I had not intended to write a blog, but was talking to a friend about how, now I had more time, I wanted amongst other things to keep a better record of the garden and nurture its spiritual aspects, as well as writing poetry more often. She suggested I did it online as a blog, and ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com was born.
I had finished work a year ago, short of retirement, after months of conflict between head and heart, realising once the decision was made that it was my soul calling me to be here, at home and in the garden. ‘Here’ is the north-east rural fringe of the West Midlands, with my marital partner of 16 years (sometimes referred to in posts as The Golfer, The Handyman, or other appropriate pseudonym), in an old property we renovated and extended, and an originally undeveloped garden. We are both very practical people, and as all we have achieved here has been our own handiwork it is not surprising our hearts and souls are very much part of it too.
I have loved plants and gardens for as long as I can remember, but now have a more spiritual relationship with them and the natural environment generally. I have a room in the house I use for holistic purposes such as meditation and healing but would like to harness the energies of the garden more than I do, not only for my own spiritual growth but to nurture and empower others. Writing poetry was just one way of developing a deeper relationship with the garden (as well as fulfilling the urge to create with words), and the discipline of writing the blog is a good supportive tool. It also provides a structured and on-going record of the garden.
The blog reflects just one (but multi-faceted) part of me, to fulfil a particular need, but already it has gone beyond that and brought new and unanticipated pleasures. I have been blessed by the wider implications of writing it and if you, as you read it, also find pleasure in doing so then we are all blessed, and I give thanks for that.
That’s funny that you refer to him as the golfer. I like that. 🙂
It’s a good way of referring to him whilst keeping the name anonymous. He isn’t a complete golf addict but, like me, has lots of interests – he plays most weekdays though, going out early so the rest of the day doesn’t begin till he gets back. He also appears in the blog with other hats, like Tree Surgeon.
Heeheee!! I love the way you refer to him as the golfer and other guises too! Very nice blog 🙂
Thanks Anna – I’m glad you are enjoying what you read. Not sure the Golfer realises he is mentioned so often!
I love your blog & I have nominated you for The Liebster Blog Award! The rules can be seen at this link: http://sherrimatthewsblog.com/2013/06/26/back-to-business-another-liebster-blog-award/
Many congratulations 🙂
Thanks Sherri. I am of course flattered that you enjoy my blog, but I myself try to keep a fairly low profile and am therefore declining this award. Thanks anyway, Cathy
AWESOME BLOG! I will follow so I can come back and read more and see what you are up to next.
Thanks – glad you like it. It gives me great pleasure writing it and of course it has meant I have observed my garden more closely too
Hi Cathy. What a lovely blog! We are in the same boat (or wheelbarrow)…I have just retired myself and blogging about the garden for the same reasons as you really. I have been wondering what to call my husband who is quite shy about featuring in anything! I think I have settled on The One! Hope you don’t mind me pinching your idea a little bit
Thanks for your kind words Nikki. You will find that many garden bloggers refer to their partners by pseudonyms – I never show photos of ourselves either other than an occasional hand or foot and prefer this anonymity. The Golfer knows he is referred to but rarely checks to see what I am saying about him!
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Congratulations, dear Rambling in the Garden
I have nominated your blog for the Blog of the Year 2013 Award.
More about this nomination is at http://aristonorganic.com/2013/11/25/2-stars-blog-of-2013-the-year/
Oh Brigid, it is very kind of you to nominate me for an award and I am really pleased you enjoy my blog but I have to confess to not feeling very comfortable with this sort of thing… Sorry….
No worries, take it is acknowledgement of your super blog 🙂 *Brigid
Congratulations! I have just nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Here is a link to my post for you to accept the award: http://mywateringcan.wordpress.com/2013/12/10/very-inspiring-blogger-award-and-nominees
Thank you for nominating me for this award; I appreciate the thoughts but would feel a little uncomfortable accepting it. Thanks anyway
Ok Cathy, but hopefully you know it’s a compliment to be chosen! Take care =)
I really enjoy your blog. Because of your great work, I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog award. To get more information about the award, you can visit my post. And thank you for the excellent blog! http://theoptimistichousehusband.wordpress.com/2014/04/29/garden-update-and-the-one-lovely-blog-award/
Thanks for your kind nomination, but I would rather pass on it and keep my head down, if you don’t mind. Please do continue to drop in, particularly if it helps you maintain your sanity in some way while you are juggling everything else 😉
Cathy, I love your blog, just beautiful!
