Thursday, 2 November 2017

All Souls Day

As it is not a going to (paid) work day for me today, I had the luxury of spending some time working in the garden this morning. I have cleared away the weeds from around one of the mangoes and laid some mulch down underneath the canopy. I have transplanted some lettuce seedlings. I have lots of lettuce seedlings left to transplant. I let some of the last seasons lettuce, that were growing in two small raised beds go to seed. Now I have two raised beds jam packed with lettuce seedlings. 

This picture shows the original planting of lettuce. These grew, the leaves
were harvested, and then some of the plants were let go to seed.

Do you remember me writing that my Mango trees had an abundance of flowers? Well I think that the King Parrots and their cohorts have been dining on the flowers and possibly the young fruit. Some young fruit also dropped during the heavy rain we experienced recently. Oh well there are still some mangoes left on the trees.

Don has gone fishing this morning. It is a spectacular morning to be in the great outdoors. I see that he has left the crab pots behind so I won't be expecting any mud crabs for dinner. It would be nice if he does catch tonight"s dinner. However I think there may be still too much fresh water in the river from the recent rains.

While working in the garden, I have been enjoying the company of Banjo and Moxie. They have been racing around the dam and running in and out of the water. They really are very lucky puppies to have each other and tons of space to in which to roam and play.


Banjo playing by the dam when he was a young puppy.

Later today I intend to go through our Christmas decorations as a bit of a decluttering exercise. There is no room in our small home for a large Christmas tree, so I don't need as much in the way of decorations.

Today is All Soul's Day. A time to pause and think of the loved ones who are no longer with us. I think not only of the relatives I knew but those I never met stretching back through the generations. The pioneers, saddle-makers, explorers, farmers, stonemasons, nurses, business owners who were my forebears. 


Reading is an activity that nourishes my soul.

Also today I will capture some time to care and nourish my soul. Whether that be lunch by the river or by making time for a colour meditation by working on one of my colouring projects. 

I hope you too find some time today to take care of your soul.

12 comments:

  1. After reading your post I have now set aside 30 minutes to curl up on the couch with my novel before the kids get home from school this afternoon.
    Sounds like you are getting fairly good weather. Melbourne is a very cold 16 degrees with misty rain today. Looking forward to some warmth.
    I hope Don is enjoying his day out fishing.
    Kylie

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    1. Kylie I was right about there being too much fresh water in the river system at the moment after the recent rains. He didn't get so much as a nibble. However he did enjoy just being in such a beautiful peaceful spot.

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  2. Sherri, I have been out this morning so just feel like relaxing now as it is quite warm today. I would love to make some soap as that is therapeutic but I can't seem to work out a recipe at present. Perhaps I should just have a nanna nap which I never have. I hope you have fish for dinner :-)

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    1. It has been warm hasn't it? I was out in the garden earlier this morning but due to the heat I decided to just to prune some plants rather than do weeding or mulching.

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  3. Sounds like a lovely day you've had restoring and nourishing your soul. Mango crops can be so 'hit or miss' can't they? I've let one of the winter planting of lettuces go to seed, so hoping for some seedlings too. Although, as the weather heats up, lettuces don't do that well here.

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    1. Maria it was a lovely day. The mangoes, mulberries and apples are of extreme interest to the local King Parrots at the moment.

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  4. The weather is great for being outside again. Like a proper Spring! I noticed my citrus dropped off the tree when we got those storms, but they're flush with flowers again. Maybe your mango will flower again? I wonder if it's a tree survival plan - where they drop the fruit already growing in hopes the seeds take. Then grow another round of fruit for seeds? Maybe it's trigger by exceptionally moist conditions? Just a theory.

    My husband has had a day off too, and he's taking our son to do some stuff in town. I have most of the day to myself. I spent some time in the garden, wrote a blog post and now, I'm heading off to the studio for some creative time. :)

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    1. It is a very green spring Chris. Which is such a lovely surprise when Spring is usually our driest and brownest season. I think the mangoes are most affected by the King Parrots who eat both the blossom and the fruit. I need to work out how to net the trees. I must do an on-line search of how other people manage the issue.

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  5. I am spending a little time with myself tonight, reading my favourite blogs and thinking about plans for tomorrow. Maybe a little stitching later if it's not too late. I picked up a book at a book exchange yesterday for just a few $ and I plan on curling up with that later on too.

    There's a mango tree in a front yard not far from us here and it's loaded with fruit at the moment. Bit envious of those with mango trees!! Meg;)

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    1. Meg I have been doing so much reading lately. Last week I finished Kate Moreton's "Forgotten Garden". I could hardly bear to put the book down I was enjoying it so much.

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  6. Excellent, excellent idea.

    We all need such alone with soul time. More often, than we take it, I'm pretty sure.

    Luna Crone

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    1. Thanks Luna. I think you are right. After all how are we supposed to develop our own inner wisdom if we don't?

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