Autumn time for reflection, autumn time for change
September 29, 2015
Autumn is my favourite season, and I know that I am not alone in believing autumn is the best time of year. It signals the coming end of the year - a time of reflection - and it also signals change, the preparation to get through winter that leads to the spring of promise. Maybe it's the bright gold leaves of fall in Alberta, the brilliant blue skies and the rich smells of damp earth that make me feel peaceful, thoughtful and ready to plan.
This year is no exception to our fall cycle of planning and change here at Windhorse Retreat, and perhaps it's even more so. The schedule of public events may be somewhat thin this season, but the work on the ground behind the scenes has been intense. For example, trenches were dug for underground services and then the unusual amount of September rain began - oh the mud! Despite it, the outbuildings are being rewired and brought up to electrical code.
The Windhorses are still out in the north pasture with the willows, and a few times a day they come up for water and to check out the human activity. They're curious about the goings on, especially Tango and Sky who have an unusual interest in machinery. Giving the Windhorses scratches over the fence is a welcome break from the daily chores and extra work. I think they know that they can offer their support in that way.
It isn't all work and cleaning up mud though. One of my favourite things in my favourite season is taking a horse for a walk through the fallen leaves. There is something quite lovely in the sounds of crunching and gentle hoof thumps. There is wonderful beauty in leaves falling like rain into a mane. Autumn is my blessing, my gift from Mother Nature.