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Gardeners World. Sunday April 23, 2017

This time of year we have buds and the start of new beginnings, but like with most gardens, some work can be done in order to make space for the buds, the blossoms and new shoots.

Tend to your own internal garden. Weed out the unwanted old thoughts that hinder new growth.

Prune and revive the hardy areas that survive even in the harshest winters.

Plant new hopeful seeds of learning that can bare fruitful new ideas.

Nourish and replenish the soul-soil so that your blossoms bloom from within because the Spring in happiness begins from the inside...

It's nobody else's job but yours.

Thoughts on the above? Please feel free to post a comment below.

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LP Sun, Apr 23rd 2017 @ 7:22am

Thanks to the mystery writer of this blog.
What a good way of clearing ones mind. I can regardsome of the unhelpul thoughts as stubborn old weeds and like the idea of a fresh spring like restart for my mind! Much needed as I've been caring for my parents and getting too involved in their details and old habits. Draing and wearing. I was starting to feel like it was driving me round the bend! I'll have a spring garden clearance instead!
Thank you! LP wishing spring freshness to all! :) LP xx

Jul Sun, Apr 23rd 2017 @ 10:46am

Hi LP. Just wanted to let you know! I've been on my bike this morning and thought of you when I tried to hear those 5 sounds you mentioned one time. Since then I've always tried to listen out for 5, (4 is easy) and today heard the wind, sheep, cars, the noise of my tyres on the ground plus birds. Small delights eh!? Julxx

Anonymous Sun, Apr 23rd 2017 @ 1:56pm

Dear LP After all your work I hope that you will be able to enjoy the fruits of your labour?

Jul Sun, Apr 23rd 2017 @ 2:03pm

Yes I agree with Anon. And I should have mentioned it earlier. I know how draining it is with elderly parents to look after so go well LP. Julxx

LP Sun, Apr 23rd 2017 @ 11:22pm

Hi Jul, I'm glad you remembered that! It hasn't crossed my mind lately, so I'll pick it up again! Thanks LPxx

LP Sun, Apr 23rd 2017 @ 11:26pm

I read back my comment and realised it sounded as though I was really going out into the garden! I meant a mind garden spring clearance as in the blog. If that's what you mean Anon, yes The idea of it has given me a lift today, thank you! :) LPxx

LP Sun, Apr 23rd 2017 @ 11:29pm

Thanks Jul, am working towards putting more support in place for them, so that they dont rely on me and I can go when I'm up to it and not worry and feel too guilty when I'm not. Xx

Orangeblossom Sun, Apr 23rd 2017 @ 7:37am

Thanks for the thoughtful & encouraging blog. I loved reading it. I have made a note of your suggestions.

Anonymous Sun, Apr 23rd 2017 @ 1:57pm

Orangeblossom, thank you for your kind words, such is they joy and privilege to be part of our Moodscope community regards, Trusty-Yogi

Sally Sun, Apr 23rd 2017 @ 8:55am

I like the analogy. True.

The Gardener Sun, Apr 23rd 2017 @ 9:14am

Like Sally, I like the analogy. As you must realise gardening colours, literally and metaphorically, my life. I have been very 'down' the last few days - my neighbour, younger than my youngest child, has 'picked up the pieces' more than once, and sat with Mr G for 2 hours yesterday. Then I suddenly realised her life is much sadder than mine. I've had a good life, she and her husband can never aspire to what we have. He has one lung, and that does not work very well. He was a teacher - more than the effort of dragging an oxygen bottle about catching children's infections could kill him. He practiced a lot of sport. Now he is an invalid, cannot go out in any wind. He has an invalidity pension, but they cannot work, improve their position. I went to lunch with them - and discovered that the full joy of my 'new' garden can only be seen from their first floor garden. She loves flowers - an avenue of flowers is no planned to give something to lift her spirit. She has a glorious voice, and a joy to hear at mass. Behind us in church a couple bring their severely affected Down's Syndrome girl. She knows every response - but will suddenly laugh like a hyena in the middle of the sermon. So, more sufferers. I won't be any less frustrated by all this - but, at least, I can accept that people have worse miseries than I, enough money, a lovely house, loads of friends. 'Tend to your internal garden' are seriously helpful words today, Thank you.

