All you need is a library and a garden (but this is more about gardening)

Image of a river in a valley with woods around it. White writing saying: If you have a garden and a library, you have everythng you need. Marcus Tullius Cicero
Cicero on Brainy Quotes

Hello out there, how are you doing? I hope you are doing fine and are not bothered by any extreme weather event. My thoughts and prayers go out to the good people of New Orleans and the surrounding areas. Please stay safe!!!!

I am doing fine overall besides my usual self-critical attitude. Just wrote a little about it over at Therapy Bits so I won’t go into this here.

I have shared the above quote by Cicero several times on my social media but I just feel this to be so so true that it makes its way into my blog too.

I am grateful because we have both. We have a huge garden with a big veggie patch and enough space for the dog to run. And our front room is filled with two bookshelves full of books. Of course, we also have a kindle with a “take-away” library. Aren’t we lucky?

Part of Bee's and Andy's garden: Shed in the back, a bush in the middle, front vegetable patc with several still small courgette plants.
This is just one half of our veggie patch and yes I know, we are guilty of plastic pollution too with our bird scaring tactics πŸ˜‰

Yesterday I wrote about the fact that I try to do a gratitude journal where I write down ten things I am grateful for every day. I have to admit that it is usually the same things:

  1. our home
  2. our garden
  3. our family
  4. our friends
  5. enough food
  6. enough fresh water
  7. the ability to learn for free on the internet
  8. my blog
  9. our laptop
  10. lots of time to do the things I love

It’s the basics in my opinion but I believe if we are not grateful for the basics then we do not appreciate them enough and we might very soon experience that food and fresh water is in short supply. What is it that you are grateful for today?

As we are short of money I have learned to appreciate that through all this challenging time we have enough to eat and that we can make do with what’s available. That is a skill I am actually quite proud of. God bless my grandmother who taught me this by example.

She is the one I am thinking a lot of lately and the little quirky things she did that I did not understand when I was young. Like re-using freezer bags many many times. She cleaned them in the dish washing water and then hanged them up over the tabs when she was done. Something that comes in very handy in a time when plastics pollute the ocean.

video credit: Seeker via YouTube

I have to admit that I am not as good as she was with being frugal but I am getting there. And re-using freezer bags is certainly one thing I am starting to do.

She was also a great veg grower. My granddad always dreamed of having a farm but granny was a town girl and felt a proper farm would be too much for her to handle. So they compromised with having a huge allotment all of their life.

I now wish I would have asked her to teach me how to pickle vegetables for winter use. Our freezer isn’t too big so freezing everything isn’t an option. Many of our veg like the huge white radishes or carrots can stay in the ground but runner beans come en masse and I would love to keep some for winter. So I am going to learn how to do that via good old YouTube. I’ll keep you updated. Is there anything you wish you would have learned from your parents or grandparents?

Remember my “fairy garden“?

Image of flowerbed in middle of garden. It is rather overgrown with orange nasturtium, blue borage and other plants. A Buddleia bush and wooden fence is in back.
This sits right in the middle of the dog running area

It is rather overgrown at the moment because we have a “green house amosphere” here in North Norfolk: it is often very humid and warm. Today especially: We already had 16c/60.8F when I walked Sherky in the morning just after 7am and we both came home rather shattered.

But it had rained just before we left which was good because I didn’t need to water the plants so much. We only water our veg and what we just planted. The rest has to get on with the rain its getting to save as much water as possible. I also experiment with mulching around the plants to keep the moisture in the ground. Well, I am not a person who potters around in the garden all the time. But I use the mornings to weed a little and do bits and bobs all around. That is why our garden looks a little wild πŸ™‚ in parts.

Image of flowerbed in front of wooden fence: Orange and red poppies with strawberries underneath and a tayberry bush and honeysuckle in the back
The bee flower bed which somehow turned into a poppy oasis with tayberries and strawberries

I like to give all sorts of creepy crawlies a home though and they like it wild. I can’t remember if I posted about the wood I left in the fairy garden for a creepy crawly hotel. Haven’t checked it yet. There is also a bowl with water thats all mucky now. Need to clean it soon and put fresh water in it.

I somehow got lost in talking about our garden and lost my train of thought. Well, maybe you want to know what will be on our table later in the year?

I mentioned the courgettes in one of the above images. This year I build some lovely but rather wonky tipis over them so they can grow upwards rather than using up all the growing space on the veg patch. The greenery you saw to the right side is two rows of chard and two rows of… I think they are called Welsh Onions. They are like spring onions and we cut both chard and onions down for them to regrow. I also sowed some more on the other side of the apple tree with two rows of radishes.

Image of veg patch with two rows of radish seedlings, some parsley, corriander and chives.
We have to protect the seedlings from the birds who seem to love young radish plants.

I have planned to grow more radishes because we really love them and some carrots too. Not sure yet where exactly I am going to put them. As I said I love it wild πŸ™‚ . I am rather proud of the parsnips we grew earlier this year. They definitely need some weeding and thinning out.

Image of two rows of parsnips with mustard growing inbeetween. Lawn to the right and rambling rose in back.
We grow mustard as green manure and later mulch inbetween our veg
image of two bean tipis surrounded by parsnips, seeded parsley and a rambling rose
We let the parsley go to seed on the left to keep some for more growing. The one I showed in an image before was a bought one I put out.

