Where I live on the New South Wales south coast, today is the first day of spring. My garden is bursting with flowers, the trees are in blossom and the jasmine is absolutely gorgeous with masses of delicate flowers and an amazing scent which fills the air. We just live on a regular suburban block in a regional area, but to me it is paradise. Your garden, no matter what size it is, can really be a source of immense enjoyment and entertainment. That sounds strange coming from me, considering that about eight years ago I had never even got my hands dirty!

Some of the flowers I have recently planted.
Some of the flowers I have recently planted.

Recently I have been discovering the joys of propagating my own plants, and wow it has been fun. I still pinch myself at the number of beautiful new plants I have in my garden which have cost me nothing! You can read here a little about getting started with propagation, it is not as hard as you may think.

I was thinking yesterday about the benefits of good old fashioned work. Whether it is working in the garden or around your home, a great deal of satisfaction can be gained from being industrious. Yesterday, I went for a walk with a lovely friend in the morning and then came home and did some gardening. I planted some zucchini seedlings, some flowers, dug over some garden beds, and did a little pruning. It was so enjoyable being outside and enjoying the sunshine and the wonderful “scenery” in my back yard.

Wonderful pink snapdragons which have self seeded in the backyard.
Wonderful pink snapdragons which have self seeded in the backyard.

After lunch I was a little tired so I had a bit of a sit down and a read in order to refresh. After about an hour’s break I got stuck into some inside jobs. I made lemon cordial from an abundance of lemons I had been given, made a spinach frittata from an abundance of eggs we had, as well as a whole orange cake. You can find the recipe for the whole orange cake here. Meanwhile home-made pasta sauce was simmering on the stove top ready for dinner.

Delicious whole orange cake.
Delicious whole orange cake.

By the end of the day, I felt a real sense of joy and accomplishment and couldn’t help but think how good old fashioned labour is good for the soul!

The writer of Proverbs put it like this “ In all labour there is profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.” Prov 14:23