My Garden ~ a Kiwi's take on life

Life is a lot like a garden

My Garden ~ doctor’s orders


I’ve been housebound and full of antibiotics. The doctor didn’t prescribe gardening as a therapy. But, my head is feeling less woozy so I must be on the mend.  

I must be on the mend because I spent time viewing others’ blogs and websites about blogging. I happened on Mike Sneddon’s 7 Tips to Building Your Blog’s Readership His tips about navigating and highlighting interest points made sense. Then in my boredom, I thought I’d apply his advice. I idly thought I’d use Word Press widgets to change the format of my list of categories and to add a Platial map to highlight my New Zealand references. Why do I do this to myself when this is the first time I’ve been laid low for more than a year?

Changing the categories format was simple enough after a couple of false starts. The map? I didn’t really have a clue what I was doing. I thought to start by using place-names used in my recent post. Initially, I entered Northland twice before it dawned on me the Platial search didn’t recognise a region. It worked better when I specifically tagged Whangarei as the regional city. And so things have progressed slowly and painfully this afternoon. What have I learned? Not sure. It seems too much to get my head around RSS feeds – that’s for another down-day. Might have been easier to ignore the doctor’s advice and go into the garden.

Author: Jenny

My garden is where I lose myself, or as Himself likes to tell others, I lose either my coffee mug or wine glass. Well at least I put them on a gatepost so they are easily found. As I see it, we are here on this place to respect and to preserve nature, not to develop the land. I love how the totara trees stand in silent witness to our human activity. They keep me honest. I love to wander along the stream bank. I like being able to grow fruit and vegetables. I enjoy green open space. My son challenged me to write a blog using my garden diaries to start. Writing a blog is quite different to my diary scribblings. It is for a different audience. In every post, I have to make a conscious effort to get free of an academic style of writing. I write about things I know and do in my everyday life. I am not a photographer but the images I use are taken by me. I believe this adds veracity to my voice in each post. Learning to setup and to manage a blog has been a major effort and remains a work in progress. Who knows where this will lead. Himself and I thought we had retired, about to define this older phase of our life together. But family commitments continue. As it happens, I share this place with Himself, son and grandsons and living creatures who live charmed existences. I watch on as they serve as actors weaving their ways across the stage of daily life. Shakespeare wrote in As You Like It: All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances; Always, there's something to write about life lived as I know it.

6 thoughts on “My Garden ~ doctor’s orders

  1. Why do that now? Life has slowed you down for exactly this purpose…trying something new.

    Wishing you a Happy, Healthier New Year in 2008,

    Miguel Guhlin
    Around the

  2. Thanks for the wise words, Miguel. And there’s also Flickr and De.lic.ious to explore and to experiment with. Watch this space. Happy New Year to you. Cheers, Jenny.

  3. I’m sorry to hear that you are unwell..I reckon gardening and the open air is the best cure.When my husband had a very serious illness 3 years ago he reckoned it was the allotments and gentle exercise that speeded up the recovery…Get well soon.

  4. Couldn’t agree more, Jackie. Gentle exercise is this thing. Cheers, Jenny.

  5. And the other thing the garden is good for, is sitting or lying in when you’re unwell or need to relax. I have a sun lounge I put under a tree in my garden and its a lovely place to pass the afternoon.

  6. Hi Clare, so true about a shady tree. We have a real need to relax in the shade these afternoons. Any breeze is welcome. I’ve just returned from being with my Mum in Matamata. It’s sweltering in the Waikato – 31 humid degrees yesterday. It’s particularly affecting elderly people – they tend to dehydrate. She’s got the message about drinking lots of water. Being with her for three days forced me to go at a snail’s pace – keeping to her schedule – so I guess that’s ‘relaxing’.

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