Well.. my goodness gracious me. (I’ve always liked that sentence and it seems appropriate to use it today). I think that it is a line that was used many times in the older movies and it has a kind of gracious, civilized, yet .. homey feeling I think.
I just love blogging . .it’s been a very creative outlet for me which I began when I retired and that is about 5 or so years ago. A time in my life when I could begin focusing my energies on things that I like doing.
Gardening is number one of course and in my first year that is what I did. I started a small business “The Dog Walking Gardener” and actually worked for a few people and then I realized that I’d never in my life had this time for me so why am I trying to fill it up with working .. so I stopped that. And worked on transforming our yard into a funky organic place and this has been ongoing and will stop when we move. And then I will start again.
For those who love gardening .. and here I’ll speak for myself on this, cause there are many reasons why people garden. I should really say .. for me .. gardening equals a strong reconnection to the earth, a grounding, as it were. A way of channeling into my most inner, special, creative being. I’m not being spiritual here. I’m just stating the facts.
Today, I worked in my garden in the late afternoon .. it’s been terribly hot here and the sun has been very strong. So when I went outside, with my mug of Yorkshire Tea .. I was just really wanting to get some good energy for moving things around. I started out with our little JaneE Kat .. she’ll be 21 in December! She sits in the stairway that leads to the basement, waiting for me to go outside so I can put treats on the pathway for her! She is reward orientated.
Here is JaneE in our motorhome when we travelled to Hope, BC, to visit the Vancouver Soaring Club .. so beautiful and more about that later. Anyway, she is getting quite comfortable with being in the motorhome, as far as she is concerned ..all that is outside is like a tv!
Then, mug in hand, I moved around the yard, listening to the most beautiful soothing music from my IPod .. and I was watering another section of parched yard at the time. I drifted backwards in time to when I was little … when I started a circular patch of sunflowers from a 5 cent packet of seeds, into our hard packed back yard. I clearly remember the 5 cents and the happy sunflowers on the packet of seed .. and I have no idea where the packet came from .. I just seemed to have it. The seeds grew and were beautiful and cheerful. I was going to do that this year but somehow .. it didn’t happen .. there is always next year.
Here is sweet little JaneE, sleeping away on the outside stairs .. yegads how I love her.
Thanks to the hungry birds at the feeder, though, there are lots of sunflowers sprouting throughout the yard .. so I guess, in reality, they are making my dream come through!
Anyway .. it was a most beautiful chunk of time, watering the plants, listening to the music, drifting back in time and being extremely grateful that I have this bit of paradise that I have created .. that reflects my inner self and a space where I can just revel in beauty and appreciate the energy that comes from the growing plants.
For I have become quite enamored of beans! The climbers that I planted. The tiny seeds that I nurtured, which grow most magically into magnificent plants that twirl above my head .. reaching always for a place to grow. Isn’t it so humbling that a tiny seed contains absolutely everything that is needed to morph into a plant that will give me good food. Everyday I go outside to check on them. The Annie Jackson Pole Beans, Spanish Musica, Cherokee Trail of Tears and my most favourite bean, which I call “my favourite bean”. It’s heritage and special and I forget the name. One day I’ll look on Salt Spring Island Seeds or from Annapolis Seeds at: http://www.annapolisseeds.com as those are the two places where I’ve ordered seeds from. Excellent quality. Crispy long pods that crunch when you bite into them!
This photo is for me to look at in the winter so I can remember how lovely it is to watch the beans growing on my makeshift garden ..
It’s been a busy day … and more about that another time. About computers and the time spent getting new ones to behave, many trips to the shop.
Bees and sunflowers ..
Smiling sunflowers .. same flower one day apart ..
This rose was dying until I gave it some water .. like a little love ..it works miracles.
A lovely bit of fluff on some ornamental grass .. ethereal and so sweet .
Comfrey flowers for the bees ..
Squash growing in some sieved compost ..what to do .. I have tried repotting one of them .. they have grown so I must try to let them grow .. in another area as there is no drainage in this container!
This is a great year for fruit in our city .. and here is an example from one of our trees!
Picked this up at Michaels last week .. excellent!
A seed planted in a pot and lookee here!
Scarlett Red Runner Beans .. this was a surprise plant .. I had looked at it one day and saw it twining upwards, perhaps a forgotten seed from last year and suddenly … beans! They were delicious!
Spanish Musica beans .. very tall pole beans ..
Little Anna in one of the apple trees ..
And I’ve been spending so very much time this year with creative endeavours. Today, this included two trips to the Rock and Bead show at the Pearkes Arena. I spoke with such creative people and took lots of photos, which I will share tomorrow.
Lived in a creative manner .. life is stupendous and amazing and energizing.
till tomorrow ….