Walking back to happiness.

There has been a lot going on in my wee corner to of the world lately. What with the renovation – we are nearly there, working on my next book, we are also nearly there too, and an upcoming speaking tour where I shall be sharing the love I have for my garden and growing veggies in it.  As a result there isn’t a lot going on in my garden.

Welcome to the Jungle

Welcome to the Jungle

With the words of a very wise magazine editor ringing in my ears “Sarah don’t let all the writing take you from the garden” I feel convicted.  Just a few short months ago my garden was looking the best ever!  I was so proud of it.  It was almost spring ready – in the middle of autumn!  But as we draw closer to winter, it has come undone.  It is a Jungle.  A complete mess.  I need to take action.

Salad anyone?

Salad anyone?

Public shame is a fabulous thing, so I shall rely on the supportive expectation of my wonderful readers to redress the balance in the garden.   Every day I shall endeavour to get out there and do at least one thing – that should hopefully lead on to more and return my garden to a state of high productivity – on top of everything else I must do.  I shall keep you posted – it may just be a photo, sometimes from somewhere exotic (but sadly not in my garden) and other times it may be the achievement of a major project, of which I have an ever expanding list to choose from or even just weeding.

What was once weed free

What was once weed free

So on this Monday, early in May I shall get dirt under my nails at least once a day, for the greater good of my garden, my peace of mind and my authentic journey into sharing what I love to do and actually finding the time to do it.

There is still good things growing

There is still good things growing

Come again soon – it may be a bit bumpy, but I shall garden on!

Sarah the Gardener  : o )

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20 Comments on “Walking back to happiness.

  1. I think you face alot more pressures than many of us Sarah – you must feel answerable to many when you can’t keep up with the garden, book stuff, blogging ….household stuff – lets face it we all have lives that are nothing to do with what we blog about. We shouldn’t feel a need to garden when we can’t – or blog, or whatever!! I often feel the pressure to post when actually I just want to do what I am doing whether it’s gardening, cooking or whatever without feeling some weird need to report in for blogging duty (because sometimes I do feel like that!) or taking it easy because I just get tired some days or weeks. But it must be harder for you. Important to say here the only people who put pressure on is ourselves!!! 🙂 Take it easy on yourself x

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    • Wendy you are so sweet. Thank you for your concern. The thing is I love gardening. It centres me. But it is so easy in the busyness of life to put it off and then you find the garden goes to wrack and ruin and gets relegated to the too hard basket. I am also a bit deadline driven, and conveniently also love to write. So the only way to satisfy the need to write also gives me the excuse I need to get into the garden, and there I find my peace. From time to time when I may get a little cranky Hubby the Un-Gardener sends me off to spend time in the garden because he knows a much happier person will come back! Besides – if I don’t garden – we don’t get yummy things to eat! Now I just have to wait for it to stop raining!
      Cheers S : o ) xx

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  2. Those peppers are absolutely gorgeous, so bright and inviting. And like quarteracrelifestyle said, take it easy on yourself!

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    • Thank you for your concern. I love to garden, but lately I feel the busyness of life has stopped me from enjoying my garden. I am hoping this will be a way to give me back some of the fun in the garden I have been missing lately.
      The peppers are habaneros, and I am a little frightened of them! I may make a searingly hot chilli sauce to spice up our mid winter meals!
      Cheers Sarah : o )

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      • Oh, I do love the joy you feel in the garden – I’ve been enjoying it myself, vicariously. I thought those lil fellers looked pretty hot – not just beauty-wise! 😆

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  3. Reblogged this on Linda's wildlife garden and commented:
    Sarah your garden is lovely we all get moments when our wildflowers (weeds) want to be in other parts of our garden were we do not want them take my grass as lawnmower broken their having a ball right night but it will get back soon to having a short hair cut

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    • Thanks Linda. Sometimes it is easy to forget why we do what we love. Just a gentle chipping away at the garden shall slowly restore it to a good place. I just need the winter weather to stop raining, but I’m sure I will find something to do anyway.
      Cheers Sarah : o )

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  4. It’s scary how much the garden can get out of control if you just turn your back for a moment. We are rolling up our sleeves and doing some tackling ourselves.

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    • Hi Virginia. I have learnt the hard way that it is best to stay on top of the garden over the winter months otherwise spring is just too much of an effort to prepare for.
      But also, just spending time in the garden is important to me. I love being in it it – it energizes me. I can hardly imagine a life without some kind of gardening going on. And of course then there is the yummy veggies, which I wouldn’t be without!
      All the best with getting your garden spring ready.
      Cheers Sarah : o )

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  5. I’ve been tackling some long overdue jobs too – these things happen. So what if a few lettuces made a bolt for it (see what I did there 🙂 ), the peppers look good and you’ll soon catch back up with yourself 😉
    Good luck with the new book

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    • Hi Elaine. Winter is a great time to tackle some exciting projects about the garden, so I really want to have the garden self managing – well as self managing as it can be. I guess I am not the type of person that can be confined to the inside day after day. The book is an exciting kids gardening book, jam packed with loads of really cool projects, which came from trying to get the boys remotely interested in helping me in the garden – without the moaning! So I guess being inside for a short period will be worth it in the end!
      Once my kitchen is finished, I think the first thing to be made will be a searingly hot batch of chilli sauce!
      I am a little behind with my blog reading so expect a whole swathe of likes sometime soon as I catch up on what you have been doing. I’m sure it will be really exciting.
      Cheers Sarah : o )

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  6. Sometimes life gets in the way of living, doesn’t it? Take it easy on yourself. We can each only do so much.

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    • Thanks for your concern. Sometimes we need to stop what we are doing and have a look around and make sure we are still doing what we want to be doing, or have we drifted away into something completely different without noticing.
      I just need to get dirt under my nails again, I’ve been missing it terribly.
      Cheers Sarah : o )

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  7. Your garden is immense. I can understand why it could run a muck so quickly with all the other things you do. I’m sobered every time I see your photos.

    You’re my idol, Sarah. You write, blog, garden and raise children and you maintain a great sense of humour.

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    • Hi Alys. Thank you for your kind words. I am humbled, however I’m just a gardener trying to share the love, while feeding my family.
      Although I really must stop expanding my garden. My latest project is a cut flower garden bed – treating them like crops. So I shall be able to have beautiful flowers in my new kitchen!
      Cheers Sarah : o )

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      • I think you’re awesome, Sarah!

        Oh…cut flowers. What a dream to have the space to do that. You’ll have ready made gifts for your friends all season long. You’ve just evoked a memory, too. I remember the last day of our school year in Canada before we moved. Our dad cut long tall stems from his garden, probably gladiolas, to give to our teachers. It’s suddenly as clear as day. Thanks for that.

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