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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 scorching 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 (ull-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 😀

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


A Glimpse of Mom’s Garden


POPPY with STATICE


HIBISCUS FLOWER

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 🙂


SWEET PEAS


CALENDULAS & CALIFORNIA POPPIES


NASTURTIUMS & POPPIES

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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Darkness

To deny darkness is to shut out the light.

ROSEBUD ABOUT TO BLOOM
ROSEBUD ABOUT TO BLOOM

Quotes to consider:

“To be a star, you must shine your own light, follow your own path, and don’t worry about the darkness, for that is when the stars shine brightest” – Unknown

“When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.” – Charles Austin Beard

“It’s always darkest before the dawn” – Proverb Continue reading

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Action

Action = creative currency

BEE DRINKING NECTAR
BEE DRINKING NECTAR

Quotes to consider:

“Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.” – Napoleon Hill Continue reading

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Blossom

Every blossom begins as a seed.

ROSE IN BLOOM
ROSE IN BLOOM

Quotes to consider:

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anais Nin

“Faith sees a beautiful blossom in a bulb, a lovely garden in a seed, and a giant oak in an acorn.” – William Arthur Ward

“A thorn defends the rose, harming only those who would steal the blossom.” – Chinese Proverb Continue reading

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Happiness

Happiness, like health, works inside out.

POPPY - Tuscany, Italy
POPPY – Tuscany, Italy

Quotes to consider:

“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence” – Aristotle

“Be happy. It’s one way of being wise.” – Sidonie Gabrielle

“Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.” – Unknown Continue reading

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Beauty

Beauty is about being.

ROSE IN BLOOM
ROSE IN BLOOM

Quotes to consider:

“Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it” – Confucius

“Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart” – Kahlil Gibran

“Pretty is something you’re born with. But beautiful, that’s an equal opportunity adjective.” – Unknown

“Love of beauty is Taste. The creation of beauty is Art.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Beauty, more than bitterness, makes the heart break.” – Sara Teasdale

“The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart” – Helen Keller Continue reading

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