Hello Everyone.....I wanted to wish you all a Happy Easter, but even if you aren't religious, or follow any Easter traditions, Spring is a still a great time of hope.
We gardeners really need to be an optimistic, bunch don't we, we pop some seeds in the soil, and we have to believe they will grow, they will flourish, become the plant they are destined to be.
If we weren't optimistic, if we didn't have hope, well what would be the point...we wouldn't want to plant those seeds, and we wouldn't need any hope.
I'm finding inspiration everywhere at the moment, each and everything I read seems to be leading me along to new discoveries, connecting with new people. It feels like I'm bursting with energy, yes it might only in my head, but I'm relishing in these new ideas.
It feels like for the first time in quite a while I've a plan, a new purpose. I know I can't run with it just yet, there's still lots things that need to slot into place first, but I'm hopeful they will. In myself I need to get stronger, mental strength, as well as physical strength.
It's not been easy, but I'm gradually turning my outdoor space around, and seeing the first seeds start to spring to life. I'm looking forward to spending more time outside, now that the days are getting longer, even if it's just to sit and have a cuppa, or glass of something!
I said I'd share with you three blogs which I'm really being inspired by at the moment...
Firstly Kate, she writes a blog Homegrown Kate. It's all about her families adventures on their allotment, how they grow organically and eat healthily, some great recipies and organic growing tips thrown in there too.
Next there's Tricia, from Little Eco Footprints, her blog is full of ways to live gently on this earth, to live well and make the most of what you have.
And lastly there's the blog written by Bec, Think Big Live Simply. Again it's a blog all about simple living.
So my mind is a buzz, and I'm meditating on my hopes and dreams, perhaps they will be caught up by the powers that be, who will gift them back to me. Perhaps they will become a reality. Now wouldn't that be good.
Told you we gardening types have hope, didn't I?
It's finally the Easter holidays here, and in a few days my little family and I will be experiencing our first proper trip abroad, to Florence. I know it's not going to be completely easy, for me physically getting around will be difficult, but there will be plenty of opportunities to sit and observe the Italian lifestyle! And for others in my family there will be the stress of the unfamiliar.
But I'm hoping the sun will be on my skin, and there will be wonderful food in my belly, and a feast for my eyes, with the wonderful architecture and art that Florence has to offer!
I'll be back in a week of so to share our stories,
Amanda :) xxx