Sunday, July 26, 2009

Hope and Fears

The Iris is one of my favourite flowers. It's so fragile yet so vividly strong and purposeful. It's calming, peaceful, elegant and, at the same time, it's temporary and short lived. My partner bought some home for me on Friday night, and I have been enjoying their company.

I've had a break from blogging since I got the flu, and then went away for a bush walking weekend and hurt my back when I fell on a rock. I've pretty much now recovered, but I then had a couple of busy weekends. All the while I was feeling pretty much emotionally distracted by my up and coming trip to India in September/October (so much planning to do), and preparing for a fairly routine operation this week. Preparing for surgery (regardless of how routine it is for the Dr) is emotionally draining for me. So I haven't really been focused on anything of late.

So, the Iris is my symbol of hope and fear, of strength and fragility. It shows me, I too can be elegant, clam and peaceful in the moment.

Brief updates:
  • Finished reading 'The Dragon of Trelian' (Thanks Della Bellezza)
  • Currently reading 'The elegance of the Hedgehog' (encouraged by RubyRed Books and 'The Good Life'
  • Looking forward to the Japanese Literature Challenge 3

  • Garden pickings (this week) included spinach, bok choy, celery, grapefruits, lemons, carrots, lettuce, cherry tomatoes and leeks
  • Garden plantings included a Yacon (check this out for more info), comfrey, bok choy, Chinese cabbage, silverbeet, snow peas and carrots.
Until soon.....


The Potting Shed said...

Aaahhh...a fellow Iris Lover! I will dispatch post haste some special photos of Iris that have meant a lot to me. With love. Martine

Karen said...

I hope everything has gone well with the surgery - I know it will have but just want you know I am thinking of you.

Tamara said...

Many thanks for your thoughts. Surgery went well and no complications. I am happily recovering in my own bed.