Honest Work

Dec 17, 2010 | Gardening, Health, Humour, Pleasure, Yoga practices | 2 comments

- honest work

Digging in

Heather and I waived our early morning yoga session yesterday morning in favour of a recovery program in the garden.
That is, we were recovering from a very pleasant dinner at our neighbours’: champagne, appetisers, mains, sweets and that odd dessert wine that I believe is related to botox (called “noble rot wine”).
So, armed with mattock, shovels, trowels and mallet, Heather and I installed edging in the Hollingworth’s garden. Heather knew because she’d done this job in another part of our garden how hard it was going to be. The ground is hard, rocky, and clay-ey in parts. Me, I was more naive and thought we could do all the gardens in a morning session. As it was, 1.5 hrs. did us in.
Fortunately, the weights work-out for shoulders and arms that I’ve been committed to for many weeks saved me from any rotator cuff or brachialis tears – common to us older garden ingenues. I did discover that swinging a pick takes a whole new set of hip muscles than doing ardha chandrasana, adho mukha svanasana or even running up sand dunes at Mitchells Island Beach.
There’s something so cleansing about working in the garden, especially in this build-up ┬áto the summer solstice. You almost can’t take a wrong step because Nature is side-by-side and even running ahead. What could be better than turning dirt over, smelling it, seeing scurrying worms, glowing with sweat, imagining the future you are building, and best of all, doing it communally?
It has some of the same elements of doing yoga practice and, like yoga, is a great antidote for the excesses of the holiday season.


  1. Well done gardener Eve & gardener Heather – I do believe I have made gardeners out of you both. I knew it would happen and now you are well poised for a heady blast of “summer satisfaction” after all your hard work. You deserve it and there will probably be a frisson of pride, like the buzz a good champaign leaves on the tongue, when you walk by your new January garden charged as it is with life energy.

    • Thanks for the encouragement, Dear Friend and Advisor. Have you taken charge of your Candice yet? XO e.


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