Such kind words, Jane, thank you.
Lovely thoughts and pretty surroundings. I’m looking forward to following your blog. 🙂
Lovely blog, I will be your new follower!
Thank you Janneke for your kind comment 🙂
I too have found my garden to be a place to replenish my soul + I have more time like you to explore my garden….but unlike you I am not gifted in poetry but look forward to reading yours:-)
Thanks Robbie – and you have reminded me that I have not written any poems for a few months…..
I love your blog and your lifestyle. Have especially enjoyed your In a Vase on Monday series!
Thank you Valery – it’s strange how blogs can take on a life of their own and develop in a way one would never have imagined.
I wish you both much healing, health and pleasure in your garden, and look forward to following the fun and enjoyment you so clearly gain from your garden. Nice writing and photos by the way!
Thank you Denzil for your kind comments – we do seem to be well blessed here
I’m Tokoni, a student and poet. Its nice to meet you. I’d like to invite you to my blog at http://www.insanitybeautiful.wordpress.com if you’re interested. Thanks.
Just came across your blog, we share some of the same interests, so I thought I’d follow you. Hi, my name is Loretta 🙂
Thanks Jacob – that’s an intriguing challenge! I wonder how you chose your new blogs…? Will pop over soon and see what’s what!
What a lovely blog you have here. I’ve enjoyed ‘rambling’ around your wonderful content. The lilac background color is very nice also.
Thanks for kind words ‘Aranislandgirl’ – you can change the background colour or have a picture or picture mosaic background instead. I briefly had a topical background mosaic but decided it looked a bit fussy so replaced it with the plain one – the lilac seemed to suit the header best. Hope to see you again soon 🙂
Dear Cathy, is seems we have a great deal in common. I made the same decision to stop teaching and stay home to be with my partner and pursue other more pressing interests several years before normal ‘retirement.’ There are so many wonderful avenues to explore, I feel like I’ve been liberated 😉 One of my avocations is making jewelry with gemstones and minerals in combination for specific healing purposes. Here is a link to a few pieces I took to a show last spring, which you might find of interest: https://kpartandale.wordpress.com/2014/03/18/elizabeth/ I’m so happy to have found a blogging friend who also loves and uses crystals for their energies. Best wishes, Elizabeth/ WG
Good to know your non-gnome name now (that’s a good tongue twister!) and to hear more about your work with crystals. Following these comments I have used crystals to energise all my snowdrops to help them settle into their new raised bed.
What a great tongue twister 😉 You’ve chosen a very loving way to settle your snow drops into their new space! By the way, have you ever worked with white Scolecite? This is another extremely gently transforming Xl. I found a piece for the first time ever this past autumn, and have enjoyed its very peaceful and relaxing presence. The pieces I found had already been tumbled and polished, but have a beautiful textured ‘grain’ to them. I nearly always add a Xl to a newly planted pot or bed. It makes me happy, if nothing else 😉 Best wishes, E
How are you? We met at Hodsock Priory, I work for the Historic Houses Association. I’d like to email you something and don’t seem to have your email address. Would you be able to let me know what it is?
Hello Charlotte – yes, and what a lovely time we had 🙂 My email address should appear in the details of this comment, if you are alerted to receiving a reply but if there is a problem let me know how I can contact you at HHA instead. Look forward to hearing from you.
I didn’t receive a notification and can’t seem to find the email address… I’m contactable on firstname.lastname@example.org
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What a world of sweet dreams I have discovered here! Thank you for all the hard work that has inspired me.
You are welcome
I am delighted to have found your wonderful website and interesting blog. I’ve set one up myself this year for similar reasons, I find it almost as rewarding as developing the garden.
Oh welcome to the world of blogging and the community of garden bloggers, Kate. As you say, our gardens and garden blogs are very rewarding in a range of different ways.
Thanks, Cathy. I shall enjoy following your blog.
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Cathy, how absolutely fascinating. I’ve always felt a connection with the earth, and walking in the woods and fields with my dogs is where I’m most at peace. Quite by chance I’ve just taken a plot at the UKs only Biodynamic allotments, and am enjoying learning about their ways and beliefs. Have you heard of it? I hadn’t. Its organic gardening with a whole spiritual element added on top 🙂 I’m so happy to have found your blog, I love it already xx
What kind words Caroline – so pleased you feel a connection and I look forward to talking with you more. I haven’t come across the concept of Biodynamic allotments before but will pop over to your blog and find out more
Good morning! I’ve nominated you for the Black Cat Blue Sea Award. You can check it out here:
Thank you – it’s a kind thought but I would rather not participate. Thanks anyway
Hello nice to meet another Golfer’s wife. Your garden is beautiful.
