A journey through time from my birth in 1934 into the 21st.century.
Recently I was revising an article on Herbs for Health that I presented to our local garden club a while ago, in order to include it in my blog.
It prompted me to take a long look at one aspect of my life’s journey to date – the succession of homes I had lived in, and the great diversity of natural environments that surrounded them, and especially the gardens that I had created, learned from, neglected or ignored.
This brought up memories of many of the experiences and turning points that have influenced my life and helped to shape my relationship with the world of nature. This also included my discovery of the wonders of the mineral kingdom as well as plants when I came to study and work with crystals and gem-stones and explore the rocky places..
The idea began to take root to write about it, and share it with family and others. It felt like an exciting project the more I thought about it, though, as usual I also felt some apprehension. Digging into old memories and especially photograph albums can bring its share of uncomfortable emotions as well as good ones.
The story of the gardens seems a good place to start. – one thread of my life story that shines a light on how through learning to love and tend plants, I grew very much at home with nature in just one of its aspects.
Garden No!. – the garden of the home where I was born and spent my childhood, and in the surrounding countryside. We lived in a small town called Henty, in the southern area of the state of New South Wales.
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.
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 than what I was familiar with to date.
instalment 4. An account of the Bellingen Years – 16 fruitful years in my ‘Windgarden’ home,
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 …………