Wednesday, April 8, 2009

april rain....



last night, the wind dropped. in the dead of night, thunder rolled far away. the horses escaped their stables. was it thunder or was it horse hooves in the dark? the dogs were howling. spirits? ghosts?


storms have been flickering over far horizons, like giant outdoor cinemas, for the last few nights.
the clouds have been gathering...great towers....
today, the taps have finally been turned on for real.

i can trust the sky again.
the rains have arrived. finally. truly.
glorious, drenching, unrepentant, furious rain. spirals of the stuff, spinning twirling past the window...chasing the horses into their stables....curling the cats up on the sheepskin rug....making beetles sleep, dogs hide....making boys run naked where the wild things are.... seducing little girls to choose blood red satin shorts especially dedicated to mud ball making....and brave safari craigs to engage low range 4 wheel drive....(oh. high range diff lock??)
it is so rejuvenating. we have all been running around screaming, running out in the rain, being crazy rompipales....rushing around for buckets and empty cold boxes to catch the leaks everywhere...the joyous leaks. (remind me about this later on this month ok?)


what does a girl do when she can't ride?

she teaches guitar to the sweetest little student on the planet.
jasper lives down the road.
today we learnt "G" on his sizable guitar.

she opens a bottle of red to celebrate how beautiful life is and dreamily watches the silver flying ants through her open window, fluttering magically in the twilight. she watches how each whistling thorn is decorated with one perfect rain drop.


she listens to jack johnson singing banana pancakes.

she spies kilimanjaro through a curtain of rain, sitting smug, a fat cake overloaded in icing. the great queen of all mountains. alone. beautiful.

how perfect can a day be?


toodely old toodely pip then y'all...bisous bisous - great big fat celebratory rain drop ones...

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13 comments:

P. said...

Hurray for good days!

It's snowing here and I'm very cross.

Dumdad said...

You make rain sound so romantic and interesting and life affirming. Over here, it's a different story!

Word veri: everycloudhas

Janelle said...

aw p. don;t be cross. those bulbs will shoot. those bulbs will shoot! x j

DD YOU HAVE GOT TO BE JOKING? really? that word veri? amazing. y'know what? over here it is so totally life affirming. everything and everyone depends upon a good rainy season....it's a joyous thing! honest! and where you been all my life? XX j

Chimera said...

I am zinging from your post! I can hear the rain and smell it too and my heart whirls around with the kids and the horses. You paint your posts so beautifully Janelle. i have really enjoyed the Mwali and Juanita one too and the pictures! Really fabulous stuff.
Thank you and keep your diffs locked!
tanvi x

mighty jo said...

oy!

Val said...

fantastic - am so happy for you guys - at last!!
enjoy enjoy...
wondering if you can hear music in your head when you write like this? because i think i can when i read your posts...
xx

Mukosha said...

J... this exactly what I meant when I spoke of places I have had to leave where I have been completely content.. gorgeous xxx

thefamilyjulz said...

"She" is beautiful, as is her life and her blog! I'm so glad to have found you via Reya. Looking forward to reading more. :)

Janelle said...

eh tanvi...oh yeah baby, those diffs are Locked...high range. uummmm. yes. xxx j ps. and you don;t have to lock the hubs coz its a landy...

Mighty Jo! OY! back at ya from here to there! thanks for swingin' by XX j

darling val...did you fix the thingymabob on your blog?? you've been quiet man!? um. nope. no. not sure actually...always have music playing except when i am asleep. xxx j

thanks lobster! miss your buzzing low fly overs baby! nobody else does them. XXX j

why thank-you thefamilyjulz...lovely of you to visit and leave such a sweet sweet comment. i LOVE comments! xxx j

SafariB said...

notice I'm commenting! :)...


"YAY"!!! Yay! Yay! Yay! Man oh man how I LOVE the rains... Wild and passionate ... how life should be :)


xxxx

Tessa said...

None more perfect than that.

Jeannie said...

Oh, I missed this one! How rude of me. What a glorious photo of your horse, and the one of Kilimanjaro... It's like one of those photos you see and think "I lived there in a past life. I knew that view." Then you think perhaps it's just that everyone should live where they can have that view, at least in one of their lives, somewhere along the line...

Jasper is gorgeous! How many beautiful blond children live on that hill of yours?? One of my New Year's resolutions was to learn to play the guitar. I haven't actually bought the guitar yet, but it's only April...

Wil Robinson said...

It's strange how primitive the human infatuation with rain is. It goes back to our roots, I guess, when rain meant life (still does, I suppose).

The changing of seasons seems to affirm that we are still alive, and when the rain comes we are convinced that yet another year has come. Something about the burning sun that makes us feel tranced, like in a half-state waiting for something to happen to assure us we aren't stuck in time.