"She seemed to come suddenly upon happiness as if she had surprised a butterfly in the Winter woods"
(edith wharton)

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

leading up to Midsummer

I woke early this morning and went into my garden, to water and as i turned the hose on, a magpie greeted me with his divine carolling.... there were butterflies galore, the warm days must be helping them to escape their cocoons in readiness to greet Midsummer which is coming up on Sunday - flitting around the garden, fluttering around and around me... ... and while all this was happening, I was standing in the most magickal perfume of the gardenias. Pure and absolute bliss... I am sure this is what heaven must smell like. A true summer perfume. I was in awe of Mother Nature.. forgiving her for the destruction she had wreaked upon my garden last week

I am puttering around my home today, putting up some of the obligatory Christmas decorations - very simple with lots of candles. And my tree this year is a Camellia. I bought it on Sunday and have some divine fabric rose lights to put in the branches.. then a few birdies that I am yet to make and it will be done. Tonight we are off to the city of Sydney with our children and grandchildren, to see the shop window display and the Christmas tree in Martin place....

is it beginning to look like Christmas? well, yes I guess so... I must find a way to accept that Christmas is now... but it is just wrong to celebrate this in summer. The coming of the sun? that is at winter solstice... but I won't go on about it any longer.. I am beginning to sound like a broken record

On Monday, I spent 4 hours in the garden, tidying up. It was like a meditation. My plants survived... a little worse for wear but they were tended and loved yesterday. I gave them a feed of my bio dynamic comfrey tea, trimmed their broken bones, tied them up and loved them and yes, there are more flowers and fruit forming.. the whole while I did this, a blackbird sat in my ancient apple tree and sang.

a big thankyou to: Tori - an amazing 18 year old young woman. who has given me this friendship award. I feel blessed and honoured that she thinks that my blog is an inspiration.... I am not good at choosing who to give these to, so I would like to give it to each and every person who visits Inglewood, you make me smile with your comments and your words help me on my journey. xo


Sorrow said...

Oh, it's so nice to read about tending a garden. I am just sitting planning mine.
and you deserve all kinds of awards dear heart! all kinds!!!

Ali said...

I'm glad you're happier with Mother nature now :-)

Congratulations on the friendship bog award!

Winterwood said...

that weather there is very changeable - were expecting 35C next week! I'm actually looking forward to it! any chance of a photo of your camelia?

Genie Sea said...

Ah! I so look forward to hearing tales from the Garden Goddess. :)

I am with you about the whole Christmas during summer thing. I cannot wrap my mind around it, but it is what it is I guess!

Have a splendid time in Sydney my friend :)

Ruth said...

I think you are getting English weather. Cold and wet one day, windy the next and then a bit of sunshine. Maybe it's becasue you wanted to visit Britain - so it has come to you! You know what they say `be careful what you wish for'!

Tori said...

It's so odd. We're having our second snow day of the year now, and I log on to read about your perfect summer weather! I'm looking forward to those days. I've always like the warm weather better than cold. xD

It sounds like you are getting your garden back in order. Will you put up pictures of it soon? I'd love to see your garden, it sounds so beautiful.

amelia said...

I have never heard a mgpie sing but would dearly love to. We don't have them here but maybe I can find a site with birdsong!

As you have midsummer, we have midwinter and it's soooo cold and snowy. I don't think you'd like it as I don't think you like being cold and right now it's hard to even keep the house warm.

Fire Byrd said...

I'm so glad the garden is back on track after the storms.
It sounds wonderful.
But it also sounds odd the idea of Christmas in the summer!

Kathryn Knoll said...

You deserve all the awards that are out there. Thank you for holding the light in our world. You are awesome and mean so much to all of us who come here! Hugs!

A bird in the hand said...

I can almost smell the scent of gardenias in your garden. I used to have them in pots, growing indoors in the winter... I'm happy to hear the garden is now calmed after the "storm" and singing...

Paula - Buenos Aires said...

How´s this for a sync? I came to tell you exactly the same:

Your place is refreshing and thought provoking. :)

Anonymous said...

I totally agree...Christmas in summer? Just wrong. :-)

Anonymous said...

Your tree sounds great !! I too love the scent of gardenia's. We can only have them in the home, or outside in a planter when it is really warm. I usually buy them around January, to bring some flowers and scent in the home. I hope you will have a great day !!

linda may said...

Mother nature has been visiting you in all her beauty and destruction. But she always bounces back!!! Amazing us with her generosity. Like Dorothy Mckellar said. The wide brown land for me. Lovely post Rob. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

peppylady said...

If you don't mind I would love seeing a picture of your Christmas tree.

Coffee is on.

Caroline said...

How lovely...I enjoy hearing about your summer. The weather is cold and rainy and this post gave me a nice (and needed) boost! Congrats on your award :)

Kavindra said...

Ooh, I love camelia for the tree.
That is going to be gorgeous.

For years we used our huge house plants. They were left behind on the other side of the country and I have to find a substitute now.

I am so glad you and mother nature are back on speaking terms :) I know she loves you even tho she has her windy temper tantrums sometimes!

Congrats on the award - your blog IS an inspiration.

solsticedreamer said...

you sound so much happier my lovely :)

Serena said...

I'm catching up with your posts in chronological order and I see that your garden is already showing signs of recovery. Mother Nature is indeed miraculous.

Re. Christmas in summer - I have found that by accepting what is and just going with the flow seems to help. (((Hugs)))

Your camellia Christmas tree sounds beautiful!

Congratulations on your blog award.....well deserved ~ :)

love, light and peace,

Anonymous said...

Hey Robyn:
I just googled “I don't feel like I belong” and you popped up. I was born before you in America. Around the age of five… I had visions of wearing a long white dress with a garland in my hair, running around a forest. The sun was shinning thought the trees and I could see rocks that still had the morning dew. Even now in spring, when I hear the first birds sing.. I can see a beautiful stone church in England and sitting on their bench and just hearing to the beautiful sounds. I started to write poetry about England.. ”now come on, I’m an American “ I shouldn’t be doing that. I started latter in life looking up my family tree and I have traced almost 900 names back to England.. I have now been to England 8 times. I’m really starting to believe in genetic memory. I really needed to live there for 2 years but I can’t afford it now and I’m not thrilled with the health care system. Happy Holidays, Haley