And then there are the beans. I love beans even though they can be a pain to prepare and get off the plants. One seeded out on the other side of the apple tree so it got a single bamboo stick to grow up on. I feed them with nettle and comfrey soup practically daily as well as the courgette and the apple cucumber. Do you know them?

They look like little green apples and taste rather intestingly. I think they come from Italy but do just fine around here.

So, one last update on my garden projects for today. This is the front of our house and garden:

Front of Bee's and Andy's garden with red and yellow poppy, nasturtium and lots of wild plants growing.
Our front flowerbed towards the street which is at an angle.

It is not as colourfull yet as I had planned. This part used to be fully overgrown with brambles and other fast growing plants. I cleaned it in spring and planted some daffodil-, crocus and other bulbs and hope it will be a little colourful next spring. Then I moved some valerian and mint over from the back. Unfortunately, I didn’t recognise the valerian in my last weeding spree and ripped it out again. You can’t see the mint but I hope it will give the bees some lovely flowers later on. And then again lots of poppies and nasturtium. I had sowed out a wild flower meadow mix but didn’t take into consideration how much at an angle this part is. So those seeds washed away. Just the red poppies stayed on.

And I tried some sunflower seeds but they didn’t make it either. Shame 😦 . My hope is that the poppies and nasturtium self-seed and that we get a wild but colorful front next year. So, that’s the rundown on my gardening projects for today.

a little plot of land

precious gift

custodian for creepy crawlies

I mentioned it before that I try to incorporate old posts into this new version of my blog (may god (however she or he looks like) grant me the preserverance to stay with it πŸ˜‰ ). That is why you get a climpse back to February 2015 when James Mayfield was so kind to offer a guest post:

This post is a re-blog from February 2015:

Today I am honoured to have James Mayfield as my guest blogger about motivation:

~ β€œBut” is an argument for our limitations and when we argue for our limitations we get to keep them”

Les Brown

Most people desire success in their lives. We wish to leave our mark on the world and be remembered for achieving something. Some chase riches, others power, while some simply want to feel happy and be respected by others through creating something amazing.

But it’s not always enough just to want something. For it to actually happen, we must focus our efforts and develop the right mentality. Yet, most people have no idea how to do just that.

What happens to most people is that they develop the argument of β€œbut”.

β€œI want to be a successful writer… but… what if I can’t write? What if I fail? Maybe I should just give up.”

β€œI need to market my book… but… what if I just waste my money and it doesn’t work? What if nobody likes it? Maybe it’s better to not even try.”

Every time you make an argument for β€œbut”, you are validating your own limitations. And those limitations will strangle your potential.

β€œMost people fail in life not because they aim too high and miss, but because they aim too low and hit. Shoot for the moon, because even if you miss, you’ll land in the stars.”

~ Les Brown

You need to have big dreams and the courage to step forward even if success isn’t guaranteed. Because that is the only way to have real success.

But you also need to work on your goals the right way. Realizing your own potential is invigorating but you still need to put in the work. And the key here is to be consistent and to start with the small things. Dream big, but start small.

β€œSometimes it ain’t about being the most talented. Sometimes it ain’t about being the smartest. Sometimes it’s not even about working the hardest. Sometimes it’s about consistency! Consistency!”

~ Eric Thomas

You don’t succeed suddenly because of one single action taken in a moment of inspiration. The blueprint for success isn’t realized in huge chunks, but rather in tiny pieces that are put together day after day.

You don’t become a successful writer by trying to finish your book in a day or concentrating all your efforts on a single day of marketing. No, you succeed by doing small things every day to the best of your ability and then seeing it all add up in the near future.

β€œSuccess is the sum of small efforts – repeated day in and day out.”

~ Robert Collier

You have to have faith in yourself. You have to believe in the fact that the small pieces of daily effort will indeed come together to form something greater down the line. Learn to visualize the finished puzzle even when you’re still only looking for the corner pieces. You can see the end result in your mind, can you not? Believe in it. Know that it will become reality as long as you keep working on it.

Can you still experience failure despite giving what you thought was your best effort? Of-course. But don’t be afraid of setbacks if they happen. Failing at something is a part of life. You learn from it. It’s all about your mentality, about how you see it.

β€œI have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
~ Thomas A. Edison

By experiencing setbacks, we learn to succeed more effectively in the future. And the success will feel better for it.

Always believe in yourself and in your dreams. The world will be a better place for everyone if you make your dreams a reality.

I hope you guys now feel more motivated to chase your dreams and put in the daily work needed to achieve them. I know first hand how fleeting motivation can be and how hard it can be to resist depression when faced with setbacks. But never give up!

For a collection of great motivational videos, check out my YouTube playlist.

Thank you so much James for your tips on motivation!

You can find out more about James Mayfield here:

Author Page

I have put up some of my photos for purchasing via Dreamstime and it would be great if you could advertise a little for me on your social media.

You can find my profile here (its an affiliate link btw)

Bee Halton on Dreamstime

Thanks so much!

Please visit these great bloggers & authors:


Linda: &

And for my German readers:


That’s it for today. Rather a lot. I am impressed if you made it down to the end ;-). Have a great day!

Love & Rage my dears Love & Rage

5 thoughts on “All you need is a library and a garden (but this is more about gardening)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.