On a gardening note . . .

A gasp of wonder accompanies the unearthing of my first radish crop. Composted soil cakes my fingers and filters between my toes as I double dig my veggie garden until the sweat flows freely. Swiss chard, sweetcorn, peas, carrots, potatoes in piles of tyres, tomatoes, squash and the sweetest, fattest strawberries under the baking African sun. All of these and more contribute to feeding our largely self-sufficient community.

This memory murmurs from a distant two years spent as an uchi-dechi (full-time trainee karate instructor) on a Stilbaai farm. It enriches the playing fields of my mind, while fulfilling a lifetime’s gardening duty. I’m also left with an understanding of my mother’s (and her father’s) passion for the pastime. After all, there’s something kind of cosmic about getting down and dirty – as any kid, or enduro rider, can tell you πŸ˜€

So I gladly obliged when my Mom asked me recently to photograph her Spring garden:

A Glimpse of Mom's Garden



Yogi Raman, the fabled sage featured in Robin S. Sharma’s “The Monk who sold his Ferrari”, draws an analogy between the mind and a garden. He explains our natural tendency to think negatively, while emphasising the importance of plucking out all negative thoughts before they have a chance to take root. Just as one would lovingly tend a garden, starting with awareness of the weeds. One of his suggestions is “Opposition Thinking”, which entails immediately replacing an undesirable thought with an uplifting one.

Great advice, with a view to nurturing a mind full of beautiful metaphorical flowers πŸ™‚




In summary, Robin Sharma states that “The quality of your life is determined by the quality of your thoughts”. Something worth thinking about . . .

Oh, and a post about my Mom’s garden couldn’t be complete without mentioning Gypsy and Fudge, who live in one of the corners. They’re her guinea pigs – and grandchildrens’ delight! This is Gypsy tucking in, but thankfully not into the flower beds:

GYPSY the Guinea Pig

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29 Responses to On a gardening note . . .

  1. cindy says:

    Lovely … I almost bought a guinea pig today.

  2. nrhatch says:

    Hi Naomi!
    Glad to see you’re tending your garden, plucking weeds as you go. πŸ™‚

    Love the photos of Gypsy and the flowers.

  3. Guinea pig synchronicity….
    I love those luscious sweet peas…British weather was not kind to ours this year. Pass my complements onto your mother. It’s a beautiful garden.
    Oh, to be self sufficient as a gardener! What a wonderful experience!

  4. Naomi says:

    Hehe…thank you, Kate πŸ™‚ I will certainly pass on your compliments to my Mom, who particularly loves those sweet peas!

    That gardening/farming experience was pretty awesome – and hard physical labour πŸ˜€

  5. Dave Estment says:

    Hi my Love.
    Love reading your awesome posts.
    Always relevant, sincere and beautifully articulated.
    Your fan forever.

  6. souldipper says:

    Naomi, a karate instructor, too? There’s no end to the discoveries in a lovely spring garden.

    Yeah, Nancy…they behaved f-a-i-r-l-y well on the safari. \;0

  7. Naomi says:

    That was decades ago, Amy (shh). It almost qualifies as a previous life πŸ™‚

    And hey, weren’t we impeccable?? Miss u…will be over to indulge in your latest posts tomorrow, xo

  8. Lance says:

    Enjoy the garden!! Mmmm….as our garden has just finished for the year…I’m now missing it even more…

    And I love that idea of plucking the “weeds” from our thinking!

    • Naomi says:

      Thank you, Lance!! Sorry to remind you of your waning garden, but enjoy the Autumn leaves πŸ™‚ It’s quite an odd concept being in such different seasons…

  9. buttercup600 says:

    Amazing flowers and garden, so colorful…loved Gypsy…so cute. Have a good week Naomi xoxoxox

  10. Yvette says:

    Great photo’s of a Spring garden…beautiful colours..and in agreeance with the anology of mind and garden….!

  11. Naomi says:

    Thanks so much, Amanda…and a beautiful week to you too! XOXOXO

  12. Jingle says:

    love those flowers..
    u take my breath away.

  13. Jingle says:

    Our poetry potluck is NOW open, welcome linking in..
    an old poem would be fine,
    thanks for the support.

  14. Jamie Dedes says:

    Oh, we love your mom’s Gypsy!

    What a leasurely and voluptuous post with little pokes of beautify and wisdom tucked here and there … like seeds tossed gracely along a garden path. What wonderful photographs. A tidy package, breakfast for my soul. Thank you!

    Hope you and your mom continue to reap joys from your gardents.

  15. Tokeloshe says:

    Oh what a delight!

    Your mom is very lucky to have her love of gardening captured so well.

  16. J. Elle says:

    nice! thanks for sharing

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