My new [but old] house has the most beautiful garden.
A lemon tree, an orange tree, grapes, olives, grass and some peaceful gnomes. A space so clearly loved by the old lady who lived here [almost all her life] before us.
Just being outside is making my heart beat happy.
Do you ever read those columns in sunday newspaper magazines where they ask semi.famous.folk about their ideal day? And they say that they would wake up in Cannes and drink champagne and sail their yacht and stuff.
I recently had a crazy, suck.my.spirit.and.spit.me.out week so I decided that I needed to treat myself to my own version of a perfect day. A lunch-for-one, a new pair of pants and a middle.of.the.day/all.on.my.own.movie and I was back to feeling top.notch.
Fancy south.of.france.on.a.boat stuff sounds terrific but when I’m feeling a bit rotten, it’s often the simple things that are most effective in restoring my spirit.
Sometimes tiny connections with people boost my whole day.
Last week a lovely lady hand delivered me a little Welcome.To.The.Neighbourhood package. Filled with lemons and herbs from her garden.
Later that day My Littlest One and I walked to the park to see the ducks and we met a grandfather with his six month old grandson. This is Rex [he said proudly]. And then added: I have the incredible privilege to spend every Thursday morning with him [oh!]
And on the way home we met a lady taking photos of the landscape. She told me that she lectures on the ways our shifting engagement with our surroundings impacts our experience of self.
So many beautiful people. My heart so happy.
A lovely lady came to my place, to quote on blinds. She was terrific and a couple of times made reference to plants in the garden. I asked her if she was a big.garden.person.
Well, she said [conspiratorially]. Yes!
And then she told me about her amazing love for plants and gardens, for texture and colour and balance. She told me she has a small [and thriving] business designing beautiful outdoor spaces for other people. But [she qualified], it’s just something I do on the side.
The whole time she had been speaking about this business and her love for plants, she was completely lit up. Enormously energised and inspiring.
I am always curious about pursuits that lovely folk reveal quietly, as ‘just something on the side’. I reckon that’s where the real magic often lies.