Let’s Get Around
There is definitely a walking craze going on, with people feeling confined to their living quarters. The weather is so conducive at just around the average freezing mark these days.
Graham and I participated in the craze and ended up gazing at front lawns, shrubs and trees. He is particularly interested in it as a hobby at his country home near Picton, Ontario. He identified the cedar globes, spruce, Colorado spruce, Norwegian pine; a host of God-made plant-life that could bring to light a world of scent, texture, beauty and grace.
Graham went on to say that “in the summer it’s all about flowers, but in the winter the eyes can be bedazzled by the landscape.” What a fantastic observation. I told him of how George Harrison was quite the gardener. There is also a great book on gardening, “Chaitanya Charitamrta,” which speaks figuratively about the tree of the fruit of prema, ultimate love for the Absolute. In this book we read of how the monk, Chaitanya, reaps the harvest of this fruit of different kinds.
Anyway, street after street Graham was naming the diversity of bush. To me it gave a deeper dimensional appreciation of the green that is so well tended to by homeowners in the area. On his own acreage, in the extensive backyard, there is ample red cedar for the homes winter warmth.
I do believe that walkers have a better chance at noticing good shrubs and trees than do fast-moving motorist. Please get out and have a hard look at jutting out hairs that spring from the earth.
May the source be with you!