I really did think when we moved out to rural Wales that I would end up with a simpler life. When I left corporate life and had my year out I almost thought I had achieved it. It might have been busy with gardening and growing things and cooking and family but it was simpler, for a few months! I wasn't whizzing around the country and getting on and off planes and trains. I wasn't trying to balance the demands of a job which I loved with the fact that I wanted time at home with the people who matter to me. I wasn't always feeling that I was stretched too thin. I sat outside with a cup of tea in the sun. I turned over in bed in the morning and slept for another half hour.
So how come I am all stretched out again like an old hankie, practically see through? Well some of it is to do with starting work again, working for myself and loving it but once again suffering from my usual tendency to say yes when I should perhaps say no. Some of it is in getting involved in things on a voluntary basis for the Flintshire Tourism Association and The Blackden Trust. These are things I want to do, they are all interesting and all worthwhile and I thought it was time to do some giving back after a lifetime of having no slack at all to do anything other than work and raise children. Some of it is that spring is coming and two acres of garden need time and energy. I would probably rather do that than most things but my garden time is getting squeezed hard. Some of it is the way life has changed now that my father in law has come to live here. It is not difficult and there is much pleasure and love in it but things don't half take a long time. And some of it is the time that is going into visiting my brother since he had his stroke, another thing which matters to me very much. And what about family and friends and really wanting to stick with the Welsh and the yoga and wouldn't it be great to do a bit of garden visiting with my blogging friends?
Mmmm, time for a bit of pruning I think but this time it is hard to see what to prune. I want it all.
Suggestions for achieving a simpler life on a postcard please!
Alternatively there is keeping on spinning plates and wondering if I am just the type of person who will always be plate spinning. Anyone out there with the answers?