After a week-long absence, my husband and I are finally back home in our remote little corner, about which we are very happy. Needless to say, many things were waiting to be done. I spent the morning organizing our closets (reminding myself all the while how fortunate we are to finally have them!) and other storage areas, which resulted in much neater, less cluttered rooms.
Now that I have taken my lunch break, it's time to poke around the refrigerator and start working on a shopping list. Before we left, we did our best to leave the refrigerator as empty as possible from anything that might spoil and be wasted. And of course there are all the usual matters of cooking, baking, ironing, and hopefully a peaceful hour or two of crafts and letter-writing.
In the upcoming days, I look forward to some long-postponed yard work, in preparation to the end of this Sabbatical year. Very soon, we will finally be able to start digging, fertilizing, trimming, and best of all, planting. We are novice gardeners, so we look forward to seeing how it works out.
The land in our area is very rocky, and requires extensive treatment and fertilizing. Except the tough olive trees, most of the greenery around where we live thrives thanks to most diligent efforts. This area has been empty and nearly barren for centuries, and it's a joy to see it so actively settled, and be a part of it.
Perhaps in 50 years, there will be shopping centers around here, and tall buildings, and a day-and-night flow of traffic. For now, we are enjoying the quiet.