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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:
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 🙂
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:
- The fun of teaching your children some home-grown fruit and veg truths (telegraph.co.uk)
- Bain: Harvest musings from a lousy gardener (thestar.com)
- September A New Garden Cycle Begins (glenns-garden.com)
- How’s your garden doing this year? (seattlepi.com)
Treasure is best shared.
Caught in Nature‘s
brought to Life
What a Gift
to the World
that you share your
Quotes to consider:
“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 🙂
- Full Bloom on South Africa’s West Coast (brandonmarc.com)
- Creating The South Africa of 2050 (10and5.com)
- Why did FIFA decide to have the World Cup in South Africa knowing it is so dangerous? (worldcup2010southafrica.co.cc)
- Smirnoff Launches Project X (10and5.com)
Every now and then a surprise discovery crops up. Like Katberg did for us. More specifically, the Katberg Hotel and Eco Golf Estate nestled in the Katberg mountains in the Eastern Cape. This is another of the delightful destinations we’ve come across on Dave’s motorbiking trail. It was the venue for the last national enduro event, which he participated in.
Unfortunately, due to mechanical problems, Dave didn’t finish, but we certainly made the most of the trip. The scenery was absolutely stunning, similar to the nearby Hogsback area, which is rumoured to have inspired JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings (in particular the fictional forest “Mirkwood”), since he holidayed there during his childhood.
Here are a few photo’s to give you an idea of the surroundings:
An ostrich on the golf course 🙂
Just to confirm there was a race going on, here’s a shot of the pits in the morning, as well as Dave and the guys lining up for the start:
From Katberg, we traveled through the old Transkei, now part of the Eastern Cape, en route to an extreme enduro event on the Kwazulu Natal South Coast. More about that later, but here’s a shot of the sunset just South of Mthatha (Umtata), which is too spectacular not to share:
Senses are supposed to be stimulated.
They’re there for our delight 🙂
Quotes to consider:
“Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.” – Oscar Wilde
“The best smell in the world is that man that you love.” – Jennifer Aniston
“Habit is the 6th sense that overrules the other 5” – Arab Proverb
Labour is the language of life.
The way we work speaks volumes.
Quotes to consider:
“…in keeping yourself with labour you are in truth loving life…” – Kahlil Gibran
“Work is either fun or drudgery. It depends on your attitude. I like fun.” – Colleen C. Barrett
“Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein
He refers to this as “one technique for mastering the mind that towers above all the rest…called the Heart of the Rose.” In essence it involves focussing intently on a rose, observing all the aspects of its beauty and consistently returning the mind’s attention to the flower if (or when) it wanders. The objective is to develop a strong and disciplined mind, achievable with daily practise.
Here are some images to help set the mood 🙂