She came seemingly from nowhere. We named her Bella.
She deserved a beautiful name, the butterfly that flew into our camper van while we were camping this week.
It was hot and perhaps she was seeking refuge, though even during pockets of rain and coolness she stayed. It was as if she didn’t want to leave.We’d been camping at Wulwa Riverside Caravan Park. A last minute summer reprieve during a hot spell by the mighty Murray River.
The setting was idyllic and our week consisted of us mostly immersed in the water. We floated continuously up and down the river with our noodles, gliding with the current, going with the flow.
On the water we barely needed to swim, the river had a force and power of its own, taking us downstream in its wake.
Even Harry felt it’s force.
Yet still we directed ourselves to where we wanted to be. The shoreline, at the sandy bank, near our campsite.
We always have a vestige of control, even if it seems illusional.
After three days of luxurious relaxation and with the caravan park booked out for the coming Australia Day holiday weekend we had to move on.
Next stop unknown but we all agreed, with hot temperatures forecast it should be somewhere around water so we set our sights on the picturesque mountain village of Mitta Mitta.
Tucked away in a peaceful valley at the foot of the pristine Snowy Creek we found our secluded camp spot. That’s where we spotted Bella, but not before another peaceful, fun few days in the water.
In the fast flowing creek, we tentatively walked and balanced on rocks, finding that perfect position so we didn’t take a tumble.
We sat amongst huge submerged boulders and cooled ourselves off like we were in a whirlwind spa, refreshing and invigorating.
By night time we were ready for another alfresco dinner cooked on the barbecue.
With the flowing creek in the background, a chorus of birds and frogs around us and a nice drop of red wine it was an idyllic setting.
Eating in the great outdoors is simply bliss. Is it any wonder I love camping so much?
Later it began to rain and so we retreated inside. Even then, the sound of the rain pattering on the roof was cosy.
Thunder rumbled in the distance and Harry, terrified of storms, became my shadow. Every so often a huge boom rocked the night air as though Mother Nature was getting over a hard day and letting off steam.
Still Bella the butterfly hovered above us. The door was left open and she had every chance to leave but it was as if she’d chosen to stay.
Every time I got up to move she flew up and fluttered around my face.
Camping this week has been a wonderful chance to do some moon gazing. While we were away the moon was distinctly in its quarter phase.
In just a few days we’ll have a chance to see a lunar phenomenon not seen for 150 years. This Super Blue Blood moon eclipse will grace our skies and apparently be quite prominent over Australia.
Shame we won’t still be camping.
Still, I’m grateful for everything. The time I’ve had to relax, to plan and to think about what’s important to me.
This lead up period has been a time of writing out my goals and setting intentions for the year ahead.
A few weeks ago I planted my dreams by writing out a letter to the Universe. Then a page from an unknown yet meaningful book appeared on my front lawn.
Next week I’ll elaborate on how finding this page lead to my latest song collaboration with Deb and Rob.
Signs, butterflies, pages from books … life really is a continuous journey full of mystery and divine guidance. There’s so much we don’t know and understand. But, just like the butterfly that hovered in our van, I’m excited as to how life will unfold
What I do know is that my heart and mind is wide open. Small things affect me greatly. I never thought I’d write about a butterfly yet somehow these little insignificant signs seem much bigger than they appear.
Let’s stay open to those signs. Whether we’re out in nature or at home, they’re all around us, in this illuminating time of transformation and expansion.
It’s up to us how we meet it.
Did the butterfly visit to let me know that life is temporary and to embrace the now?
Did it fly in to remind me that everything is precious and fleeting yet everything we do leaves a mark?
Perhaps both or did it just need a haven for the night?
Let’s keep our eyes open to the mystery that surrounds us, the joy in the most simple things.
May we all continue to see the extraordinary in the ordinary, the beauty in the simple moments and the opportunities and blessings that exist in front of us.
In light and love as we continue the journey
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