This morning I went down to Byron to go to the beach side markets...it was raining and windy and cold. I wandered through the lovely stalls briefly, jumping the puddles and battling the other umbrellas, and then found myself the last remaining spot in amongst the many cafes for coffee and breakfast.
I ended up next to a lovely young family who were holidaying from Sydney...despite the weather, they were laughing and happy and embracing the slower pace. Their smiles and holiday happiness was contagious. When he went to pay for their treats, the gentleman told his wife that he'd asked the lady behind the counter to 'pay it forward', leaving money to pay for someone elses coffee. It caused complication with the billing process (sometimes I believe we are just a little too reliant on technology and the limitations it has) but they assured him they would make it happen. I remarked that hearing this had made my day and got me thinking about this random act of kindness. I too, will pay it forward with a random act of kindness in the days ahead and again in the months ahead...what a wonderful way to bring a smile to strangers and to warm one's own heart.
When I went up to pay, there by the register was a hand written note with enough coins for a tea or coffee. The note read...
There have been new beginnings all round these last few months. Least of all, this little glimpse into something so wonderful, so perfectly right that I'm just bursting to share. I'm secretly hoping you'll be smitten it too!
There has been travels and exploring; learning new things and finding my creative rhythm. It's been quite the journey of discovery with moments of pure happiness. Treasured moments...a clarity I've not felt in such a long time.
One of my favourite places to be is my dear friend's farm. Being that we live at opposite ends of the earth, spending time in this place is extra special. This time it was a little different...I had semi planned this trip, although didn't commit to it until ten days before leaving home (the benefits of my every day world) for various reasons. She on the other hand, had no idea I was coming! This meant we just did 'farm things' (although we did squeeze in a few delicious meals out and about!)...we did the 'everyday' on the farm and I loved every minute of it.
We picked wild blackberries and took to the orchid for apples to make apple and blackberry crumble for sunday dinner. We watched as a new calf, born during the night, was tendered to by its mother. We played in the farm sheds with the dogs and wandered taking in the last of summer.
It was bliss and I hope my next visit isn't too far away because four and half days there just wasn't long enough!
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