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Mother’s Day message

To all the Moms out there (with heart-felt thanks to mine and Dave’s), may your day be fragrant and full of flowers!


Yesterday Today and Tomorrow plant lining a walkway – Jhb, SA

These quotes are especially for you all:

“If I had a single flower for every time I think about you, I could walk forever in my garden.” – Attributed to Claudia Ghandi

“Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” – Elizabeth Stone

And two more to take the pressure off . . .

“There is no way to be a perfect mother, and a million ways to be a good one” – Jill Churchill

“Your responsibility as a parent is not as great as you might imagine. You need not supply the world with the next conqueror of disease or major motion-picture star. If your child simply grows up to be someone who does not use the word “collectible” as a noun, you can consider yourself an unqualified success.” – Fran Lebowitz, “Parental Guidance,” Social Studies, 1981

Although I’m not a mother in the full sense of the word, I love my stepchildren dearly – sincere thanks to them for the countless blessings they bestow on my life 🙂

Last but not least, because the four-legged members of our family matter too, here’s a special mention for the youngest, who turns 1 today: “Happy birthday, Quest, you handsome hound!”


QUEST – May 2011

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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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Congrats to the Top Two’s!

CONGRATULATIONS to our fabulous friends at SA Venues, along with all the others who’ve made it into the Top Two Finalists of the 2010 SA Blog Awards!

Pity we’re not among them, but BIG THANKS to EVERYONE who voted us into the Top Ten Best Photographic blogs! Here’s a Protea in appreciation of ALL your awesome efforts:


PROTEA – Johannesburg, South Africa

Proteas are special here in South Africa, being our national flower and the name of our national cricket team. Since we’re into cricket season, we may as well celebrate that too 🙂

This one is part of a beautiful bunch of flowers that Dave gave me a few days ago, simply because he’s such a darling. On top of that, he photographed it for me to share with you. Just gotta LOVE this man!! He’s not well today, coming down with bad flu after a lion-heart performance at Saturday’s Xtreme Enduro X, which also sprained his ankles seriously. I’ll post some pics of the event soon, but first to treat him to some TLC . . .

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Treasure

Treasure is best shared.


LITTLE PINK FLOWERS – Johannesburg, South Africa

TREASURE

Sugar pink
candy floss
Spring fresh
Flowers

Caught in Nature‘s
light show,
you’re Laughter
brought to Life

What a Gift
to the World
that you share your
Treasure!

Quotes to consider:

Heroes take journeys, confront dragons, and discover the treasure of their true selves.” – Carol Lynn Pearson

“One’s own self is well hidden from one’s own self; of all mines of treasure, one’s own is the last to be dug up.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” – Bible

“A good friend who points out mistakes and imperfections and rebukes evil is to be respected as if he reveals a secret of hidden treasure.” – Buddha

“Truth is the property of no individual but is the treasure of all men.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

. . . and some more pics, because I just couldn’t contain myself to one 🙂

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Awakening

Awakening → Awe


BEE DRINKING FROM WATER LILY – Khwai River, Okavango Delta, Botswana

AWAKENING

Enticed
by Morning’s
first
Caress

her Heart
swells
to embrace
the Sun

Warmth
from without
Light
from within

She is
all at once
immersed in
Radiance

Quotes to consider:

“We are near awakening when we dream that we dream.” – Novalis

“If every day is an awakening, you will never grow old. You will just keep growing.” – Gail Sheehy

“I would have the studies elective. Scholarship is to be created not by compulsion, but by awakening a pure interest in knowledge.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Creativity comes from awakening and directing men’s higher natures, which originate in the primal depths of the uni-verse and are appointed by Heaven.” – I Ching

“The poet knows himself only on the condition that things resound in him, and that in him, at a single awakening, they and he come forth together out of sleep.” – Jacques Maritain

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Respite

Respite ↔ Reason


VIEW from RAMABANTA LODGE – Lesotho, Southern Africa

What drives us sometimes to resist respite, like toddlers fighting the urge to sleep? Such as prior to traveling, when every possible responsibility crowds the mind. This was the case last week, while I planned for Lesotho. Yet the sweetness of the let-go is all-encompassing. Every time. Lying on the sun-splashed lawn, everything but the present faded into insignificance . So why the conflict? It’s like entering into creative flow. That struggle to relinquish the tension of time dissolves into an absence of its importance.

Observing myself today, I become aware that the same can be said about exercise. Prioritising it above other pressures of life requires self-discipline. Peculiar really, since the benefits seep far deeper than bones, straight into soul. ‘Relax your face…take a deep breath and sigh it out.’ Pat’s peaceful words permeate our cells, touching a place of total Respite. I realize that it shares a home with Reason, giving rise to renewed perspective.

Quotes to consider:

“Slow down and everything you are chasing will come around and catch you.” – John De Paola

“Art is a spiritual, immaterial respite from the hardships of life” – Fernando Botero

“I have a very full and busy life and occasionally I am asked, Scotty, how can you do all that you do? The most telling reply I can give is: Because I spend at least two hours a day doing nothing.” – M. Scott Peck

“One must be out-of-doors enough to get experience of wholesome reality, as a ballast to thought and sentiment. Health requires this relaxation, this aimless life.” – Henry David Thoreau

“It is familiarity with life that makes time speed quickly. When everyday is a step in the unknown, as for children, the days are long with gathering of experience.” – George Gissing

In line with that last quote, Patricia (our yoga instructor this morning) suggested experiencing our bodies in a spirit of adventure. Respite can similarly invite delight, such as this miniature flower that shimmered ‘hello’ on the Ramabanta lawn 🙂


LITTLE YELLOW FLOWER – Ramabanta Lodge, Lesotho

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Happy SPRING DAY to the South!

. . . and warmest Spring wishes from the Southern Hemisphere to the Northern 🙂


SPRING ROSE SMILING AT THE SKY – Johannesburg, South Africa

SPRINGTIME

Blessed,
bountiful,
blissfully
abundant

Fun,
frivolous,
bursting
blossoms

Sun-kissed,
dream-dusted,
vivid
delight

Spring
sparkles with
happiness
and hope

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