At the Druid Gorsedd earlier this year I met a lovely Australian druid called Elke. During one of the meals she was telling us about a course she’d attended which was run by an Aboriginal Elder. He taught the participants all he was able to about their lore – given that they were uninitiated white folks. She was describing how complex and interwoven the teachings were – when this star is here, and this animal is doing this, and this plant is blooming, humans should be doing this etc.
It slowly dawned on the group just how much they had messed up the system. When they mentioned this to the Elder, he said not to worry about trying to fix it. All he asked them to do was to love their backyard.
Of course if everyone looked after their own backyard, their neighbourhood and the land around them, we would pretty much have the Earth covered with a network of folks who love, honour and respect their own sacred landscape and the Nature it contains. What do they say about acting locally 🙂
We have rather a large garden which seemed like a good idea when the children were small and had swings and play houses and guinea pig runs. I am not however, a natural gardener, and find it a real struggle to find the motivation to get out there. This is a source of constant amusement to Mr Stoatie and Bogart, and I rather feel that I’m letting the Druid side down! You may remember that earlier in the year I said that this was going to be the year I finally got it into shape. I had big plans to do a monthly photo journal and wow everyone with my success. Well, it didn’t happen, and here we are heading towards the end of the year and scrabbling to knock it into some sort of shape before the winter!
The latest project has been rescuing the nearest pond, which was disappearing into the lawn again. The first photo is halfway through the first day and this one is at the end of the second day. I can’t believe I completely emptied it of plants last year – I borrowed two of the builders scaffolding planks so I could lay across it. I still have to carry round a load of cobbles from the front of the house to finish it off and then there is the question of thinning out that huge clump of water lilies. We could do with a couple of days of rain to fill it up as it’s rather low at the moment. The plants always take up a huge amount of water and to counter this we have tried to cut back the lawn from the inner liner, it will creep back eventually of course. The neighbours have taken their side of that privet hedge down by at least a foot, so we have been cutting sections of that down too. We’re always hampered by the fact that we only have two green bins which seem to fill up very quickly, but in order to keep up momentum I decided to create a heap of detritus and deal with it later!
Since this photo was taken I’ve ruthlessly cut down the shrubs in the back right, in order to provide more light to the raised veggie bed. I’m slowly working my way round the edge of the garden, the rate I am going I may get it sorted by New Year!