Bonjour, mes amies! Just the quickest of posts tonight before I fall into bed to catch my beauty sleep before Miss India's 4th birthday party tomorrow afternoon. Meredy's rainbow cake has been iced and is now sitting in the fridge, swathed in its 'crumb layer' of icing, all ready for the final layer tomorrow. Mr PB is making the smartie biscuits while we listen to Sarah Blasko. Given how so many of you were moved by the photos of our front garden in my last post, I thought I'd stick with the garden theme this week for some inspiration.
In her book Home Is Where the Heart Is, the renowned British interior and product designer, Ilse Crawford, makes the following observation:
We are grounded, hardwired to enjoy being outside.
Even an hour or so outside makes all the difference.
Gardens heal; just looking at them helps.
This really resonates with me right now. I have been amazed by how calming and almost meditative gardening is becoming for me. It's an endless task, especially when it comes to weeding, but I'm realising that's okay. There are always jobs to be done but it's just like a metaphor for life, I guess.
The more we tend our gardens, the more they thrive.
I find even 30 minutes of gardening in the evening, now we have these sublime summery light-filled hours at the end of the day, makes me feel like I have accomplished something and contributed to creating some beauty in our lives.
I'm also finding it a place and headspace where I feel close to my Dad as he was a keen gardener and instilled an interest in such things in me from an early age.
That's what I'm looking for right now - a calm and serene place where I feel connected to him.
I know he'd tell me the cottage garden was looking "marvellous" and give me some more pointers on how to prune my roses.
I agree with Ilse on that point - gardening is helping me to heal, ever so slowly.
Do you share my enjoyment of getting your hands dirty in your garden and creating something pretty and/or delicious like the tomatoes in the photo? And do you feel gardening's restorative nature? Or does it leave you cold? Jump in and share your ideas - I'm guessing that Georgie and Sarah could *possibly* be in the affirmative camp!
PS Some Saturday Soul food will return in the New Year!