Re-birthing a Garden

“Why start now? Won’t the builders just trash the new garden when they come on site?” “Be patient. Just wait.”  Legitimate concerns I suppose, when I mentioned to people that I was rejuvenating my garden before the plans for the dwelling were even started. But I knew that to nurture my own mental health, I had to get my hands back into the soil and grow something. Any gardener will understand that!


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The Eden Project


The establishment of a flourishing garden in an enormous clay pit, with NO ability to sustain plant life, seemed preposterous. But, as far back as 1995, Tim Smit had an idea for such an ambitious project as this. Thank goodness there are people in this world who have a desire to see the unthinkable happen – for the greater good – and this is what gives me optimism for our struggling earth.

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Thoughts that Sustain


My gallivanting red shoes have been replaced by a green pair this year. I’ll miss the excitement of solo travel but the plan for 2019 is to be grounded in Christchurch, New Zealand … quite literally. We’ve a post-earthquake cottage rebuild that begins next week; our developing garden requires attention and thoughts are dwelling more on the principles of sustainable living.

Undoubtedly I can build on lessons learned while travelling and I’ll be looking out for the bright spots during 2019. Hoping you find your highlights too.

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not. 

Ralph Waldo Emerson




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