- I love the garden because it’s colourful
- I love the garden because it’s fruitful
- I love the garden because it’s peaceful
- I love the garden because it strongly links me with Nature – the birds love the garden, and I love to watch the birds who visit our garden
- I love the garden because a garden is the loveliest place to be
- I love the garden because it adds greatly to my creative self
Yes the garden is a lovely place – at the moment we have snow peas plants producing food for us, with tiny new snow pea plants growing, and soon enough I expect we’ll have all of the snow peas we need for ourselves, I love snow peas! My favourite vegetable, I think.
When I sit out in the garden, my mind calms down, and wonderful thoughts occur at times. Serenity rules in my garden time, until the dogs or perhaps the air force have other ideas! But even these things can’t take away from the lovely things the garden does for my head and my body, slowly calming down, with stress leaving my body.
I have an almost spiritual feeling for the garden, and for Nature in general, I love it so much. I feel sorry for people who don’t have a garden to love. Do you love the garden too?
October 10, 2015
October 5, 2015
A New book, now that’s howlingly good news. It’s not out yet, but it’s in the middle of being created, with many words written so far, and illustrations being thought about. This great book, well worth woofing about, is the follow-up to my first book written by “Buster” (with help from me, Carolyn Cordon), about dogs and gardens. That book was called “Dig It! Gardening Tips for Dogs”.
The sequel will be called “Doggone It! Mindfulness from a Dog’s Point of View”.
As you can imagine this book will be different from the first one. This book gets more into Buster’s mind as he ponders on what the mindful dog thinks versus what the non-mindful dog thinks (or doesn’t think!). If you enjoyed Dig It!, I’m sure you’ll love Doggone it. And if you’ve never read Dig It!, why not head here to read a little about it!
If you’re not sure about what mindfulness means, take look here. This site is particularly relevant to Doggone It, as these seven pillars are basically what the book Buster and I worked on cover. Obviously we used our own words – the way Buster sees these important pillars is different than the way Jon Zabat-Zinn, the author of “Full Catastrophe Living”, where these pillars are discussed more fully. I’ll bet Jon wouldn’t have wondered whether or not anyone had peed on those seven pillars!
Dogs and human see things in life differently, and different dogs see things differently from each other too. As is mentioned in “Doggone It”, different breeds can have different attitudes. And even within each dog breed, there are still dogs who are still not the norm for their breed. There are cross breeds and mongrels too, combining different breeds, with different results than their parents or even their siblings.
If you’re interested in mindfulness, or if you like dogs and funny pictures of dogs, then get ready for a fun look at both when they come together in “Doggone It”. It would be lovely if this book could be out before Christmas this year, but Buster and I are both realistic and are aware aiming at before Christmas 2016 is more likely … It will happen though, and when it does, look for it here!
May 3, 2015
I’ve been thinking about labyrinths a lot in the past couple of weeks. I’m not really sure why, but suspect my impending mindfulness workshops happening every Monday in May could have something to do with it. The Labyrinth is a peaceful and inspiring place to be, and thinking in a mindful way has the same result.
Walking the labyrinth is a magical thing I know I could be doing far more often than I have done. I can count the number of times I’ve walked a labyrinth on one hand. But I’d need many hands to count the number of times I’ve thought about walking a labyrinth.
I’ve written about walking a labyrinth, here is a recent article about it. There’s a poem in the article, a poem I wrote some years ago. I’ve searched my computer to try to find out how long ago it was I wrote the poem, but beyond ascertaining it existed in 2013, and was created earlier than that, I really don’t know how long it was …
I won’t stress myself trying to find out – the fact of the existence of the poem is all that matters. I will be at peace with the ‘not knowing’ and will think no more bad thoughts about it. The ‘beingness’ of the poem is enough. The main thing I get from walking the labyrinth is the calm and peaceful contentment of just being in the moment. Not doing, just being.
In this so busy day and age, just being is such a glorious thing. If my readers are interested in knowing how they could make their own labyrinth, this website seems like a useful one. So there you have it, the labyrinth is a wondrous thing, calming, not confusing. Please don’t confuse labyrinths and mazes. A maze could stress you out, a labyrinth will calm you down!
If you’ve ever walked a labyrinth, I’d love to read about it! Leave a message so all can know how it was for you …
February 15, 2015
I was going to use this as an article for the front page of the Mallala Crossroad Chronicle. It was too long though, because if I was going to use it there, it would have to have photos, and it would have taken up at least one and a half pages. Instead of that, I’ve decided to put it on this blog instead. It’s part of who and what I am.
I live in rural South Australia, on a small property with the four dogs, and I watch the birds when I have spare time, and if feel like sitting aroung on the veranda, front or back. You see, in my spare time, I am a twitcher, or birdwatcher. I know there are twitchers who take this role far more seriously than I, but there you are, I’m perhaps a casual or spare-time only twitcher.
13 February 2015
A report on the avian activities for the afternoon. Birdwatching from the seat on the front verandah I’ve seen more native birds than non native ones and I find that to be a huge win for the session!
Non native birds seen – 2 sparrows one in our old bird bath, one flying from roof to pine trees on western edge of our place. I can hear a spotted turtle dove but haven’t seen it. Oh there were two of them a few metres in front of me. They’ve flown off now, but there’s one 15 metres away, and there’s still an unseen one I can hear,
Native birds – the first seen for this session was a crested pigeon. It seemed it was going to use our new bird bath, but only walked around it and near it before strolling off, head nodding, to have a drink from the old bird bath. Then it flew away, with that characteristic call, so beloved of small children, who delight in chasing them off, so they’ll do the call!
