Sunday, May 25, 2008

Success we have a tomato....

... it is very small and green but it is a tomato!! It is probably due to the heatwave we had last week and the high 90 degree weather that made the plants spring up and bloom. They are probably confused yesterday and today as the temperature is actually a little cooler than normal with the sky very overcast and we actually had rain yesterday. 

Yes, that little green blob in he background is a tomato.

Look how big the plants have got they two Early Girls are both nearly passed the third rung of the cage. 

I eventually did get a cherry tomato plant which is taking its time to grow but I have confidence that it will grow big and tall very soon. 

My friend Maria added a comment to my earlier post asking advice from my green thumb. This made me laugh as I am know to kill most things that come into my garden with the exception of tomatoes.  The only thing I can think of for my success down here in Mountain View is the wonderful sun and I water them every morning and evening in the very hot weather.  Also shhhhhh don't tell anyone, I also talk to them as I water them and I tell them to grow big and strong and bear me lots of fruit!  I suppose I show them some LOVE! I did also have success growing tomatoes in San Francisco but I think that was due to that wonderful window seat I had and even on the foggy days it captured the heat like a glass house. Hope that Alexander has some success with his tomato seeds. 

I will finish up today with a beautiful poem by Hafiz and a wish that today you all felt loved and the encouragement of light to show your true beauty to the world.

It Felt Love

How did the rose

Ever open its heart

And give to this world

All its beauty?

It felt the encouragement of light

Against its being,


We all remain

Too frightened

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mothers Day Gwen

So Mothers day in not today in Ireland, it is celebrated there in March. Gwen is lucky as she gets celebrated twice and how best to celebrate her here by showing what an awesome artist she is and showing a cross section of her wonderful paintings:

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Tomato progress and other miracles in my garden

I just got back in from watering the tomato plants and I am proud to announce we have flowers!

And of course, I took some photos to show you all:

And that was not the only surprise I got, we also have strawberries. The miracle of the strawberries is that these were planted last year and did give us a few fruit  and when I got back from Ireland I noticed what I thought was some dead plants were coming back to life again so I stared to water them. Here is what I saw this morning:

Some other photos I took:

Friday, May 2, 2008

The Butterfly Story

Before this great change comes about, The fuzzy little worm withdraws from its caterpillar world, an finds itself a place alone ,and there painfully, and with much struggling, it wraps itself tightly into a cocoon of its own making; It literally seals itself from the world. Days pass and then, very gradually, a crevice appears in the hard outer layer of its private little cage---and finally a new creature emerges, quite different creature, too! It sits for awhile, clinging to its familiar surroundings, waiting for the warmth of the sunshine to dry its wings-and after while , it begins to flutter from flower to flower; and each time it lights on one it strengthens itself with what each one has to offer ,and at the same time it leaves the pollen that it has gathered up from every flower it has visited-thus enabling the flower to make seeds and born again.

The butterfly is a spiritual symbol-transformation, beauty ,fragility .It has been described as the Kiss of God. Look at the butterfly and see GOD.

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Thursday, May 1, 2008

Happy May 1st - Enjoy this video

The first time I saw this it gave me goose bumps and as May starts I want to share it with you all.