Saturday, 21 March 2009

Meditation In Motion...


This weekend is a good weekend because I've put aside some time for the garden. Oh, I do love to garden - although it's constant work up here on the farm. Just when you think you've got the place in order, the rains come, the weeds make their way to the surface and voila - more work to be done. Even though the garden requires constant maintenance, it is such a fulfilling place to spend my time. I find that gardening is another form of meditation or rather meditation in motion, which is more my kind of reflection. My relationship with the garden is a little like a metaphor for life - that with patience, gentle and constant tending and watering, and an excitement about what could be - it will rise up to meet your expectations. I find that life's like that too... Yes, it's a lovely day to spend in the garden.

13 comments:

red ticking said...

i just think your blog is charming... i hope you dont mind that i post one of your photos on mine.. i keep looking at it and it makes me soo happy... i will post tomorrow... the little lavendar bedroom with the cross above the bed... who wouldnt want a room like this?
have a lovely weekend...

red ticking said...

i love your charming blog and would love to post a photo from your blog on mine with your permission.the very sweet lavendar bedroom with cross above the bed... i look at this often and it makes me so happy... i am going to look for your books.. they look fantastic... i love home too... feels so good. we are so blessed...

Shannon Fricke said...

That's fine RedTicking,
That particular photograph was taken by Prue Ruscoe and is of my daughter Inezs' bedroom in our old house in Sydney. Ah, it brings back memories of a time when the kids were small. (snuffle, snuffle!)

ness lockyer said...

I have been out in the garden all day Shannon and I am knackered!
Sore, but delighted to have had a whole day making gardens. Hope you enjoyed yours,
Ness xx

LexyB said...

Do you want to come back to Sydney to do some weeding in my garden? Oh, it will be very meditative, I promise!

Anonymous said...

Hi Shannon
I feel exactly the same way you do about gardening and my garden....Whenever it is chaos inside my home, i head outside and i feel sooooo relaxed....

I also must tell your Blog is truly inspiring and i am so excited because i have just purchased one of your books, Sense of Style, Colour & Space and am eagrly awaiting it's arrival in the post

Thank-you Shannon
Giovanna

Millie said...

What a lovely way to look at your garden Shannon, the only term I feel comfortable using around ours is 'urban jungle warfare'! One day we'll be as one, but for now the garden is winning hands down.
Millie ^_^

Barb Fisher said...

I have to agree with Millie. One day, I hope to have a beautiful garden I can tend to with joy. But the combination of a two year old needing constant attention and no real rain since, like, November.... it's looking like a place that plants come to curl up and die.

Justine McKinlay said...

I also spent my Sunday in my vegetable garden with my two young daughters. We have slowly been turning brown thumbs green and can now make a meal from its produce. It is work for the soul, meditation, hard physical activity and a satisfaction at the end of the day that something has been accomplished.
Gardening is one of the factors that my mother credits with her beating the 'year to live' prognosis of cancer over 13 years ago. Long may she garden!

Carla said...

Hi Shannon, your garden looks heavenly. If i could wish for one thing in the world it would be a veggie garden. Yours looks fab and there is nothing like having a connection to the earth. Thanks for the inpiration. Carla

Inside Out said...

I hope you enjoy your wonderful-sounding Paris trip (with fine family entourage in tow). Surely that brings some magic to turning 40!
Lee Tran

Tilda B. Hervé said...

in switzerland we are still waiting for spring.... but then....!! thanks a lot for all this wonderful moods!!

fliss said...

I know what you mean about gardening.... it bliss' me out and is so satisfying to be eating from your own garden. Happy to find your blog :)