Today in my garden…

I mowed the lawn, yeah ok so it looks like a drunken barber’s been at it with the clippers but it’s a start. I have a feeling I’ll have to do a touch up at the weekend as well, my word that grass was sooooo very long! With that done the garden already looks better and I can start seeing it again, if you know what I mean?

I’ve edged the main flower bed and weeded that, as well as the patio. I emptied multiple pots and pruned the roses which were in desperate need, poor things they’ve been rather neglected of late.

My boys bought me Dahlias and a bucket of Chillis for Mother’s Day so I’ve planted them up as well and given them a good soak. The hose is broken which is immensely irritating but I had my trusty watering can to hand so it was all good!

I’ve decided to make a new flower bed under the apple tree but I’m thinking not to make it too formal but try to keep it more ‘cottage garden’ style…I’ve just got to find the right shade loving plants that are pretty and robust – that must mean a trip to the garden centre…Ooooh don’t mind if I do!

The garden is full of colour – the pretty deep pink camelia, pale pink tulips and lavender blue of the rosemary…not to mention the differing greens of my roses tinged with red, the lupins and irises which have tripled in size and the bright green of the Lilac tree…my garden is speaking to my soul – and I’m loving its words xx

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A weed is but an unloved flower…

The sun shone down warmly yesterday and with the day off work I took a moment to enjoy outside. I sat looking at our garden, a rather dismal scene:

  • the grass is so long I swear you could park a tank on the lawn and it would be hard to spot!
  • there are more weeds in the gravel patio than there is gravel.
  • My lovely wooden bench is finally falling apart after 10years.

Our beautiful garden is no longer beautiful – except…

The Camelia has bloomed like never before, so much so that it’s drooping under the weight of the flowers, the lilac has grown twice the size and has lots of buds which I can’t wait to open into it’s pretty white flowers and our pots are full of sweet smelling purple and pink tulips, hyacinths and happy yellow daffys…

Our garden is, I think, much like life; there’s a plan but most of the time it’s a bit disorderly and doesn’t follow the rules! Left unchecked it can get totally out of hand and often feels a little chaotic BUT… whatever is happening there’s always some beauty, some moment of magic and inspiration waiting to shine…

Yesterday as I bemoaned the mess and the weeds I noticed the abundance of dandelions in the gravel. As I looked at them with their glorious gold faces turned to shine in the sun, their happy vibrancy made me smile and forget for a moment that they were weeds…

AA Milne said “Weeds are flowers too once you get to know them”…I wonder if he had Dandelions in mind at the time?

Today I choose Joy…

We all love a good quote right? Something from our favourite movie, a literary masterpiece or perhaps a little ditty one of our Nans used to say…and hey, those motivational quotes that spread positive vibes are really quite marvellous aren’t they?! – oh yes we do love a joyful saying or two 😊

So, this being the case I decided to make my sister a mood board for Christmas – with a jar of happy thoughts to choose from every week in 2019…

Because let’s face it, life is tricky. One minute everything is going ticketyboo and the next second we feel like the sky is falling down around us; sometimes we know why this is – it could be a hard day at work, a row with a loved one or maybe our favourite sports team losing a crucial game, other times we don’t really know what’s going on but we feel that all is not as it should be, our light feels dimmed and we don’t know how to change things for the better…

So, for those days when the world’s gone a bit wonky its nice to have a few words to help raise a smile, lift the spirits, give us personal strength and focus on the positive…I particularly love an encouraging mug!

We’re 14 weeks into 2019 and my sister has had 14 messages of joy, motivation, insightful imagery, positivity and general silliness – I’m hoping she’s enjoying them as much as I had fun finding them for her!

And today I choose JOY! Today, I choose to share 14 Quirky Quixotic Quintessentially Quotable Quotes with you, I hope you like them too:

1. Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me. Carol Burnett

2. Let the beauty of what you love be what you do. Rumi

3. One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries. AA Milne

4. Not all who wander are lost. JRR Tolkien

5. If you look for perfection you’ll never be content. Leo Tolstoy

6. Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. Dr Seuss

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8. Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them. Bruce Lee

9. Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve. JK Rowling

10. You improvise, you overcome, you adapt. Gunny Highway

11. Normal is not something to aspire to, it’s something to get away from. Jodie Foster

12. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsYBtfQ3QDo

13. Your only limit is you. Anon

14. I can’t go back to yesterday – because I was a different person then. Lewis Carroll