After the crested pigeon was a small group (5) of white-lined honeyeaters who all flew into the odd bush we have which is about 5 metres from my seat. They then left the bush and all drank from the old bird bath before splashing in it briefly before flying into one of the pine trees.
It was the other honeyeater species next new holland honeyeaters. A frolicking little flock of them went merrily from bush, to pine tree, to old bird bath. They briefly stopped on the edge of the bird bath before the six of them jumped into the water for a fun splash, fly off, return and splash again. None of them drank the water, they just splashed and bathed in it.
A sparrow joined them at the old bird bath, but he only had a sensible sip and then he flew away. I was having fun watching them frolic, but they flew away from bird bath to bush, to pine tree and then gone. I thought that was it, but joy of joys, oh my is that? Yes it is! A crimson rosella landed in the old bird bath, then another and then another! Oh wow, how wonderful is that!?
These three gloriously red parrots bathed and then sipped and the bathed again. I stood up to go inside to tell my husband, hoping they wouldn’t disappear, so he’d be able to see them too. The three of them flew away from the old bird bath, but only flew the few metres to the pine trees, and they were still there when Graham and I were outside again. I’d brought my phone with me an took some snaps, but don’t know if the parrots will be visible. Finding out will be a task for tomorrow. As it turned out, the photos were no good, but this is a close up picture of what the bird looks like. I couldn’t get as close to the wild birds as this one is whoever is the person feeding it.
That’s probably the end of this bird watching session, except to mention the willie wagtail I both heard and then saw on the road just both of our driveway. I can hear a bird cheeping too, but that’s almost certainly a non-noteworthy sparrow. Ah though, speaking of sparrows, I did see more sparrows from time to time, mostly taking a few sips, then flying off and mostly male ones. There were a male and a female though who both bathed, and I saw some white lined honeyeaters do the same toward the end.
That’s all, it’s time to go inside with the other two humans and the four dogs!
15 February 2015
Today galahs are the main thing with the birds. I was out on the front veranda chatting to a friend on my phone tonight, and was watching and listening to the galahs as I chatted. We have 6 tall pine trees along part of our front fence, and it seems the pine cones must have pine nuts in them. This season, flocks of galahs fly in and try to get at the pine nuts, knocking the pine cones off the tree, and trying to get at the nuts on the ground.
The galahs were there tonight, and they also took advantage of our two bird baths. I had an interesting show, and thought this would be a good further note to this blog post. And I took a photo, so I’m able to put up one of my own pics, as well as the others.
this photo of galahs drinking at bird bath taken by Carolyn Cordon
two other bird photos from http://www.rgbstock.com/
January 10, 2015
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After some hard work by one family member to keep the back lawn alive and well during our recent heat wave (many thanks to my husband Graham), we’ve now had an absolute deluge compliments of Nature. Our back lawn is looking lovely and green, and our trees, shrubs and flowers are looking wonderful! This free rain is always a welcome surprise, until it becomes a flood.
At the moment, we’re certainly not needing to worry about flooding. So far, our house has always been fine, water-wise. The front driveway may be an upclose water feature, but the liquid is reamining outside, with none coming in with us! The birds have a large variety of places to go for water at the moment, from the two bird baths we have, the dog’s water bowls outside, the driveway lake and the swimming pool.
We have lorikeets in our flowering gum trees at the moment too, which is always exciting (yes, I’m one of those ‘twitchers’ – bird lovers). I spent several days during the heat wave out on our back veranda, trying to work out which kind of lorikeets they were in the trees. But I couldn’t get close enough for a positive ident, because I didn’t want to get overheated from the scorching sun.
But then the weather changed, the cooler weather and then rain meant I could get much closer, and could work out from their markings that we had Musk Lorikeets in our flowering gums. There may be another, smaller type of lorikeet there too, but other things have got my attention now. Later on I may check. The weather is still lovely and cool, and it would be a bit of a shame if I don’t do my ‘Twitcher’ task with the seriousness it deserves!
I have muffins planned though. Banana muffins. With Walnuts, and other Yummy things! I’ve taken the black bananas out of the freezer where they’ve been hiding, and when they’ve defrosted, I’ll turn them, along with the things I’ve already got out, plus a few other things, into yummy muffins! Yay, I love bananas that have been cooked! These bananas are Lady Finger bananas that were left too long, and ripened to much, so that nobody wanted to eat them.
I grabbed them though, and put them in the freezer, always intending them to reach their utmost glory days, as the main ingredient for Banana Muffins! Another banana delicacy I’ve been thinking about lately is banana pancakes, in particular ones with maple syrup and a side of bacon, at the Java Hut in Gawler. The bacon added to this dish makes it totally awesome, and I hope, hope, hope it will happen on Monday!
Does anyone else have thoughts on cooking with bananas? I’d love to hear about it if you do! Now I have to go and turn the oven on, Banana Muffins want to be made!
December 30, 2014
What is a Garden?
A place to be, where peace abounds
A place that’s filled with lovely things
A mad place crowded with too many hounds
A place with bugs and stinging things.
A place with trees, looming down from above
A place with produce for us to eat
A place with flowers I truly love
A place to sit on my comfy seat
I commune with Nature, the clouds and the breeze
Pruning the bonsai, planting the seeds
Out there is plenty to give me ease
In the garden is where creativity feeds!
December 30, 2014
What is a Dog?
A reason to get out of bed
A walk buddy
But the source of those hairs been shed.
A dog is all of these and more
A dog can be different things, for sure
But a dog is a treasure and source of pleasure,
Without a dog, what fun is leisure?