This growing season hasn’t been the easiest and having the Christmas holidays right in the middle of it all can be a tad problematic, with all the shopping, partying, the end of year rush and general festivities and craziness. Add to that the terrible weather that just won’t settle down into the never ending blue sky summer we have been expecting and it takes all self control not to get despondent over the state of the garden.
But Christmas isn’t supposed to be a burden, it is supposed to be a time of hope, peace, joy and goodwill. It is a time to count your blessings and look forward to a better tomorrow thanks to a small boy’s birthday. So, in light of a tumultuous season that has caused more heartache than joy I am going to count my Christmas blessings.
- I have a beautiful garden, that when in full flourish is productive and delicious and provides most of our vegetable needs for most of the year. It may be hard work and sometimes feel like an uphill battle, but I would be completely lost without it and it is my happy place (99.9% of the time!).
- We live in the most amazing place, with the most incredible sunsets as the sun sinks into the edge of the ocean every evening. No two are alike. Watching waves crash on the shore from the kitchen window is such a privilege. I must remember never to take it for granted.
- I get to do what I love for a job, gardening and writing about gardening, and I can do my writing right there in my garden office, overlooking it all. I have a dream job.
- I have a wonderful and supportive family and without Hubby the Un-Gardener none of this would have happened at all. The boys have grown into such wonderful young men and are capable of lifting more bags of compost and digging quicker than I ever could.
- I even want to count my Multiple Sclerosis as a blessing as it was what prompted us to move to the country in the first place and live a different life from the path we were on before.
- Having a dog. I have never been a dog person before but since Jasper the Dog came into our world I have become a sucker for a goofy, delightful fella who thinks I am the bees knees!
- I still love cats too. Fennel the Cat is very much my cat and adores being in the garden with me. Due to her bitey, scratchy kitten stage, that has long since passed, some of the family give her a wide berth. But that is their loss as she is such a smoochy wee thing.
- My faith is a blessing, giving Christmas a reason deeper than just exchanging gifts, but gives me a hope that all things are possible and I am equipped to do what I need to do, and if the love of my family wasn’t enough, it is comforting to know I am deeply loved.
- I get to work with some really lovely people in my working relationships with Yates NZ, Gardena, NZ Herald, Kiwi Gardener Magazine and my new role with Botanica World Discoveries. Not only to they allow me to get the most out of my garden, and provide me with an opportunity to do more of what I love, but they provide me with the resources to support my garden and my family so I can just share my love of gardening on my social media without asking for anything in return.
- The people who take the time to follow what I am up to on my social media. I’m not a stat counter or a like chaser, I just do what I do because it makes me happy and I want to share the joy so maybe, just maybe one person picks up a spade, turns over some earth and plants a seed and discovers the joy of growing something wonderful to eat.
This was a wonderful exercise, and I can feel the joyous spirit of Christmas grow within me. I am ready for this fabulous season and looking forward to spending it with friends and family… and maybe some stolen moments in the garden (well, someone has to dig up the fresh spuds on Christmas day!).
So, from Me and my family, I would really like to wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas.
Come again soon – it is almost the end of a decade, and yet I haven’t aged a bit!
Sarah the Gardener : o)