Hello Pamela and thanks for your kind comments – but I do have to say that although I happen to be married to The Golfer I am definitely not the ‘Golfer’s Wife’!! 😉
I see. Mine is a golfing fanatic. He loves to play the game. He will play every chance he gets. We live in AZ so there are many many chances.
My Golfer does play every weekday morning if he can, weather and course permitting – but I am not a Golf Widow as I have my own chosen ways of getting exercise, mostly more vigorous than golf!
Good for you Cathy. Me too.
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I feel very excited I’ve found you and your blog.. it may take me some time to get through your posts but I shall look forward to dipping in and out when time allows. I hope to comment as often as I can. Thankyou from Wales! X
Oh welcome to the blog – hope your excitement is not misguided! I try to write as I speak or think, ‘what you see is what you get’ sort of thing 🙂 Will pop over to your blog in due course and make your acquaintance too
My name’s Mal, and I’m part of the Waltons blog team. We’ve been reading a lot of gardening blogs lately, and yours does stand out among the crowd – it’s a lovely record of what you’re doing.
In fact, we liked your blog so much we’ve featured it in our new ’Glorious gardening blogs’ round-up which we’re publishing very soon.
You’re in good company. All the featured bloggers here are really dedicated, and the common theme I’ve found with you all is the love of the gardening, and of sharing that love with the world.
Hi Mal – glad you have enjoyed reading the blog and thank you for planning to include it in your upcoming round-up.
The post is now live at https://www.waltons.co.uk/blog/13-glorious-gardening-blogs – as I said, you’re in good company!
Yes, I can see I am in good company – thanks for the inclusion (but nb the letter missing from my name in your post!) 🙂
I’m writing to let you know you’re nominated as one of the best gardening blogs in the Waltons Blog Awards 2017. Congratulations!
I do hope you’d like to be considered for this – but of course, if you’d rather not take part, just let me know.
Please do drop me a line at email@example.com and I’ll send on more details.
We’d be delighted for you to take part – and would really like your vote. If you have any questions, ask away in a reply to this email.
I’ll be in touch soon to let you know more about voting. But if you’d prefer I didn’t write to you about this again, a quick reply to tell me will do the job.
All the very best,
So pleased to have found your blog after simply looking for another Cathy who loves her garden! Lots of fascinating posts – thanks for the detail and the photos🌿
You are very welcome, Cathy, and no doubt you will have found that there are more of us too 😉
Inspirational blog! Further proof – if it were needed – that gardeners (particularly those who blog) are close to the heart of things. I shall look forward to following you!
Thank you Jane – glad you are enjoying it, and you are right, this garden blogging community is indeed inspirational and supportive too
Hi Cathy, I relate to your comments about the spiritual nature of the garden and the environment generally. Love your blog, words and images.
Thank you for that, Catmint. I have been a bit quiet on the blog recently as things are rather busy here at the moment. I will try and pop over to your blog when I have a free moment!
Nothing like having ourselves grounded in nature Cathy. I grew up in the country and it never leaves you 😀
West Midlands? where would that be. I am pinpointing a world map for my grands of all my blog friends.They need to know its a small world out there.
If you find Birmingham in the UK we are about 20 miles NE of it
Thank you I’ll post my map soon
Cathy, I visited your lovely garden last weekend and found it so beautiful and intriguing with different areas to sit and contemplate. The blog is a brilliant idea, and speaks to us gardeners all .Thank you!
Thank you for kind comments, Lesley, and I am so glad you enjoyed visiting the garden. I enjoy sharing it with visitors and the conversations with other people interested in plants and gardens
Wonderful blog, really enjoyable read. Keep up the good work. Sorry about your secateurs and bucket mishap. At least you still have the secateurs if not some what tainted by unwanted plastic. I lost my treasured secateurs to the refuse or garden waste bin some years a go in an absent minded moment ☹️
Thanks for yor kind comments, Keith. Fortunately the secateurs were only a very cheap pair because they are no longer useable!