparent reason, like I could (should) be a better mother, completely satisfied with the clean piles of clothes this week, revitalised (and a touch exhausted), as I make an effort to start jogging, concerned when I think of the eldest going to secondary school next year, sad and reflective as I think of my dad and feel his absence, encouraged when I look at the garden and see it's growth - comforted as I surround myself in it.
Yearning: to have chooks here again, to have the bedrooms re-organised and de-cluttered, to make that dress that's been on hold for weeks,to have a tidy car, to have 10 more weeks before Christmas, to keep our kids young for just a little bit longer, to be a better mother.
Loving: watching the middle one sit at the table crafting felt puppets, hanging out the washing, stroking our ancient cat, seeing the goats stay in their paddock after a day of tethering (success!), creating something special for someone else, having a clean fridge, watching the tweens when they are all happy, helping someone I've never met before.