As I have been doing since my childhood, on the first day of the year: I wake up early to watch the first sunrise. And, for the past few years, on the morning of January 1st, I also capture an image of the sunrise. No matter how pretty or moody the sky is, it’s worth getting up early to watch the new dawn and breathe the morning air. It was a little bit cloudy this morning since it rained through the night. The sky was a little moody but the morning’s gold was there, pushing through the clouds.
It wasn’t a cheerful morning but the sun finally came out in the afternoon. A strong wind chased out the clouds and kept me inside most of the day. But it’s a good start for the New Year as I was able to get a lot of things done including this blog.
To balance out the moody image of the first morning on top, I present to you ‘New Dawn’, our climbing rose.
Wishing you a very happy and healthy New Year. May you succeed in what you do no matter big or small. May you have a satisfied year ahead and may all your dreams come true.
I would like to present you with the image of a warmer day in our garden, the Zephirine Drouhin rose. A climbing fragrant rose that blooms continuously throughout the season. One of many things I anticipate again in June.
About this ‘anticipation’, I got the idea from a free bookmark I received from the American Horticultural Society of which I am a member. There is a quote from W.E Johns on the back “One of themost delightful things about gardening is the anticipation itprovides.” It couldn’t be more true for me.
We all hope for better. We hope our garden will fare better than last year, our beehives thrive, our little friends who stay put survive the winter and our migrating friends come back to visit. We anticipate for better so we won’t lose hope.
Here are some of the anticipated events:
These are just a few of our anticipations for this year. We have been doing our best to give back to nature since she gives us so much joy. It’s our sanctuary amidst this divided world.
As for the world outside our garden, we hope that there are solutions for all conflicts so we stop being so divided and ruining ourselves in the process. We dream of a magic pill that will wipe out hate, bigotry, and selfishness from so many people’s brains, that the world can be a better place to live and a wonderful place to pass on to the next generation. Let’s hope that some of these dreams will come true this year. We cannot lose hope, it’s the only thing that keeps us going. Even if that hope is just a dim light at the end of the tunnel.
Whatever your anticipations and dreams are, we wish they came true for you.
As this year is coming to a close, it’s a time to reflect and plan for a new season, and hope to do better than the last. As a gardener and beekeeper, each season comes with a challenge of its own. Either I end up with success or failure, but it’s always a learning experience being taught by nature. I am happy to be her apprentice and grateful for her guidance.
“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences ofeach…” Henry David Thoreau, August 23, 1853
He summed it all up above in his journal. Whether we call it ‘live in the moment’ or a ‘simple happiness’, living close to nature and following her guidance is much more fulfilling.
Wishing you very happy holidays and a very happy New Year 2015. A better season and a better year for all.