Anonymous Sun, Apr 23rd 2017 @ 2:04pm

The Gardener It sounds as if you are part of a community which is such a valuable asset in life. Your garden must bring you and others such pleasure, especially when they are struggling. Now that Spring is here and the Summer will come here's to more solace and peaceful days in the garden.

Mary Wednesday Sun, Apr 23rd 2017 @ 9:22am

Yes indeed, wise words. This does have the unintended consequence of making me feel guilty about my own weed-filled garden outside. Unlike The Gardener, above, I am not an enthusiastic gardener (one of the many reasons I prefer our beach house, where the constantly changing sea is my garden and needs no tending beyond the occasional litter picking on the beach) and would far rather papercraft or write than be on my knees grubbing about after bindweed. But, my own mind is a beautiful garden, and I will certainly take your words to heart there!

Anonymous Sun, Apr 23rd 2017 @ 2:08pm

Mary Wednesday believe me my garden is far from perfect! How fortunate that the sea is your garden I can't think of a better place to tend to life's forestry! The Trusty-Yogi

Jul Sun, Apr 23rd 2017 @ 9:27am

Good morning Trusty -Yogi. I have been dealing with an issue for a year now to this day and am still dragging up old worries and grievances. I should move on and perhaps today is the day to weed my mind. Thank you for this. Julxx

Leah Sun, Apr 23rd 2017 @ 9:31am

Just saw you knew who the writer was too! Look after your garden!

Anonymous Sun, Apr 23rd 2017 @ 2:10pm

Good luck with that Jul, may your work be fruitful. The Trusty-Yogi

Leah Sun, Apr 23rd 2017 @ 9:30am

Trusty-yogi (am I the only person who reads the email??)
What a lovely analogy- reminds me of Peter Sellers last movie where he was a Gardener but everyone saw him as a guru and read things into his simple statements about planning and weeding. Great movie.
Great blog. Being someone who can kill artificial plants I am not sure what that tells about me!!

Anonymous Sun, Apr 23rd 2017 @ 2:13pm

Thank you Leah, glad that the blog made you smile The Trusty-Yogi

Lizzie Sun, Apr 23rd 2017 @ 9:47am

Thank you Trusty Yogi,
I love this analogy, I find gardening so therapeutic and even though I'm an amateur I can relate to your words. I read about moss on the lawn and found out that it's better to nurture the grass to keep it strong than try to kill off the moss. I felt this applied to me, concentrate on what is making me stronger.
Thank you for writing this beautiful blog x

Anonymous Sun, Apr 23rd 2017 @ 2:14pm

Lizzie lovely to hear you're making your own connections. Enjoy your time in your space. The Trusty-Yogi

The Gardener Sun, Apr 23rd 2017 @ 2:01pm

Am I being dim as to the writer? Is it Bear teasing us? My brain contains receptive growing media, but short on discipline. Today we have French Presidental elections - all a bit weird - then UK in election fever - I am just reading Jeremy Paxman's 'The Political Animal' shall try and look for motivation. Then, maddest of all, the Labour leader is offering us (you, really) 4 extra bank holidays. Does he not know his calendar? Christmas will run into St Andrew's day - Saints Patrick and George will collide with early/late Easters, and the 'movable' feast of Labour Day, 1st May. Can't see a solid week's work from December to May. The French don't work in May - 1st and 8th May - Ascension Day - always a Thursday so they take a long week-end, then Pentecost - in which school holidays have to be managed. Agree with Lizzie about nurturing grass and let it do its own work in destroying moss. And Leah, that Peter Seller's movie! Forrest Gump was somewhat in the same vein. Going to sit in the square and watch the fun here -

Nicco Sun, Apr 23rd 2017 @ 2:20pm

A great blog. I was just thinking of this a few days ago - how we can prune and prepare ourselves like in the plant world.

Jane SG Sun, Apr 23rd 2017 @ 10:50pm

Today's blog has really struck a chord with me - thank you. My newer, more positive thoughts are winning out a bit more these days but I have to work at it constantly!

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