My Garden ~ a Kiwi's take on life

Life is a lot like a garden

Talofa! Undulate and Sing



Years ago, we celebrated our ruby wedding anniversary in Western Samoa.  No cellphone. No television. No grandkids. No garden. Just Himself and I. We surrendered to  the romance of Upolu Island time. The sun set over the Pacific Ocean. Samoan dancers undulated and sang in graceful unison, in celebration of their beautiful nation. 

Samoa is the tropical paradise of books and movies. Poet, Rupert Brooke lay on a mat and looked

out on the white sand under the high palms and gentle sea, and the black line of a reef a mile out…

Western Samoa Vehicle Passenger Ferry

Apolima Strait ferry crossing from Upolu to Savai’i Islands

The island of Savai’i beckoned. Aboard the vehicle-passenger ferry, we crossed Apolima Strait. The boat ploughed its way through the swells. A pod of whales cavorted in the warm tropical waters. Seawater sprayed over the bow and misted the passengers, diesel fumes wafted from the engine room and I sat face to the wind with my gaze fixed on the land ahead. 

Captive on any boat, I undulate with the elements. Never a good sailor. I was sea-sick.

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.

4 thoughts on “Talofa! Undulate and Sing

  1. Seasick or not, you’ve made me want to go there.

    A funny to share with you: When I first looked at the line “. . .lay on a mat . . .” I saw “lay on a mate”—-sure glad I looked again 🙂

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