Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Walking the Garden

Both kids are in camp this week. Rose is gone from 9:15 to 2:00 each day at Young Peoples Theater Workshop - a wonderful theater camp put on by the Northfield Arts Guild. Ryan is at Science camp this week from 9:00 until noon. While it appears the camp schedule allows me some time to work, reality is that I spend a lot of time driving to and from town to get the kids.

Today, though, I have the morning at home and some time to myself before I head back to town to get Ryan. I thought I was going to have the morning free to work but we have people coming over for dinner so I need to at least clean off the kitchen counters and wipe off the patio table. I'd also like to prepare some food, fold the laundry and, oh yes, do some work in my office. Did I mention that I only have an hour and fifteen minutes to do all this (and take a shower) before I need to head back into town? I wonder why I set impossible goals for myself. Perhaps I need to slow down or set different kinds of goals - like biking a hundred miles at a charity ride like the Jesse James Bike Tour. Or sitting still long enough to read a book this summer.

Despite my big plans and motivation to get things done in my little block of time, I got home and realized what I really want to do is walk around in my garden. Rose and I refer to this as "walking the garden." It's a time when we pretty much just walk around and look at the plants. Sometimes we find bees buzzing on plants, spider webs stretched across the arbor. Sometimes we pick a bloom or two or just gaze at the pretty flowers. Once in awhile walking the garden results in planting something or pulling a few weeds but most of the time walking the garden simply gives us a bit of rest in the hurry of our day.

I'm hoping the friends who are coming over tonight won't notice the clutter too much. I can clean later - or not at all. Right now I'd like to walk my garden. So I will.


Mary S. said...

Your garden looks wonderful -- well worth walking! A great clematis.

Myrna CG Mibus said...

Thanks Mary! I do need to walk the garden more often and take time to enjoy it. Even if I don't get out there as much as I want, I notice that people slow down and look at my garden when they walk by...feels good to see that.

Cassi said...

Your garden is lovely - and very beautiful photos. The clematis is stunning (and makes me miss having one). I know exactly what you mean, M - sometimes we really need to remind ourselves to slow down and look around and just "be" in the moment, rather than always thinking about the "should-be's" and the "need-to-do's". Thanks for the reminder; I will take it to heart.

I don't have such a lovely garden to walk through, but thanks for sharing yours. :D

Rose Sterling said...

Oh. Your garden is so lush with green! I love it. But as for my garden, it is already getting brown and dry because of the weather we are having right now. Even my hair gets so dried up. LOL. Anyway, thanks for sharing this post. Made my day a little more relaxing.

crystal blue said...

Healthy greenly garden of yours is really great! My garden is getting dry too. I just hoped that all of my plants can survive this total heat.