NATURE AND GARDEN JOURNALING
Mother Nature offers us endless resources for personal renewal. Wild horses running across an empty field or through the desert, new baby kittens or puppies, a butterfly coming out of its cocoon. Describe the wonderful smells after a rainstorm.
Sit outside on your porch or patio and write down or draw the beauty you see.
“Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it.” – Confucius
Plant a garden then track your success or not so successful journey. What you planted, what lived what died. Chart your bulbs and the dates they were planted. What was the plants progress? Was it a dry season or a wet season? Plan your pruning schedule. Sketch your garden plan and see how it changes season to season.
How often do you water, is it enough, too much? What did you do to enrich the soil. Make a chart of what you planted and where. How did all this make you feel? Describe how you felt the first time one of your seeds sprouted.
“My green thumb came only as a result of the mistakes I made while learning to see things from the plant’s point of view.” ~H. Fred Dale
Record the various critters that visit your back yard. The birds that feed there, the cat from next door that chase them. Record and describe the butterflies that visit your flower garden. What flowers attracted the hummingbirds, the butterflies. Describe the wonderful colors, sounds and smells.
I love the smell of a newly mowed lawn. The smell of rosemary in the hot sun. Write down not only what you see but how it makes you feel.
“The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses. “~Hanna Rion
My Father writes in his journal every day and each day starts out with the weather report. Whether it is monsoons, snowstorms where Aunt Maude lives or wondering if your favorite vacation spot still exists after a really bad storm. The damage from the storm, be sure to include pictures. How high the snow drifts were during the last GREAT blizzard.
It is always fun to go back and see what the weather was like last week or five years ago.
“Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.” ~John Ruskin