I’ve been suffering a severe bout of writer’s block for some time now, so I’ve taken out my frustration on the garden. I’ve cleared out decades of weeds, prepared the ground, planted seeds, pulled out more weeds and watered my babies into existence (then pulled out more weeds – they sprout everywhere!)
This has got me thinking (which can be a good or bad thing), that gardening is a lot like writing.
There are mountains of weeds in my mind that need clearing out. I guess weeds are something and a good sign that the fields of my mind aren’t barren. But there’s been no control over the growth. I’ve let things in and allowed them to grow without weeding them out. Instead of focusing on plants of substance I’ve been focusing on the negative things that creep in and grow so big that only a tractor can pull them out by the roots. Yeah okay, that sounds painful…
When we write we need to focus on the plants of substance and get rid of the weeds. We can clear the ground and plant the seeds, but we can’t expect them to grow without water and care (and pulling more weeds that sprout around them). Anyone can think of a story, but preparing it and spending the time to nurture it into existence is an art.
I see the farmers in this area out there every day on their tractors. They seem to work dawn till dusk seven days a week. They’re relentless because they have to be – after all, it’s their livelihood. They see me working in my garden every day. They give me a wave and tell me I work too hard. I give them a wave and tell them they work too hard. It’s like Groundhog Day, but sometimes you need that when you’re clearing the crap from the garden of your mind.
I gather the leftover mud and old sugar cane leaves from the fields and put them in my garden. I guess in that sense I’m harvesting what is discarded to add nutrients to the soil. When I write, I use experiences and emotions in the same way to add layers and sustenance to my stories.
Growth has its seasons and after all the work I’ve done on the RUC and in the garden I feel like I’m just coming into Spring.
All of the above is just a quick snapshot of my messy mind (sorry, I couldn’t take a photo).
Below are photos of how the real garden is progressing.
Do you ever take two things, like gardening and writing, and compare them – or is my mind just growing nut trees?
Have a great week
It all started when I had to plant my avocado tree. It had been sitting in a pot for 12 months and even though I have a huge block with plenty of room I decided it needed to be planted out the back of the old shed near the mulberry tree in the dense mess that used to be the chook yard and pig pen.
Just like me to choose the hardest space to clear, just to plant one tree.
So I dived into the jungle and fought off snakes and spiders for my love of avocadoes (or maybe hubby helped with the tractor). Yes, I could have just gone to the shops and bought an avocado to have with my morning toast, but that would have been far too easy.
Last time I cleared a garden at the farm I forgot to take before shots (kicking myself because the change was dramatic). So this time I took some before and after shots.
The good news is I can now get to the mulberry tree!
My father-in-law was so impressed he bought another avocado tree so I planted that as well.
Okay – enough of the gardening already! Time to get back to writing
Have a great week!
I’ve been offline for about a week for a very good reason. My daughter was married in Melbourne on Saturday and it was the wedding of the century (I’m not being bias! LOL). My daughter is one of the most organized people I know and the amount of planning and preparation that went into this wedding really showed on the day. Everything was absolutely perfect.
I haven’t received the ‘official’ photographs yet, but in the meantime check these out. We had an absolute ball!
The first few pics were taken in the photo booth that was set up during the reception.
I’m SO proud. My first experience as Mother of the Bride was one of the most amazing and loving experiences ever.
More pics to come when the ‘official’ photos come through!
I’m back on-line thanks to my darling children who chipped in and bought me a new laptop after my other one was broken. What sweethearts they are! I would also like to thank El Guapo who gave me brilliant advice on how to retrieve the information from my old hard drive without spending a fortune. He also took me step-by-step through the entire process. What an amazing and thoughtful man he is. The good news is I was able to retrieve all my photos stored on the Data side of my old hard drive.
All my stories on the OS side of the hard drive were corrupted but I have them backed-up on disk. The only back-ups I didn’t have were recent edits to my current stories. This has put me back a couple of months in my work, but I’m a true believer in everything happens for a reason and, who knows, reworking my current stories may be just what they need!
So at the moment I’m trying to fight my way through the most confusing maze of all time – Windows 8.1. Who developed this madness?
Have you seen the picture of the baby wombat who was saved after its mother was killed on the road? A ranger in Victoria, Australia (Kim Hunter) is nursing this cute little darling back to health. I’m sure this picture will put a smile on your face!
On Tuesday I had a visit from a baby kookaburra who scared the life out of me when it laughed loudly out of the blue while I was focusing on finding things on Windows 8.1. As soon as I picked up my video camera to film it laughing it stopped. Isn’t that always the way :D
I took a video the other day of the sugar cane harvesting. The scene was ideal. I captured the hauling tractor dumping sugar cane into the bins for the train to pick up, while another tractor in the distance was collecting the cane from the harvester. The white birds are egrets who love chasing the harvester around to catch insects thrown up by the activity. The large dark birds you may see in the sky are eagles looking for rats and mice. If you like watching big machinery in action take a look at the clip.
Have a great weekend!
My laptop was dropped and broken on Friday night and I’m looking for a hard drive guru (or suggestions) to get all my information back.
Until I can scrounge another laptop from somewhere I’m offline. I can read emails and posts on my phone, but it’s a little slow so bear with me.
Fingers crossed I’ll be up and running again soon.