Day 18 - Thursday
Rain, rain, rain.
I spent all the morning in the bothy writing up my notes up on my IPad. I also keep hand written notes as a back up in case of electronic shenanigans. I do like actually writing using an ink pen or a pencil and think this is becoming a distant used art as we turn to computers, mobile phones and tablets that require typing skills only. Ask yourself the question – when did you last write a letter and post it in an envelope to a friend or family member? Try it and you will find wonderful heartfelt and mindful benefits to you and of course the receivers themselves!
I also had a good sort out of my food stocks, trying to ensure that I eat those that are close to going off. That mainly concerns the vegetables I have, as some of the carrots and spinach are the fastest to go off and I am not one for just chucking away anything, as food is a very precious commodity.
I do try to cook as much vegetables as possible, but I have a lot to get through! Apart from that delicious bacon and hake that Buffy gave me, I have been 'veggie' since I started. I have noticed in myself a little more 'zip' - not sure if that is to do with the diet (which includes hemp and chia seeds plus a spoonful of cacao in all meals) or with the general environment I how have here in the bothy. Perhaps it's a combination of all of these things?
Buffy also said to me before I left to 'feed off light' - this sounds like a crazy notion, but I have found when meditating that to see the light all around being absorbed into every muscle and cell in the body does leave you feeling refreshed and vitalised. Perhaps then, the mere intention of feeding your body, not only penetrates the conscious mind, but also really does get transferred to the fibres of our bodies needing it most. An interesting thought...
During a break in the rain, I walked down to the headland to pick up a signal on my mobile. This allows me to send my 'x' to Buffy. Whilst I was looking over the bay, which was tranquil with no wind and at high tide, I noticed a fish skim across the water for about 10 metres or so. Hardly the distance covered by the flying fish I saw in the Indian Ocean, but impressive nonetheless. I tried to imagine what type of fish would be chasing it.
Then I had my answer - a grey seal! I spent what seemed like a long time, watching this predator chasing its prey around the bay. I was amazed to see how long it could stay under water (over 5 minutes at times), but also the distance it could cover whilst underwater. I would watch the spot where it came up for a breather and then see it dive. Incredibly I would see it emerge up to a quarter of a mile away. Amazing. Every now and then, it would locate a small shoal of fish rather than an individual, and the wake from its twisting and turning on the surface was very obvious to see. One of natures amazing sites! With rain picking up again, I walked quickly back to the bothy for supper.
With it raining so hard, there was no chance of using my wok over the open fire, so I settled for tomato soup accompanied with cheese and biscuits indoors.
Day 19 - Friday
I woke up and saw it was 9am - wow, the latest I have slept to. More rain, but this time the wind has changed direction and is now coming from the south, hence the temperature is up a bit. My hopes of doing some washing seem to be over for today at least, but I have plenty of 'spares' so it is not an issue.
I spent a little time making a bird feeder out of one of the onion bags, tied up with fishing line, and put some walnuts in and hung it from a tree in the garden. Whilst sat in the bothy writing, a little field mouse scampered in through the door. I had seen him before trying to enter through the many holes in the bottom of the door. To be honest, I don't mind that he is in here, as long as he doesn't get at my food, all of which is up high on the sink top. Still, I must keep a careful eye on the seed packets and muesli to make sure he's not having a little feast.
I walked down to the beach when there was a break in the weather and just started to walk the rock pools. I found the remains of crab claws and body - ah ha so they are here, but where?
Not another soul on the beach so I started to collect driftwood for my fire (hopefully weather permitting) later. Sadly the rain started again around 4pm and continued through the night. So, another 'light' meal as I am unable to cook outside.
Day 20 - Saturday
No rain this morning and at last the sun is showing through intermittently. I just love my hot lemon, honey and maca drink first thing – it gives you a ‘zip’ that is almost as good as a strong coffee!! The cow and bullock that moved into the field next to the bothy seem to like bedding down in the corner nearest to me. I can certainly smell them! After an apple and the last of my coffee, I went to the headland to send my text to Buffy. She's coming again tomorrow lunchtime, bless her, as it takes 2 hours to get to me, plus shopping on route and then the return back up to Somerset, overall it must take out her whole day. I love her.
I went up to my 'hide' above the bothy and rearranged it a bit and made a little seat to sit on. I'll be using that when she visits. The weather is still 'iffy' so back at the bothy, I used an old watercolour set to paint out my Red Electric Dragon Galactic Signature that Alexis had given me when I was last saw her with Buffy just before departing. It's been on my mind for a while and I now carrying the paper with my when I walk. Whether it is helping me access dreams easier, I cannot tell but I am drawn to the symbology of it.
This afternoon the sun really did start shining so I walked down to the beach for a wander and ponder. Back at the bothy by 5pm and lo and behold, it started raining again! I have to cook outside tonight as my first small gas canister gave up. It lasted 1 week and 1 day, but with only 2 of these left and 20 days to go, rationing on brews will begin...
So, by lighting a small firebrand under the trees and protecting the main