time and mindfulness

I am worrying…well not exactly worry, more like I haven’t sat down to blog in quite some time and I need to talk to someone if not myself!… Perhaps there is someone out there who does read and enjoy my ramblings. That’s the thing about linear time: we created it and now we have to live with it skipping past at an unstoppable rate. Or do we?

Every moment in every day is yours, so what ever your doing make it count for you. Each new task deserves a few deep breaths just to quieten the mind and set the body in motion on something new that it hasn’t done before. As many times as we laboriously begin an action, we can celebrate in that action being completely new and different from the last time we did it. No two are ever exactly the same. Take a few breaths and dwell in what you are doing. At the completion, take another few breaths and dwell upon what has been achieved. And yes, as mundane as it may seem, you have had the opportunity to do it again, and I bet you will be grateful if you are here tomorrow to do the same.Image

Do the same with the not so mundane, the exciting, the completely new, the challenge, the next time you get or give a hug! Take a few breaths and live the time you have given to the experience. You will never have exactly the same again. Such is the progress of time! Breathe through the happy and the sad moments and know the next will not be the same as the last. You Image

have the opportunity to do something new. You have the opportunity to create your life.

open a ‘book’ garden

Are you like me? I ponder over garden books for hours and dream about all sorts of wonderful changes I can make to my garden. A trellis would look nice there, and I can make up a piece of sculpture from those old shovels in the shed (just a quick lesson needed on how to use a welder of course), or perhaps I could do a pottery day with Fried Mud studio! My vegie garden is a little over-grown, but I’m sure it will look great when I clean it and plant the Winter crop! The options are endless. My available energy to manage 2 acres is not! I love my garden and I thought you might like a photo just to confirm my musings! I live in the most beautiful spot in the Blackall Ranges, Sunshine Coast Hinterland, and if anyone is interested this garden is for sale!

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I have come to realise that sometimes I am much better just ‘dream’ gardening in a book, tucked up in bed with the fire going on a Winter’s day. What an adventure one can have!

Books of good quality and gardening magazines can be expensive, and, at the rate I ‘book garden’, I would be poor! There is also a need to store them and if I am going to collect anything, it will be a book or magazine! After many years of moving home and garden, I have decided to cull my magazine collection down to my beloved ‘Country Style’, ‘Tropical Gardening’, ‘Sanctuary’ and a few more “green” mags. I have convinced my family I am well on my way to saving money and cupboard space. I have even considered buying a tablet so as to cull further, but I love the feeling of paper in my hands, covered in beautiful pictures and inspiring words. Something has been lost in the computer screen visual! My daughter attempted to reason that I have a laptop to read from but I argued a tablet would be much more like holding a book. She sighed! Would you like another peak at my garden?Image

Allow yourself to dream. Garden in a good book. Too expensive you say! I use my local library to keep up to date with the latest magazines and garage sales are great to buy old editions at pocket money prices. Plants never go out of date and you can take all the time in the world to enjoy those great photos over a cuppa and cake.

ImageImageImageI have also become a regular Op Shopper!  You don’t have to be a ‘regular’ to find that interesting book with full colour illustrations and of course take time to enjoy the whole experience.  It is worth the moments to find that something ‘special’. My last visit turned up this ‘House and Garden’ edition and I spent just four dollars. A bargain! Hours of turning pages and ideas to ponder. And you can always pass on the gift to someone else for the price of a coffee out.

Just imagine the money you will save to buy your new seedlings when you do get that plot prepared, and if you can’t get out to dig in the soil, it’s too hot, chilly or wet, be still, grab a cuppa, cuddle a pillow, relax and allow yourself a personal moment to dream.Image

Tell yourself you deserve these moments  and open a ‘book’ gardenImage

smell the roses!

Mirri

visit an open garden

a welcoming sight

Lost myself for two hours in The Lost Garden at Belli Park,near Eumundi qld. Oh so beautiful, restoring the soul and I didn’t have to do the hard work.

I do aspire to having my own Open Garden or at least own an old and much loved one in my lifetime. Always created but never stayed long enough to enjoy as I am a little ‘Gypsy’ in my movements. I shall post some pics of mine soon.

The house is built lovingly of rock,  timber and glass to breathe in the constant of the changing seasons, surrounded by greenery, flowers and bird song.

Years of work, a labour of love, have manifested in a place to call ‘home’ and a delight for visitors.

broms in flower

pipes of colour

forest walk

forest walk

bamboo graces the garden

bamboo graces the garden

Visit a garden open near you and enjoy a coffee and a chat to the owners. They are only too pleased to share their vision. Buy a plant or two to take home to remember your day. Some gardens have plants to share!

get ideas for your garden

plantings abound

And don’t for get to have a cuppa. I was offered a delightful mix match of crockery, so I had two ……. and a yummy piece of German Orange Cake drizzled with orange sauce and lashings of cream on the side. It was Mothers Day after all.

Go out and visit an Open Garden near you. Restore your soul!                                                                             Mairynn

high tea

high tea

have another

have another