Emptying water out of the big bell tent, planting out wild rockette and borage from the neighbour's garden, and eating pizza straight from the traditional bread over next door, with a new group of people connected with similar ideals to mine!
What a day- scorchio again, of course, but a little work required to tidy up after the extremo rain storm which crashed in yesterday: literally buckets of water dropped heavily from the darkest clouds I might ever have seen... We watched them race, like a computer-enhanced film, across the valley- level with our house door, a roof of thick grey, really galloping to throw itself down onto the green earth below.
And so welcome- another watering evening freed up! The poor tent though: not quite ready to be used as a gallery space yet; the ground we prepared was too soft with such a heavy rainfall- alongside a strong wind, the pegs had no effect in holding the structure steady! No additional damage, however, and today I outlined my first Italian figurative painting. Another most welcome thing, to have my paints out, and to be thinking about the deep meditation which comes with a long painting session.
The garden and house feel far less chaotic today- the weekend was another epic work session, and hopefully one of the last SO intensive ones! Sergio and I are alternately exhausted and elated. Though we are rushing into the work, the land welcomes the change, and thanks us, in a way. The plants appear ecstatic: my apple trees are loopy with the sun (Iike the cat!), and have raced ahead with us by sprouting not only leaves, but 30+ blossoms! At this rate, we will have two crops by autumn- WHAT a different life they would have had if left in the Glen!
So today feels like a new day; life feels far more in control, and many more possibilities are opening up. I chatted with lovely people who come up to Guardia regularly, about setting up a wee music and art festival, and also found that my neighbour also harbours a desire to establish an eco-community: much opportunity for advancing the vision!
The sun has sunk into bed, and my work is slowing for the day... all that remains is to tidy up the vast feast that has been left behind for me, over the Easter weekend... heavy breakfasts, suppers, and every kind of snack in between, for the next week, I think!