Monday, 15 June 2009

Today I did nothing!

The garden taken from the bedroom window. I tried to get a panarama of the whole garden, after all it is small enough, but failed miserably!

When I got up this morning the sun was shining and everything was fresh and beautiful. So beautiful in fact that after breakfast I just sat outside and viewed the garden. I didn't read, I wasn't doing anything at all constructive, I was just sitting. And it was lovely! The colours all seemed brighter; the greens were so varied and so lovely together. I even noticed some butterflies, and yet I would swear I hadn't seen any before in any quantity. Sometimes I think it does us good to just stop and stare. To be like a child who is quite happy to absorb what is around him without feeling guilty that he isn't rushing madly around trying to achieve things. I must have sat there for a good half hour meditating on the beauties of the garden and how fortunate I was to actually have a garden, small as it is; and that half hour seemed to buoy me up for the rest of the day. Things seemed brighter and I was more positive. So perhaps I will make this a daily habit. Well when it isn't raining that is!


  1. I think your panorama is just fine -- your garden is lovely! My yard isn't ready for panoramas, lol -- too much empty yard to fill up!

  2. It sounds a most positive day to me Valeri. I don't know whether you have come across this poem which is one of my favourites :)


    What is this life if, full of care,
    We have no time to stand and stare.

    No time to stand beneath the boughs
    And stare as long as sheep or cows.

    No time to see, when woods we pass,
    Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

    No time to see, in broad daylight,
    Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

    No time to turn at Beauty's glance,
    And watch her feet, how they can dance.

    No time to wait till her mouth can
    Enrich that smile her eyes began.

    A poor life this if, full of care,
    We have no time to stand and stare.

    William Henry Davies

  3. Don't worry Meredith. Just keep planting. You'll be amazed at how quickly space can fill up! I shall look forward to seeing your panarama!
    Love the poem Anna. It says it all! And it was a perfectly positive time!

  4. I am pleased you enjoyed your garden it is looking good.

    Who was it said sometimes I sits and thinks and sometimes I just sits.

    I love your poem Anna.