My Garden ~ a Kiwi's take on life

"I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o'er vales and hills," William Wordsworth

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

A few years ago when I began blogging, I was in awe of the creative, the witty, the informative, the insightful posts by writers on WordPress. I was challenged by my son to write, to set up a blog, to expand my garden diary scribblings. Never did I think from scratching and grubbing in my garden dirt would sprout words of reflection, thoughts about life lived as I know it. 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 do put them on a gatepost so they are easily found. Always, there's something to write or chat about life lived as I know it. I have a certain sense of amazement that my blogging community is expanding. In a previous life, I once was a teacher. A four-walled classroom is an artificial construct. When thirty or so teenagers with diverse learning needs filled the space, the more I listened, the more I observed my students, the more I learned. They had stories to tell, to write of things that interested them. Luckily for me we embarked on amazing journeys of discovery and learned together. Some say a lifestyle block is a no-lifestyle block. We like being able to grow seasonal food, to enjoy fresh air and open space. Himself and I thought we had retired, about to define this older stage of our life together, but family commitments continue. And so it another phase of discovery happens as I share this place with Himself, son and grandsons and a menagerie of living creatures who rule the roost.

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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