Life for us all, is very challenging at this present time.
The COVID-19 virus itself hits the older generations and people with underlying health problems the hardest but can still affects us all.The affect that the virus has with our everyday lives, our future both immediate and long term, will have greater consequences on the poorest in society and the young.
Although, amongst all the doom and gloom you do get to see acts of kindness from people going above and beyond to help others, which always gives hope that one day, we will pull through this. Simple acts that speaks volumes. Then unfortunately when you take a look at some of those we have in charge, in particular the ‘Uncaring, Delusional Fuckwits’ from the Donald and Boris show along with their ‘Sheep like arse kissing Minions’ – then things get a tad worrying to say the least. It is a rollercoaster of emotions we all go through each day from watching the news and seeing what is happening all around us, from ‘the good, the bad and the very ugly!’
On a personal level, myself and my family have not had it as bad as others but it has still been a very challenging and difficult time. Although saying that, the last few weeks have been a total ‘Fucking’ nightmare” with a constant conveyor belt of shit, being thrown our way! Life as a self employed gardener is not something I would recommend… not at this present time anyway. Throw the COVID-19 situation together with the battle we have with the challenging climate we have – you do feel like you are in a constant ‘Bare knuckle fight’ whilst blindfolded!
Thankfully working in a garden, you can immerse yourself into the natural world and try and ignore for a short time, some of the worry of the situation we all find ourselves in. Admittedly, this is not always easy to do!
Being my first post for a while and with the world being caught up in the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic, I thought a post with some inspirational words along with some colourful pictures from the garden, was the order of the day. A way to try and escape some of the grim news we face each day in the news and our own personal lives. Let nature try and calm some of worries and show us that there is always light at the end of a dark tunnel.
“When love came first to earth, the Spring Spread rose-beds to receive him.” ~Thomas Campbell
Rosa ‘Dubin Bay’
Rosa ‘Olivia Rose Austin’
Ross ‘Tranquillity ‘
“It was a little budding rose,
Round like a fairy globe,
And shyly did its leaves unclose
Hid in their mossy robe,
But sweet was the slight and spicy smell
It breathed from its heart invisible.
“The rose is blasted, withered, blighted,
Its root has felt a worm,
And like a heart beloved and slighted,
Failed, faded, shrunk its form.
Bud of beauty, bonnie flower,
I stole thee from thy natal bower.
I was the worm that withered thee,
Thy tears of dew all fell for me;
Leaf and stalk and rose are gone,
Exile earth they died upon.
Yes, that last breath of balmy scent
With alien breezes sadly blent!”
~ Emily Bronte
“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the mind.”
~ Luther Burbank
“Gardening simply does not allow one to be mentally old, because too many hopes and dreams are yet to be realised.” ~ Allan Armitage
A happy garden worker
“Like trains of cars on tracks of plush
I hear the level bee:
A jar across the flowers goes,
Their velvet masonry
“Withstands until the sweet assault
Their chivalry consumes,
While he, victorious, tilts away
To vanquish other blooms.
His feet are shod with gauze,
His helmet is of gold;
His breast, a single onyx
With chrysoprase, inlaid.
His labour is a chant,
His idleness a tune;
Oh, for a bee’s experience
Of clovers and of noon!”
~ Emily Dickinson
“Practical life teaches us that people may differ and that both may be wrong: it also teaches us that people may differ and both be right. Anchor yourself fast in the latter faith, or the former will sweep your heart away.” ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827
Make a wish
“Hope is a roving gypsy
With laughter on her tongue,
And the blue sky and sunshine
Alone, can keep her young;
And year by year she lingers
Under a budding tree…”
~Dora Read Goodale
Earlier in the post I had a dig at certain individuals that have basically ignored, fucked up and blatantly lied to us all! Although there are others who have, whatever their political persuasion have stepped up to the mark… just saying!
I was going to start a blog series called the “Tattooed Gardener” but something told me, “Check first.” Unfortunately for me, there already is one, but I started browsing your posts today and love what I’m reading, specifically ““uncaring, delusional fuckwits’ from the Donald and Boris show.” Anyway, I changed the blog series name to something else on Medium but still linked your site so people would check you out who may read my work. I’m going to subscribe to you now. I still don’t know what the hell I’m doing in my condo garden, but it’s been an interesting two months dusting off my memory bank from all the stuff my grandfather (a master chef and gardener) tried to teach me as a kid.
Apologies for the delayed response – I have been a little hit and miss with my blogging in the last few months.
Good luck with your blog and your garden – do let me know the name of your blog and will check you out 🙂
As you may have read, a lot of what I had learnt as a gardener was also from my Grandad.