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

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

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.

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