If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. Cicero It’s hot—thirty-two degrees Celsius hot. I’m standing at my community garden plot, hose in hand, watering and plucking the odd spring of dill that’s become a persistent weed since the gardener next door let a forest of hers go to seed.
A visitor to a garden sees the successes, usually. The gardener remembers mistakes and losses, some for a long time, and imagines the garden in a year, and in an unimaginable future.” W.S. Merwin, What Is a Garden? I get nothing done. Church, in the morning, followed by a trip to a garden centre for
She feels about being alone the way most people feel about chocolate. Anna Quindlen, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake I intend to speak to no one today except for my Yorkie, Maya. I will bathe in solitude and sunshine, spending an abundance of time on my deck with my manuscript, a notebook, and a
Gardens are a form of autobiography. Sydney Eddison, Gardening for a Lifetime: How to Garden Wiser as You Grow Older There’s a bag of assorted fish parts thawing in the fridge. I’ve been saving it since Gerry’s salmon fishing trip last summer for precisely this day. A mason jar full of crushed eggshells awaits, along
The beginning is always today. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley The sweetness of the pre-dawn morning gently ushers in the day and the week. It’s quiet, but for the regular breathing of Gerry next to me, Maya snoring softly at the end of the bed, and the distant sound of road noise through the open window. Through
It's exciting to see things coming up again, plants that you've had twenty or thirty years. It's like seeing an old friend. Tasha Tudor, The Private World of Tasha Tudor This is our fifth spring back in Canada; retired, and seeing things through the lens of a different life. This is the fifth spring of
The really wonderful moments of joy in this world are not moments of self-satisfaction, but self-forgetfulness. John Piper, Don't Waste Your Life Seven years ago. I’m on I-5 heading toward home. I see a billboard with an image of a couple relaxing in lounge chairs on a sandy beach with turquoise water and palm trees