On a gardening note . . .

by Naomi on October 10, 2010

in Daily Life

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A gasp of wonder accompanies the unearthing of my first radish crop. Composted soil cakes my fingers and filters between my toes as I double dig my veggie garden until the sweat flows freely. Swiss chard, sweetcorn, peas, carrots, potatoes in piles of tyres, tomatoes, squash and the sweetest, fattest strawberries under the baking African sun. All of these and more contribute to feeding our largely self-sufficient community.

This memory murmurs from a distant two years spent as an uchi-dechi (full-time trainee karate instructor) on a Stilbaai farm. It enriches the playing fields of my mind, while fulfilling a lifetime’s gardening duty. I’m also left with an understanding of my mother’s (and her father’s) passion for the pastime. After all, there’s something kind of cosmic about getting down and dirty – as any kid, or enduro rider, can tell you πŸ˜€

So I gladly obliged when my Mom asked me recently to photograph her Spring garden.



Yogi Raman, the fabled sage featured in Robin S. Sharma’s “The Monk who sold his Ferrari”, draws an analogy between the mind and a garden. He explains our natural tendency to think negatively, while emphasising the importance of plucking out all negative thoughts before they have a chance to take root. Just as one would lovingly tend a garden, starting with awareness of the weeds. One of his suggestions is “Opposition Thinking”, which entails immediately replacing an undesirable thought with an uplifting one.

Great advice, with a view to nurturing a mind full of beautiful metaphorical flowers πŸ™‚




In summary, Robin Sharma states that “The quality of your life is determined by the quality of your thoughts”. Something worth thinking about . . .

Oh, and a post about my Mom’s garden couldn’t be complete without mentioning Gypsy and Fudge, who live in one of the corners. They’re her guinea pigs – and grandchildrens’ delight! This is Gypsy tucking in, but thankfully not into the flower beds:

GYPSY the Guinea Pig

{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

cindy October 10, 2010 at 4:53 pm

Lovely … I almost bought a guinea pig today.


Naomi October 10, 2010 at 6:13 pm

Thanks Cin…and delighted to discover that you got a dwarf rabbit πŸ™‚


nrhatch October 10, 2010 at 5:56 pm

Hi Naomi!
Glad to see you’re tending your garden, plucking weeds as you go. πŸ™‚

Love the photos of Gypsy and the flowers.


Naomi October 10, 2010 at 6:15 pm

Thank you for appreciating, Nancy!


kateshrewsday October 10, 2010 at 6:08 pm

Guinea pig synchronicity….
I love those luscious sweet peas…British weather was not kind to ours this year. Pass my complements onto your mother. It’s a beautiful garden.
Oh, to be self sufficient as a gardener! What a wonderful experience!


Naomi October 10, 2010 at 6:17 pm

Hehe…thank you, Kate πŸ™‚ I will certainly pass on your compliments to my Mom, who particularly loves those sweet peas!

That gardening/farming experience was pretty awesome – and hard physical labour πŸ˜€


Dave Estment October 10, 2010 at 7:12 pm

Hi my Love.
Love reading your awesome posts.
Always relevant, sincere and beautifully articulated.
Your fan forever.


Naomi October 10, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Ah, thank you, my Darling!! Your love and support means more than anything, and I return it breath for breath. Your fan forever too, β™₯ X O


nrhatch October 10, 2010 at 7:50 pm

Hey! Get a (cyber) room, you two! 8)


Naomi October 10, 2010 at 9:58 pm

LOL! Off to our real room now…will visit properly in the morning πŸ™‚


souldipper October 10, 2010 at 8:48 pm

Naomi, a karate instructor, too? There’s no end to the discoveries in a lovely spring garden.

Yeah, Nancy…they behaved f-a-i-r-l-y well on the safari. ;0


Naomi October 10, 2010 at 10:02 pm

That was decades ago, Amy (shh). It almost qualifies as a previous life πŸ™‚

And hey, weren’t we impeccable?? Miss u…will be over to indulge in your latest posts tomorrow, xo


Lance October 11, 2010 at 2:53 am

Enjoy the garden!! Mmmm….as our garden has just finished for the year…I’m now missing it even more…

And I love that idea of plucking the “weeds” from our thinking!


Naomi October 11, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Thank you, Lance!! Sorry to remind you of your waning garden, but enjoy the Autumn leaves πŸ™‚ It’s quite an odd concept being in such different seasons…


buttercup600 October 11, 2010 at 4:46 am

Amazing flowers and garden, so colorful…loved Gypsy…so cute. Have a good week Naomi xoxoxox


Yvette October 11, 2010 at 10:26 am

Great photo’s of a Spring garden…beautiful colours..and in agreeance with the anology of mind and garden….!


Naomi October 11, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Thank you so much, Yvette! Delighted to have been introduced to your BEAUTIFUL blog!


Naomi October 11, 2010 at 12:32 pm

Thanks so much, Amanda…and a beautiful week to you too! XOXOXO


Jingle October 11, 2010 at 3:38 pm

love those flowers..
u take my breath away.


Naomi October 11, 2010 at 4:32 pm

Thank you, Jingle!


Jingle October 11, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Our poetry potluck is NOW open, welcome linking in..
an old poem would be fine,
thanks for the support.


Jingle October 11, 2010 at 3:39 pm
Naomi October 11, 2010 at 4:33 pm

Ah, what a sweetie you are, THANKS Jingle! Sincerely appreciate it πŸ™‚


Jamie Dedes October 12, 2010 at 5:13 pm

Oh, we love your mom’s Gypsy!

What a leasurely and voluptuous post with little pokes of beautify and wisdom tucked here and there … like seeds tossed gracely along a garden path. What wonderful photographs. A tidy package, breakfast for my soul. Thank you!

Hope you and your mom continue to reap joys from your gardents.


Naomi October 12, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Ah, what a darling you are, Jamie πŸ™‚ Thank you so much and lots of love to you and your gorgeous Gypsy!


Tokeloshe October 13, 2010 at 1:56 am

Oh what a delight!

Your mom is very lucky to have her love of gardening captured so well.


Naomi October 13, 2010 at 7:24 am

Thanks so much, Tok πŸ™‚ It was tough to choose only these few photo’s, from our fifty-odd favourites!


J. Elle October 13, 2010 at 7:22 pm

nice! thanks for sharing


Naomi October 13, 2010 at 7:32 pm

Thank you. I’ve just visited your blog, which is a feast of stunning photography!


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