It was a beautiful sunrise today. Spring has arrived at last here in the Highlands, the snow has gone, the first blossoms are timidly showing
themselves and the birds have begun to sing their joyous morning songs. Oh, it's glorious!
When the sun came up and I looked out the cottage window and felt that wondrous warmth falling upon me, I felt truly alive again. Yes, I love winter
as well, when the sun shines on the snow nestling on the branches of the quiescent trees having their winter sleep, those fine crystals sparkling like
magical dreams of diamonds. But spring is always when I start to feel real again.
It's been hard just to stay here on my own, every day and every night, through those short winter days and long, dark nights. Hard, because I love
company and I always have. Quite often I go out for a walk in the evenings, passing by the houses of my neighbours and watching them sitting and
watching TV, which we never even had in the old days. I don't like to disturb people, so I never knock on a door to say hello or anything. I just walk
by, content to know they are happy and enjoying life.
And now, the ice on the lake is melting at last. Some nights I love to sit and watch it. Just listen to the ice slowly fading away. Yes, you can hear
it if you listen closely.
It's just so beautiful there and I never want to leave, but you can't sit by a lake forever. So then I go back to the cottage and just rest quietly in
the room I have always slept in. The place was old when I bought it, but I was the one who laid the stone-flagged floor in the hallway and redid the
ceilings. I even got the well dug.
You know, I just wouldn't want to stay anywhere else. You can get attached to a place. And even though it's been over 150 years since I first moved in
here, this is my home. I'm just so glad that the couple who bought the place some years ago don't mind me staying on. I know they love this place as
much as I do.
And maybe, just maybe, once they pass over to my side, we'll all stay here together.
I'd love that.
edit on 23/3/17 by JustMike because: I fixed a typo.