‘Seeing Beyond’

garden 1At this time of the year I find myself itching to get out into the garden – to tidy up after the winter – to plan for the coming months – maybe ‘redesign ‘ a little!

I love a garden – love designing – planting – ‘pottering’

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When we viewed the house we have now lived in for the past 7 months it was surrounded by grass – leaving us with a clean canvas on which to ‘create’. We talked of having a competition – to come up with a design – quite a challenge with 6 of us competing!

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By the time we had moved in we had thistles about a metre high! – so – OK – all we had to do was to clear away the weeds – allowing us to see the potential.  garden 7




What happened was that we uncovered a plot of extremely rough and bumpy grass – difficult to even cut down to a reasonable height and showing all the imperfections in what we had envisaged as a great expanse of lawn!



However – although it doesn’t sound like much to look at – it leads my eye across the fields  to the far horizon – it gives food to so many species of birds – rabbits roam                garden 9




birds of prey circle garden 10

garden birds feed – spiders spin their webs

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There’s always something for us to see and hear.

We have come to love our garden and the only cultivation we’re likely to undertake will be in order to enhance the habitat for the life that thrives there.

The beauty of my garden is that it allows me to see so much more that it’s boundaries – to see beyond any grass – shrubs or flowers.

We want to come up with designs that enhance the garden – not just for our own pleasure but for the benefit of the wildlife that abounds. We want to create a garden that blends in with the open landscape we find ourselves in.


There are limits – yes – challenges – but not impossibilities!

I’m filled with a sense of purpose that goes beyond our garden

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I want to plan my life for the benefit of others – rather than just for my own pleasure – use what I have to enhance the world for those who inhabit it – create a space around me that’s for the growth and encouragement of others – space for others to feel safe – to feel at peace – to enjoy and visit as and when they want. So – I will seek to cultivate my life – to allow others to see ‘beyond’ the borders – to all that God has for them to enjoy.


5 Comments Add yours

  1. balroop2013 says:

    What a heart-warming post Lois…thinking of life around us is such a benevolent thought! Beauty in all forms is beautiful…we just need the ‘eye of the beholder.’ Stay blessed dear friend and keep inspiring!


    1. loisastwood says:

      Thank you for your kind response and encouragement

      Liked by 1 person

  2. amandalannon says:

    I think you already live your life to benefit others…from what I have experienced in the short time I have known you Lois. A tool to help others heal too. May the Lord continue to bless you whilst you continue to bless others.


    1. loisastwood says:

      Thank you so much for your encouragement Amanda. My constant prayer is to somehow bless others

      Liked by 1 person

      1. amandalannon says:

        You certainly have that prayer answered.


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