I was thinking this morning whilst trying to unknot my fingers,loosen up my shoulders and stop coughing, of the things that gives us comfort when we are not well and feeling really low with pain and inflammation. The small hours of the morning are always the worst when you seem to be the only person in the world who is awake and unwell.
When I was a little girl and ill with one of my regular "strep" throats, I used to have my father's dressing gown tucked round me. He would be at work, but his dressing gown was the next best thing to him being there and I always found it a comfort.
I went into my garden the other morning and our robin was sitting on the top of the cherry tree singing his little heart out. Berry pup was sitting under the tree with his head cocked just listening to the runs and trills coming from that tiny bird's throat.
A piece of music can cheer me up in no time. I am a great classical fan so have plenty to choose from. Listening to the Last Night of the Proms with the stirring music and seeing everyone so happy to be joining in.
The sight of our newborn grand daughter at 3 hours old with a little hat which was too large for her head! Sound asleep in her father's arms.
A good book to curl up with and snuggle under a blanket with the cat on your lap purring away. Seeing the children going to school in the mornings, swinging bags, pushing and shoving each other in play and their bright little faces.
Picking blackberries from the hedges across the marshes and finding some damsons and wild apples to take home as well.
The flowers in people's gardens - always such a cheerful sight. An unusual shaped cloud in the sky which you can try to make faces out of, not to mention the man in the moon!
Last night, at 10 p.m. I went out into the garden with the binoculars to see if I could spot the supanova. I think the binoculars were not strong enough so didn't see it but did see the myriad of stars in the sky. The plough just above my head, the stars in Orion's belt. A beautiful clear night, warm and with a light wind. Scents from the roses and the remains of the lavendar wafting across.
Felt so much better after thinking about all this that I wanted to share it with everyone and hope you have similar coping and comforting thoughts as well.
Love to everyone who is feeling ill and in pain. Hope this has helped. LavendarLady x