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Gardening, Inspiration

Eating Carrots

September 10, 2017 | 6 Comments

This weekend I went on a half day silent retreat, the second one I’ve been on. There are so many benefits and learnings from these sorts of things, but one that stood out for me this time happened during the eating meditation. Eating has become quite zombie-like for most of us, perhaps because it’s just another thing on our to-do lists. We’re refueling to survive, and typically it’s while we’re checking our phones, working on our laptops, watching TV or talking to our families. And while there’s nothing wrong with the last one, you will find that something quite magical happens if you eat alone, and you eat in silence. Continue Reading…

Gardening, Giveaways

Win a Family BotSoc membership worth R625

July 18, 2016 | 37 Comments

***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED and the winner was Vikki Crawley – congrats!***

I’ve always liked flowers. But when I was in my 20s it was more in an abstract sense, like ooh my boyfriend bought me some roses and isn’t that romantic. As I’ve got older I’ve developed a newer respect for the natural world. I’d never have dreamed of going on a tour of people’s gardens as a young person, but we did that regularly in Joburg before we left and it was the most wonderful thing. I like reading gardening magazines now. I even started my own veggie garden at our home in Joburg and I miss it terribly. Continue Reading…