A wander through time, musing on what nature had to teach me in each place I lived, especially through my gardens.
Recently I was revising an article on Herbs for Health that I had presented to our local garden club a while ago so that I could include it as a blog post.
I was alerted to one particular thread through my life’s journey to date – the succession of homes I had lived in, and the great diversity of natural environments that surrounded them, especially the gardens that I had created, learned from, neglected or ignored.
Memories of many experiences that have influenced my life and shaped my relationship with the natural world began to stir including discovering of the wonders of the mineral kingdom as well as plants.
The idea of giving life to the memories of these homes and gardens by writing about them began to appeal, It also had the potential for healing. Each place also held its share of uncomfortable personal memories as well.
So here goes! Lets begin at the beginning –
The next significant period in which I became actively acquainted with nature and the gardening world was during my married life in the 1960’s and ’70s while living first in Cooma then Wagga Wagga –
Instalment 2. My first opportunity to create my own garden as well as a family of four beautiful daughters.
I return to city life as a single mum with my family in the mid 70’s and through studying natural therapies, I learnt of the many roles that the plant kingdom plays in natural healing and herbalism – Instalment 3.
instalment 4. An account of the Bellingen Years – 16 fruitful years in my ‘Windgarden’ home
By 1982 It was time to return to the bush but this time in the sub-tropics where the environment and plant life turned out to be a very different one to the one I was familiar with to date
1999. Instalment 5.
Migrating further north still into the subtropics to the beautiful little village of Clunes in the Northern Rivers region of NSW.
Installment 6. 2005. By the Ocean. – Yet to be written!
It has been a rich, challenging and ultimately rewarding journey so far and continues full of promise …………