My Garden ~ a Kiwi's take on life

Life is a lot like a garden

Trees are precious ~ seeding change

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Recently, a friend shared an amazing site Treesisters: women seeding change.

Trees are precious. When we visited Ajloun in Jordan we saw an amazing ancient olive tree said to be more than 1000 years old. Imagine that. We learned how the Anjara Women’s Cooperative took on the conservation of historical olive trees in the Ajloun Governorate.

In New Zealand, Tane Mahuta Lord of the Forest, is a 2000-year old kauri tree in Northland’s Waipoua Forest. Majestic and revered, such ancient trees are living icons that link us with earth’s lived life. Trees worldwide deserve our utmost care and attention.

I took the grandkids to see the movie The Lorax. The kids absolutely got the ‘what if there were no more ‘truffula’ trees’ message. The boy planted the truffula seed and so created a forest.

I have big dreams. I want to provide sustainable sources of food for bees, beneficial insects, native birds and fruit for people, coppiced firewood, shelter and to protect the water in our stream. A sustainable living environment is not too much to hope for. Wangari Muta Maathai  the woman who inspired the United Nations Plant a Billion Trees initiative thought so.

So, since 2007, I’ve planted many trees in my little corner of the world. Will they survive the test of time? I hope my dreams will be reflected by beautiful fruitful mature trees.

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.

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