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Gardening joy.

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I love my garden.

The garden was actually what made me buy this particular house.

We’ve made a lot of changes to the garden, and I am far from done. Some days I find it frustrating because the changes are happening so slowly, but I know I have to breathe, relax, and enjoy the journey. Gardening is a process, it takes time to establish a good looking, well planned, lush garden. ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’, was one of my mother’s favourite things to say when I was growing up.

My current frustration is the fact that the tomatoes I bragged about a while ago, has now run out of steam. I don’t know if I should have given them more fertilizer, or whether they only have a short lifespan. I have planted new ones, though, and I am impatiently waiting for them to grow now. I am hoping that I’ll get another few weeks of good harvesting out of them before it starts getting colder.

I enjoy going out in the evenings to water my plants, especially the veggies I’ve planted. I’m waiting for tomatoes, chillies, broad leaf parsley and lettuce to grow. The smell of wet earth, the smell of the tomato plants and the feel of the earth beneath my feet is a joy.

An enormous chilli growing on a tiny plant. Tomorrow I’ll have to repot it, I can see the plant taking some strain…
Grounding. My way… 😉

I am also rearranging most of the garden. It is already looking so much different from when I bought the house, even though there is still so much to do.

My first point of order is to tidy up the part of the garden at the back of the guesthouse. I want my guests to enjoy sitting outside and relaxing, so it is important to make that as pretty and ‘zen’ as possible.

I will, no doubt, be keeping you in the loop of how things progress here, in the meantime, keep calm and keep on gardening!!!

To fly…

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Don’t you sometimes wish you could fly?

I do, and I do so more and more often. What if I could just flap my wings and rise up into the sky?

Can you just imagine the total joy and the absolute sense of freedom?

Confession time…

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Oh, what the heck, I might as well confess…!

Remember my post about my love/hate relationship with Christmas? Well, fortunately I do not have the same kind of relationship with Christmas carols – I just plain LOVE them! I can hear you – oh no, she’s one of THEM! I can see the eye rolls and hear the groans. You know what – I don’t care!!! 😀

Boney M, Michael Bublé, Celine Dion, Andy Williams, Bing Crosby, Pentatonix – all of them, all the time. It makes me happy. Most of the time, in any case. There are the moments when my emotions take over and my eyes overflow. Mostly when I realize how long it’s been since I saw my kids, and I wish they were still small and all here with me every single Christmas. But generally I can suppress those sad emotions, and enjoy the music.

It conjures up images of cozy get-togethers around a warm fire. Hot chocolate or eggnog with some cookies, nuts and other snacks in abundance. Laughter and love all around.

In South Africa our Decembers are very different than those images in my mind! It is hot here at that time of year. I’m talking 30° – 35° C, so no snow, and we don’t really do eggnog either. We have lots of cold drinks and ice cold beer, wine and champagne, and we ‘braai’ (something like barbeque, but I’ll have to do a separate post to explain the difference!), and we swim a lot, but somehow in my mind that is not what I see when I hear Christmas carols…

So, whatever your loves and hates of this season, please leave me to enjoy my Christmas songs and music in peace, I promise I won’t bother you with my preferences. Except for this once…!!!! 😉

Until next time, stay calm and sing along. 🙂

Oh my! The lights are up.

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Oh my!
The lights are up!
Tinsel, baubles, holly 
and fairy lights
Everywhere you turn
everywhere you look.

Excitement
Dread
Pleasure
Pain

Family and friends -
together, joyful.      

Party time
drink- yourself -out -of -your -mind time,
running -away- from- yourself time.

Pleasure
And pain
Always together.

Oh my!
The lights are up -
It's Christmas time!





Joy.

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Daisy experiencing some JOY. 🙂

” JOY -The emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation.” ~ Collins English Dictionary.

I’ve touched on this before, but this is such a descriptive and beautiful word, and wonderful emotion, I had to go there again…

A question to start off with – is joy and happiness the same thing? Surely you feel joy when you are happy? Or you are happy when you feel joy?

But back to joy. I think it is not often that one feels pure joy, on its deepest, purest level. Like Daisy in the video above.

When do you feel joy? What makes you joyous?

Joy to me is seeing one or all of my children after a long time. We all live very far apart from each other, and the joy when I see them, is so much more intense because of that. Lately, my SO* and I are apart a lot of the time, so when he comes home, the joy is real.

Joy to me is sometimes when a day is stunningly beautiful – sunshine, clear sky, bright colours – and at the same time I am in a place of exceptional natural beauty, and I suddenly realize it… I can feel the bubbling start in my stomach and work its way out of my body… I know it sounds as if I’m high, but I don’t know how else to explain it. Champagne days, I call them. 🙂

I get that same feeling when I am on an airplane and it starts off down the runway. It makes me want to jump up and shout for joy. Sorry, weird again…

Joy is also a bite of food. Most times, when we dine out, the food is okay. Ordinary. Fine. But just sometimes (not often enough), when you take that first bite, and there is this unexpected flavour explosion in your mouth… Oh my! Joy! 😀

Joy can be lots of things to different people. I think being in the moment is important to feel joy. You cannot feel joy if you are always thinking of work, or you are always on your phone, or you are always looking back (on your past). You can only feel the full force of it, when you see, and smell and hear what is happening right now! You have to be fully present.

May each and every one of you experience some joy this week!

Until we chat again – live in the moment. 🙂

*SO – significant other