GARDENSTORY SALON III, August 8, 2013
Our evening started out with our festive celebration of JoJo’s birthday. The picture that was on the cake was a image from a couple weeks back of JoJo making a flower bouquet! Cute! And Yummy!!! I think all of us kind of settled in to visiting mode following the cake and ice cream, and our chores took a hiatus while we celebrated heartily with our friend, JoJo. We also got a chance to sing Happy Birthday to Ken, too, as his birthday is tomorrow!
Tonight in our mini-workshop, The Gardenstory Salon III, we decided we were going to turn our faces to the light, and focus our attention on the incredible good fortune that has come to us this summer by writing thank you cards. The supported gardeners expressed their gratitude to all of our mini-workshop hosts from this season, and let them know how much we truly appreciate the incredible generosity bestowed on us by them sharing their creative gifts. We are truly grateful.
It was extras special that the cards we used for our thank-yous were created by JoJo. Thanks for your contributions, JoJo!!
GARDENING FOR GOOD PROGRAM CONTINUES INTO SECOND YEAR, DEEPENS RELATIONSHIPS
PICO DE GALLO AND PESTO MAKING, AUGUST 1, 2013
The garden is GROWING! We had to really hunker down and get some good work done tonight. Harvesting, watering, staking, redirecting, and general loving attention. I can see that our beautiful garden responds well to this kind of positive regard.
John and Sue were our chefs extraordinaire this evening for our mini-workshop, pico de gallo and pesto making. John has a special nack with a pico de gallo, and gave all of us a fresh full bodied taste of our first tomatoes of the season. Sue’s pesto was perfection, capturing the spicy richness of the basil balanced with all the other tasty ingredients.
It was a delightful evening filled with bounty from the garden, friends that are dear to our hearts, and delicious foods that satisfy the body and soul.
Those are Mudra’s. Mudra means, hand jester. It’s the same thing when you see images of Buddhism and Hinduism gods and goddess with their hands out in different ways. I love doing Mudra’s because it’s fun to spread it around in places, out in nature, with people and out in the public so that it will spread through the air around the world.
Just when you plant a seed this tiny seed expands into a enormous seed. It spreads throughout the universe into gigantic mountain tips, flowing rivers, green forests, open fields, splashing lakes, wavy hills, brown deserts and weedy marshes. This tiny seed is the seed that puts the five elements together fire, air, water, earth and space.
We tried getting a little gardening done before the Gardensong Singalong, but the rain just would not hold off. We scooted under the big-top striped tent and mingled a bit before Peter arrived for our mini-workshop for the evening. We had a lively round of Uno, some lively conversation, and some yummy snacks to keep us satisfied. Once the singing began, the joy could not be contained. Singing lead to dancing, for the merriment of all. Andy and Rick took to jammin’ with Peter and Phyllis quite naturally. And the icing on the cake, waltzing lead by Ruth Ann to the tune of “Waltzing With Bears”. The gardens soaked in all of the joy and merriment, and expressed it back out in bounty of the Earth!