COMMON VETCH (Vicia sativa L. ssp. sativa) and TASMAN FLAX LILY (Dianella tasmanica) picked from a nearby field yesterday

“Many people are alive but don’t touch the miracle of being alive.” 

Thich Nhat Hanh


Note: I had an entirely different quote lined up & ready to press the publish button for Wednesday of this week, but an ambulance ride and 6 days in the cardiology ward of the  local hospital suggested a re-think.   All fine now, just a few days of R & R and a slower- than-usual pace of life in the future.

How lucky I am to be blessed with a simple life and minimal expectations.

Luckily, it rained while I was absent from home, so only a couple of casualties in the Balcony Garden. 


AFRICAN BLUE LILY (Agapanthus) – 28th December, 2012 – in a blissfully cool shady location, Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne.

Karl Duffy on his Mindfulbalance blog has the most beautiful quote this morning and I couldn’t resist sharing……

Not being tied to our urgent to-do lists:

Consider the lilies of the field…

And you — what of your rushed and

useful life? Imagine setting it all down —

papers, plans, appointments, everything,

leaving only a note: “Gone to the fields

to be lovely. Be back when I’m through

with blooming.

Lynn Ungar, Camas Lilies

I find his daily quotes and words of wisdom very uplifting and inspiring.  If you have the time and interest, his blog is well worth following.

His email notification of a new blog post is one of the first I view after opening my computer in the morning.