Posted in blog update, blogging, books, city gardening, life, literature and Fiction, tagged blogging, Close to Nature, journeys, Lang leav, life, Mary Oliver, poems, silence speaks, thoughts on April 6, 2017|
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PAGASA has finally declared officially yesterday that we are now into summer. They say that we really don’t have summer because we only have two seasons of the year, the dry and the wet. People got used though to calling the dry days and months summer here. It would lasts until probably the last week of May when thunderstorms in the afternoon are regular occurrence. It is not yet that hot within the day but there are almost no clouds in the sky. For those of us who love the beach, it’s time for that much-needed dip. Just don’t forget to have sunblock in your bag. Days would be longer than nights.
Finally too, I am almost done with my gardening job – trimming the grass, weeding and replanting some of my ornamental plants. I haven’t touched anything outside our perimeter wall yet but I guess, the weeds outside our fence need to be uprooted too. They are growing tall and unmanageable. Our Santan plants need trimming too. That would have to be postponed for a while because they are presently in bloom. I love those red flowers, they are lovely under the sun.
I haven’t blogged for two days but I noticed the decline in my views yesterday. It’s down to a little over a hundred compared to the previous five days before that where it reached more than two hundred a day. I remember that those times when I blogged every day were the same days that my stats went up. Really, we are only good as our last post although I noticed that there are some posts that always stay at the top. I have some favorites but they are no longer viewed now. I guess participating in writing one post a day really helps. Back in 2011, I did that but it was never repeated. It was kind of taxing thinking of what to write about every day for the entire year. Maybe in the future I’ll do it again.
I’ve put aside reading for the last three days but I am trying to catch up again with Lang Leav’s poems and Mary Oliver’s thoughts mixed with my fiction books. It is always nice to get to know other people’s thoughts and dreams. I am inspired by their writings. Sometimes I wonder where they get all the inspirations to write those lovely texts. I am envious. I’ve been an admirer of Mary Oliver for so long but I only have two of her books. A friend bought me a copy of Upstream, (my 3rd one) her latest but we haven’t seen each other yet. I read the reviews of the book, read some excerpts from it and I am really looking forward to have that book on hand. I follow her on Facebook that is why I am updated. I like almost all of her poems but this one is a favorite. Would love to share it you. It’s called Wild Geese.
“You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.”
It is summer now, let me correct that, it’s the beginning of the dry season here. Would just love to enjoy the sun and reading.
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Posted in city gardening, Close to Nature, Closer to God, family life, gardening, tagged Close to Nature, family life, flowers and blooms, gardening, jackfruits, Kalamansi, nature on April 4, 2017|
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It’s one of those days that I get to trim the carabao grass again. Although they are growing a little slow because it is summer I need to weed out unwanted grass too. The weather is just right for afternoon gardening. I am just halfway through, I still have so many things to do in the garden. It was quite windy but the sun shone brightly.
Our two jackfruit trees are bearing so may clustered fruits again. I noticed the small fruits at the base of the second tree not knowing that the first tree has born fruits earlier. I took one to cook in coconut cream.
The remaining five are now large enough to ripen. They were a little up the tree so we really didn’t notice them earlier. Maybe in a month or two, I could harvest again. Every year, these two trees give us fruits. All we do is water them every morning together with the other plants we have here plus the two Philippine lime shrubs (kalamansi) that bear fruits all year round. They are just perfect for a small garden. Some branches are in their flowering stage.
I am getting impatient with the lavender I planted late last year. I wonder how long it would take before it would bear flowers. The herbs I planted at the same time are doing well. Maybe the lavender need not be watered daily but the weather is hot here so I water them every day. Gardening is really a hit and miss thing. Sometimes you’ll see some flowers resurrecting in the heat of summer. Sometimes there are unknown plants that just sprout in a corner. I find fulfillment in gardening though just like I do with reading and blogging.
