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autumn descends

26 Mar

The days pass by, and summer descends into autumn.  The ivy on the barracks turns from green to flaming red.  The sun rises later each morning, slow to melt through the chill fog.  And you wonder where the time slipped away to.

Now is the time to reap the last of the harvest, and to clear away the fading summertime abundance from the garden.  Feed and nourish the earth.  Time to plant the winter’s crops while there is still some memory of warmth left in the ground.

Change is in the crisp wind.  Whispering for you to prepare, to nourish your soul and stockpile your nuts and knowledge.  Be grateful for the days in the sun and feather your nest for the months ahead.  Reflect on where you are and where you want to go, for soon there will be much shorter blooms of light to illuminate your days.

I am watching hot air balloons drift across the grey-blue sky of morning.  Bright sparks of colour floating in a monochrome vista, like lazy errant thoughts.

And the seasons follow each other as they always have, yet there is something new to discover in each of them.  The relentless changing faces of life.  New growth, old growth and the constant rhythm slow persistent evolution.

  

summertime

7 Nov

Summertime is spreading her wings.  Rehearsing for the change of seasons which is almost upon us, and giving us a teasing taste of days to come.

The air is heady with the living green scent of the world.  It is thick to breathe in, and full of heat and steamy summer smells.

The days are longer, and the mornings are brighter, and somehow you have more hours in every single day.

Everywhere the atmosphere is changing, preparing, livening.  People on the streets wear flip-flops and singlets and they bare their legs.  The smell of cooking barbeques wafts in the evening air.  And the slightest breeze is a sighing relief.

Aaah, summer!  Time to watch the world ripen, and to covet the luxury of cool fresh water and to squeeze every extra minute out of every extra day.

plotting…

26 Oct

Every idea is a seed.  Sometimes seeds don’t germinate and they either hibernate until the conditions are right, or they break down and become part of the earth.

When a seed is planted in the right ground at the right time it will grow.  How well the plant (or idea) flourishes depends on the care it is given.  You can let it run wild and grow organically into it’s own shape.  Or you can prune it and train it into the shape you desire.

Nourishing new growth will make it stronger.  Fertilising plants and feeding ideas, especially in the beginning, gives you the best opportunity for a robust result.  Eventually you will need to trust the elements will sustain the life you have started, and just remember to appreciate how fragile this balance can be.

I have firmly planted the seed of my idea.  Now I need to decide how to let it grow and feed it daily.

digging for spring

27 Aug

There is something so satisfying about getting your hands dirty.  Digging into the earth and planting life to grow.

Spring is on our doorstep and it is time to start new growth and plan for future harvests.  All around us new fresh life is starting to burst out, pale green and perfectly formed.  Flowers are starting their show and the air feels like it is getting ready..

Today has been about the spring cleaning.  Clearing away the winter weeds and preparing the ground for a fresh season.  Tonight is about the ideas, planning the next crop and the next blooms, so many things we could grow.  And then tomorrow…  Tomorrow is the first round of planting.  Such wonderful anticipation..

You spend the day out in the world, the sun (not too hot yet) overlooking your efforts and the breeze cooling you down.  You dig your hands into the earth, like a child shaping their landscape.  The smell is green and alive and intoxicating.

Whatever you plant, seed or seedling, will be growing and changing in front of your eyes for weeks and months ahead.  You are a part of life.  No matter the other mundanities that tug at you day to day, you are life and growth and change.

I’m looking forward to tomorrow.  And I am so pleased that spring is here and the cycle begins again.  I cannot wait for the next harvest and the beautiful feasts from my own grown crops.