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(This will just be a quick post because I have a doctor’s appointment soon)

I was talking to my sister this morning and she mentioned that she’d read my last blog post and she commented on the fact that most of my recent posts have all been about gardening and I completely agree with her! I’m reminded of it every time I choose my tags for the posts and am confronted with a tag cloud that shows me how often I use each tag and ‘garden’ screams at me very loudly! It’s not that gardening is all I do – the truth is far from that! The fact of the matter is that the garden produces the most beautiful photos and I am loathe to post anything without pictures. I am too visually and aesthetically minded to omit a visual aid ┬áin most of my posts!

I am going to try and get a greater variety back into my posts but today I have yet another gardening related post that I have to share with you.

Yesterday I had a small revelation. It began when my aunt told me about a family friend who is going through some unexpected financial problems and is having trouble getting food on the table for her family of three. My aunt is planning to visit her and give her a supermarket voucher and it was without hesitation that I said I would get a box of veges from the garden to give her family too. This is the reason everyone should grow their own veges and fruit – so we can share! God makes an abundance of goodness grow from tiny little seeds and it only makes sense to share what we can’t use.

And so yesterday and today I have been gathering vegetables and packing them into a box to be given to this family who we love. It was pretty amazing to see how much the garden has given us. My dad works the hardest in the garden and it’s to his credit that it’s so productive. I think we have a responsibility to share all our blessings whether they be food or time or the ability to listen.

Anyway, the vegetables looked so beautiful on the table so I had to take a photo to share with you.

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It’s not a great photo but you get the point. Everything on that table was from my parents’ garden. Just for interest and so you can see what we harvest in late spring in a subtropical climate I will list what’s there. Sweet potato, pumpkin, leek, brown onions, cucumber, squash, cherry tomatoes, pepinos, carrots (in the paper bag), green and brown mignonette lettuces, tatsoi (an asian green that’s great in stir fries and salads), beetroot, lebanese eggplants, celery, bean yam, choko, a lemon and a jar of freshly made strawberry jam my mum made from home grown strawberries. The best thing about this food is that it all came from the garden and it’s just the extras.

So it was with lots of love and a little pride that I packed it all up into a box to be given to some people that my family and I love.

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If you’re wanting more motivation to start growing your own veges you’ve got it. I’ve always loved the idea of being able to grow a big lemon tree that produces so much fruit you have to give it away. The same could be done with tomatoes or chokos or whatever else your individual green thumb can nurture. It also fits into my ideal world where community and family means everything. But I can tell you more about that idea later.

I love you all.

ps. Did you see my new bunch of zinnias? This time I picked all the little flowers. Some of them are amazingly detailed!

It’s been a while hasn’t it? I’m still alive and getting through all that life throws at me. So much has happened since I last blogged three months ago!

I remember thinking I could be one of those regular bloggers who maintained an up to date blog full of all sorts of lovely things but then reality kicked in. I have uni and assignments that make me far more stressed than I should allow and I have practical experiences in schools that leave me so exhausted by the end of the day and I have a lovely family and beautiful friends who I want to talk to and spend time with.

Life for me is crazy at the moment and I think what makes it the hardest is that I haven’t really found my rhythm yet. I feel as though I have hit the wall with my studies and my assignments (which really aren’t that hard) make me feel like I am tackling Mt Everest! I think 5 years of university in a row is far too much for my brain. But I will stick it out.

Life must continue and I would like to find my rhythm wherever it is. I’ll let you know when I find it.

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But in the meantime I will always find my little joys like these flowers. They’re zinnias and I grew them from seed. They have to be the most satisfying flowers to grow. They just pop right out of the soil and grow so vigorously and produce long stemmed, bright, happy blooms that are perfect in a vase inside. I love the way there seems to be tiny little yellow flowers around the centre of each one…ooh and the colours! Pink, yellow, red, orange, white, peach, orange and every colour in between!

My zinnia plants are growing in the bed where I had my old tomato plants.

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The garlic is still chugging along in there and I’ve also got some californian poppies and some pink and white everlasting daisies (also known as paper daisies!). The curly parsley has just died so I’ve scattered some heartsease seeds to fill in the gaps. They’re my new favourite flower!

Fresh flowers always brighten my day! What’s been brightening yours?