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When storms come our way, we often feel discouraged, overwhelmed. The waters flow fast and strong; threatening to sweep us away in cascades of white water. But then the rain eases and the angry waters grow calm and still; until only the quiet waters trickle by, leaving pools of reflections.

Life can be a bit like that too. A sudden unexpected squall appears sending us scurrying for shelter. We may wish we had been more prepared but sometimes the unexpected happens, we are taken unawares, surprised, bewildered. It takes time to process alone, with family and friends. From somewhere deep within you summon the strength and courage to face the ordeal, because this too will pass…

‘When you pass through the waters; I will be with you.

When you cross rivers, you will not drown.

When you walk through fire, you will not be burned,

nor will the flames hurt you’

Isaiah 43:2

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‘We can never cross the ocean unless we have

the courage to lose sight of the shore’

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A song for the rough days you may encounter on your journey,  whatever  oceans or rivers you must cross…

Thanks for keeping company today!

 

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Sometimes I stumble through life making the same mistakes over and over. For the past year I’ve been gardening in earnest and am determined to learn from my mistakes. Rain has drifted in again, so a good time to pause and reflect on Life’s lessons learned in the garden….

1) When the task is overwhelming

where to start?Break it down to achievable goals; in a realistic time-scale especially if you are a “Now” person.

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2) Label everything! Even the best minds can’t remember every single thing

Arum maculatum Cuckoo pintOr you’ll spend several months wondering if you inadvertently dug it up;

there you are!until the following Spring! (Yes, it is labelled – now)  Cuckoo-pint, Arum maculatum

3) Put your glasses on and use hand tools!

weed?Which of us hasn’t wheeched  the wrong thing out or kept the weed while squinting at it? Spring is the time to put on your glasses and get on your knees, no, not to beseech some gardening deity but to correctly ID that plant. It does help if you wait until the true leaves have grown too. Leonurus cardiaca syn. Motherwort;  does look like a weed if you are squinting at it and vice versa. Now I have lots of baby Motherwort and a lot less of the weed (I keep identifying and forgetting its name). A good “Wild Flower” book is really useful.

4) Keep a gardening journal… 

keep a journalVery helpful when trying to keep track of everything and remember what did well where, how the weather was etcetera…

5) Encourage wildlife in the garden…

Robin BabyBirds will eat all sorts of critters that would otherwise eat your plants, lure them in and they will happily stay. Bees, Hoverflies, Wasps, Dragonflies, Bats, Butterflies are all the gardener’s allies….

6) Love your composter!

Black goldAfter two years you’ll have beautiful  compost to add to the garden, black gold. I have three, one about to be filled, another to be emptied and the third cooking nicely. There is also a “clamp” made from the turves cut out for new beds which will make a new strawberry bed in the future.

7) Flower finds in the garden…

Flower or Weed?If a plant survived years of neglect while the weeds ran riot – be careful – it may behave like a weed itself regardless how pretty it is. Plants falling into this category include: Hosta, Daylily, Periwinkle – you just have to be brave enough  to control them.

8) Ask for help (how ever out of character that might be). Of course you may have to ask judiciously, did you really want the buttercup carefully weeded around and all the Chamomile pulled up?

9) Celebrate the first fruits…

Celebrate the first fruit!How ever small.

10) Relax and enjoy the garden, reflect on the days activities (possibly with a beverage in hand)…

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Enjoy the garden – thanks for stopping by!

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If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time you’ll know we moved from the city to live near the sea. We have spectacular views and it has been a wonderfully sunny summer. I try hard to be good, wear high factor sun cream, don’t work in the garden between 10 and 2, wear a wide brimmed hat. My sunglasses are just bog standard but I thought I was doing alright. Right? Wrong! 

Following a routine eye check I was referred to the hospital as I had a “speck” on my retina, very near the “business part” of the eye. After several weeks wait; was seen yesterday and surprised to be asked “have you looked at an eclipse?” An eclipse? In Scotland? Chances are it’s raining! Apart from occasional irritated eye, a bit blurry, a bit dry and needing new glasses I was no wiser…

So having read up this morning here are some little bits of wisdom to prevent you doing the same thing…

  • Hats only protect from overhead sun
  • Sunglasses with no UV protection can make matters worse as they dilate the pupils and don’t protect the eyes.
  • Glare from reflected sun on the sea is still at a really high percentage
  • Sunlight is most damaging before 10 in the morning and after 2 in the afternoon

Now wiser and chastened I intend to wear UV 400 sunglasses, watch out for the glare when I ponder the view and always keep my back to the sun when I garden. I’m just very grateful not to have macular degeneration (too young) and that my eye is healing but will always be scarred.

Life’s Lesson learned today: you only get one pair of eyes look after them…