Wednesday, April 10, 2013

My garden wakes up and I move forward



How do you spell joyful? How do you spell happy? How do you spell uplifted spirits? I believe they are all spelled G-A-R-D-E-N.

These photos were taken this morning on a little stroll through my back and front gardens. I mention the backyard first because that's usually where my walks begin--out the back door with Meeko by my side. This time of year is bursting with daily changes. I do regular inspections of shoots and buds knowing that more and more blossoms are on their way. The anticipation is delicious. The birds have been so loud (in a good way) the past few days. They are my marker that spring has truly arrived. There was a little song sparrow earlier today singing his little heart out. He perches in the neighbour's tree and I always like to imagine from year to year that it is the same little fellow. 

Spring. So much activity. So much life. So much to look forward to.

I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the beautiful words of encouragement that you wrote for me after my last post. I had tears in my eyes as I read them--not of sadness, more of amazement and gratitude for the wonderful, eloquent, big-hearted bunch of people who gather here. Thank you as well for the honesty that you spoke of your own art and struggles.  There is enormous strength in knowing that we are not alone in our worries and challenges.

Many of my posts are about ordinary things on ordinary days, but I have to say that when I have spoken up about deeper and more difficult things, the response has always been quite amazing. I find it extraordinary that we are able to make connections and establish friendships in what could be a cold and impersonal forum. I was thinking that the only thing missing at times like that is a big pot of tea or coffee or a bottle of wine in the middle of the table as we share our opinions and experiences.

I've put my setback behind me and have been painting this week and finding joy and satisfaction in it. I hope you are able to find time for creative pleasures this week whatever your medium. A big, big hug to you all.

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  1. Isn't it a delicious time of the year? I am enjoying it so much as well.
    Thank you for sharing- I am so happy you are so honest and so from 'the heart'... I would love a bottle of wine or a pot of coffee on the table between us! And on we go...letting Spring strenghten our hopes for the future;-)

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    1. I would enjoy that too, Annamaria. A toast to what's ahead. :)

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  2. My husband tells me we have some blooms that came up in the back yard. Can you believe I haven't even gone out to see? Yesterday we could really see the return of the green grass but I'm still not seeing buds on the trees or bushes. Hopefully soon!

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    1. It actually snowed here today so I'm not thinking about spring quite as much as yesterday! But go and visit those flowers of yours! :)

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  3. Ah these pictures are so good for the soul. I so identify with you and Meeko because I always love to take my coffee out in the mornings with my dogs and meander through the beds seeing what is blooming. It is truly an exciting time. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful day.

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    1. I love all of the seasons for different reasons but spring has the others beat as far as excitement goes.

      We share a morning routine. :)

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  4. Things are springing up here, I can't believe it, it's still so cold. We have had sunshine though, so they must sense the light. Keep hoping for some warmth, but not yet? I think it's the best time of year, and then there is summer and butterflies and bees, and then autumn and wonderful leaves, and the first snow in winter is just so lovely.....I like our changing seasons! :) Glad you are onwards and upwards.

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    1. Snow here today. Maybe those birds I heard were singing warnings? Ahh!!! Temperatures are up again next week so it won't last long. Lots to look forward to.

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  5. it is a very beautiful supportive community we are blessed to belong to.

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