Gardening is also a relaxing activity and growing things from seeds and branches are just wonderful. You won’t notice the passing of time when you are in a garden. Some of my bulb plants and the Amazon lilies planted in pots are presently in bloom. Oh to see them bloom again. What a reward!
Do you love gardening?
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Posted in Close to Nature, Closer to God, gardening, gardens, reading, tagged books, Close to Nature, gardening, guilty pleasures, home garden, journeys, life, reading, thoughts and ramblings on January 6, 2017|
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I have a little good news. I went back to SSS yesterday and what do you know, my pension is ready for credit. Alleluia! But two months of processing is quite long enough.
Got to trim our carabao grass again, replant some flowering plants and uproot some dead ones. I planted two more pineapple crowns behind the house. Those I planted earlier are growing nicely, let me see, I have seven in all now. I hope the first one would produce a flower soon.
The life of a gardener – plenty of time to enjoy the morning sun and the afternoon breeze. Sometimes it is quite a bonus to listen to the visiting sparrows. A hot cup of coffee is always welcome at the break of dawn, when the world is still asleep and the quiet could be felt.
I stay here in this corner most mornings drinking a hot cup of coffee and listening to the sparrows sing.
Despite the busy days at the garden, I was able to finish four books at the start of the challenge. I am in the middle of reading my 5th book now. Peter Mayle’s two books, A Year In Provence and Tojours in Provence (the sequel) were such a joy to read. I learned so much about what life was like in Provence. Now I am beginning to enjoy Italy, it is such a lovely place too.
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Posted in flowers and blooms, gardening, gardens, guilty pleasures, journeys, life, tagged Close to Nature, gardening, glimpses from the heart, guilty pleasures, journeys, life on January 2, 2017|
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My sparrows are back. I heard them singing outside my window very early this morning. Good morning world!
When dawn breaks, you discover something wonderful in the garden. My son gifted me with two metallic pots last Christmas from Parish Garden along with a sturdy gardening gloves One container has kitchen herbs like Basil, Parsley and Coriander. The other one has Lavender seeds. Both came with potting medium, you just have to add a centimeter of soil on top. I planted them last December 30 just so it would be easy to remember when if ever they grow to be robust plants. I’ve seen them growing a little every day, just small sprouts which look so frail and dainty. I wonder about the Lavender though, I haven’t seen anything yet. I have more seeds here for planting which I bought late last year, a packet of Celosia Armor Orange and another one of Aster Daylight Violet. We live at the corner of Aster and Violet streets so how lovely it would be to see these grow here 🙂 Really looking forward to more flowers growing in the garden. And I guess it is time to trim the carabao grass again.
Are you excited to see the annual report of WordPress as regards to your blog’s performance during the previous year? I am.
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Then you realized,
it’s the perfect gift
after the rain.
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Posted in Close to Nature, Closer to God, inspirational, journeys, life, photography, tagged Close to Nature, inspirational, journeys, life, photography, silence speaks, thoughts on December 9, 2016|
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Go ahead –
Find some quiet place and listen
to the silence
Feel the sun on your face
Savour the sound of the wind
See the distant roar of the sea
Absorb the beauty of another day.
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Posted in Close to Nature, family life, journeys, life, our little bundle of joy, tagged Close to Nature, family life, Happiness, journeys, life is a beach, thoughts on November 25, 2016|
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It is a gray morning here. Weather disturbance Marce has intensified into a tropical storm. Although there is no typhoon signal here in Metro Manila, the sun hasn’t come out today.
I miss the sun and I miss the beach too. It has been so long since I’ve visited one. Nissa’s family spent last week at the beach. Nate told me that he had a wonderful time swimming even at night. It must be lovely to stay outdoors on a sunny day. It must be lovely to dig your toes in the sand and smell the salt air. It must be lovely to just idle around and think of lovely thoughts about life.
A picture of Nate playing with his daddy.
Moments of bliss. Moments of being thankful. Moments of just being happy. It takes a moment to experience simple joys. Barefoot, while the sun touches your face and you hear the sound of the gentle waves. The sea beckons in all its glory.
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