I'm on a race at the moment, I'm racing Nature. Now she's not very easy to race with, especially when you've not been in training for a while!
I woke up on Saturday morning, and knew in order to step up my recovery, I need to be getting out into the garden, not only good for my body, but for my soul too.
I had three little gardening sessions last year, most of my time being taken up with visits to mum. This year I have more time. I feel I connect with my mum whilst I'm outdoors. She passed on her love of gardening to me, as her dad had done to her. My mum didn't always have an easy life, but I do know her garden healed her and gave her hope.....I'm thinking it will me too.....
Last years lack of attention can be seen, there's brambles and weeds everywhere. I've got two choices, I could look on with dismay, and give up. Or I can tackle it head on, but being mindful of my body, my energy levels. I've chosen the second.
So that's what I'm doing, half hour slot, perhaps two slots a day, maybe three as the days get longer. It's frustrating though, as what I could do in an hour just a few years ago, now takes me four!
So I'm in a bit of a race, knowing that if I get on top of the weeds this month, well it will make things a whole lot easier this summer!
This is the garden this morning, well half of it.....I'm stood on the top of a large slope, there's two large beds behind me as well as my patio, leanto little greenhouse and pots.
The bed to the left only gets sun from mid afternoon, so lots of shade loving plants in here. To the right are my veg beds and herb bed, which get lots of sun. I'm going to add another bed this year.....my veg seeds have arrived, I'm excited!
At the bottom of the garden the large bed is about 1 1/2 metres deep, it gets lots of spring sun and I always think of it as my spring garden. The bench gets the morning sun.....perfect for a morning cuppa, and a little crochet!
Image via my Pinterest page.
Image via my Pinterest page.
I do however have a Fantasy Garden, there's a beautiful, studio along the width of the garden. I think it will be more contempory that those in these images......it will be painted black or a very dark purple. It has a creative area for myself, a family area filled with comfy chairs and patchwork blankets. There's another smaller part which is my husbands music studio, he doesn't need as much space as me ;)
There's a veranda in front, with seats to sit on even if it rains.....and that leads out onto the perfect kitchen garden, with raised beds.....filled with flowers, vegatables, bees and butterflies. There would be an area to build a fire, so evenings can be spent outdoors, and perhaps cook fresh from the plot. A little slice of heaven.........
Do you have a fantasy garden?
I will share more as I go along, in my own, steady, slow pace...
It's good to dream.......