1. I know you don’t have tv Colette but re-reading this post fills me with the same surge of joy that I experienced watching the Olympic Games opening ceremony earlier. There had been so much negativity surrounding the games in Rio I had no expectation at all. To find Mother Nature and global warming centre stage was such a surprise and such a joy although it makes perfect sense given the identity of Brazil. And the choice of the theme of “gambiarra” – ‘to make a lot out of not so much’ – was very heart-warming and also reminded me of you. The ceremony was so intensely creative and colourful yet without the great extravagance of past Olympics. Each athlete planted a seed in a tiny planter and these will be used to create a forest – 207 different species – on the outskirts of Rio as both a commemoration and a reminder. It isn’t often I feel proud to be human but this was one of those times and I had the sense that the Earth was proud of her children in this moment. It was also a reminder to me that Life has the potential to take root anywhere, like the seedling that would not be denied and forced its way up through the asphalt, another theme of the Rio Olympics. It makes me think that the Watchers are to be found both in Nature and, if we open to their life-giving energy, the human heart. It also reminded me that human creativity – like the colourful creativity you showcase both in your garden and in your blog, and the creativity of the Rio opening ceremony, are all new ways in which Nature flowers, an extension of Its never-ending inventiveness and evolution. Such happiness. Like seeing a beautiful flower grow from the most unpromising of soil as a result of humans consciously choosing to engage with the wellspring that is Life.

  2. Hi Mary, Here is Colette’s latest writing and photos. I see it says her place is in the west of Ireland. You could ask in the comments about a visit. Xoxo Anne

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