Every year, I purchase Thomas Zimmer's Astrological Calendar to read his thoughts on the year ahead and help me with optimal planting and garden tasks in keeping with the natural cycles. I always find his thoughts inspiring and that is no different this year as we enter a new decade.
He speaks of the craziness unfolding as greater awareness is applied to our once (considered) noble institutions, and suggests there is a remedy for the individual through all of this..."[which] lies in the attitude of mindfulness of purpose, there is nothing quite as effective in keeping one out of negativity and despair as a clear sense of purpose. If one is engaged in a task with a definitive aim, then the surrounding conditions, the dust and the dirt, do not seem to matter all that much."
At this point, I am reminded of Monty Python's series of rejoinders in the Life of Brian when the followers of Brian think they have found the Messiah. Suggesting the remedy is 'purpose' often evokes the response: "but I don't know what my purpose is!" Thomas Zimmer is ahead of the game once more, "...It would be impossible to describe generally how one goes about defining such an authentic sense of purpose for oneself - that is the work - to find that."
Welcome to 2020 and finding your purpose more fully, and through it your own personal way through the craziness.
It's too hot to be outside now so I am in the office thankful for air conditioning, surrounded of course by the dogs. Despite 25% of our normal rainfall so far, our bees and trees are still surviving for which we are most grateful. Leaves and flowers are much reduced but still there - nature always does its best. We will certainly cherish the easier and more plentiful times to come.
And, we have not let the grass grow under our feet this year - wot grass! - so here are some changes. Pictures on the left are 2018; right, 2019.
(1) Raised veg beds now covered from hail - not entirely, so that the bees can visit.
(2) The 'West orchard' covered from birds and mulched to help retain water and give the trees a more forest floor environment. I am so thankful for consultants Kim and Angus Deans' patient help, Mr Bendy's steel bending, Peter our perpetual builder's building skills and my husband John who quietly gets on and makes these visions happen.