Kitchen Garden Guides

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Old Friends

There is nothing like old friends. You can be separated by thousands of miles, not see each other for years and have lots of new friends but, when you get together again with an old friend, it is like you only saw each other yesterday.

I have such a friend who lives in Tasmania. We met in the Adelaide Uni Mountain Club and have kept in touch ever since. She came to stay recently and it was fabulous. She came to Wednesday gardening, we stayed up late talking, we laughed and reminisced and talked about everything but most of all we were just at ease with other. In my post on the blog about her stay, I likened her to an old gardening boot - comfortable and warm - and she sent me an email when she read it saying thanks, that was a compliment and she felt the same way.

Yesterday I got a birthday card from her. It is all hand made and full of drawings and cuttings of vegetables and birds and flowers and says everything a friend would want to hear on their 50th birthday ..... including the bit about me always being hungry for good food! Along with another hand-made card I have received, this will be cherished and not hidden away in a drawer when the birthday is over.

People do change a bit over time but old friends know you from the inside out so there is nothing that can be hidden from them! I am very lucky to have a few old friends and a few is all I need.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008


I heard this song for the first time yesterday and I thought how it is like my philosophy of taking a leap and seeing where you land, all put into words and made into a song. (I liked the Australian version I heard but it is not available online). If you never move outside your your comfort zone you are not really living, it seems to me. I always encouraged my boys to be the ones to say yes, I will give it a go, even when they didn't know if they could do it....always trust your cape.

Eight years old with flour sack cape
Tied all around his neck
He climbed up on the garage
Figurin’ what the heck
He screwed his courage up so tight
The whole thing come unwound
He got a runnin’ start and bless his heart
He headed for the ground

Chorus :
He’s one of those who knows that life
Is just a leap of faith
Spread your arms and hold you breath
Always trust your cape
All grown up with a flour sack cape
Tied all around his dream
He’s full of piss and vinegar
He’s bustin’ at the seams
He licked his finger and checked the wind
It’s gonna be do or die
He wasn’t scared of nothin’, boys
He was pretty sure he could fly


Old and grey with a flour sack cape
Tied all around his head
He’s still jumpin’ off the garage
And will be till he’s dead
All these years the people said
He’s actin’ like a kid
He did not know he could not fly
......So he did