Happiness From My Garden To You

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My garden is starting to bloom. I already harvested some vegetables; radishes, carrots, onions, herbs, and strawberries. Others are on their way. Right now everything is green and lush. These are some photos from his morning.

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Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul. – Luther Burbank

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If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.

– Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Well I do find the beauty in animals. I find beauty everywhere. I find beauty in my garden.

– Doris Day

ar (1)If you would like to know what Ariel and I did today, you can find out on Instagram 😉

I hope you’re having an awesome day!!

Love & Light, Always

Maria

13 thoughts on “Happiness From My Garden To You

  1. Your garden looks beautiful.
    How precious it is to be able to harvest your own food.
    Just curious – why did Ariel wear a tarp?
    It is heating up here again. We got some needed rain over the weekend.

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    • Thank you! I love spending time there. Learning a lot, as I go along.

      I wrote about my theory of how to help a horse to become brave herehttps://mjanssonphotography.com/2016/06/01/desensitizing-a-horse-or-not/, when I introduced the tarp for the first time to her. It’s basically to prepare her for things that we will encounter at one point, or another. Here’s an excerpt from that post.

      “Maybe you’re thinking, why? Why would I take the time to do this? How will this benefit my horse? Or me?

      Imagine a ride on your horse. It’s a beautiful, and sunny day. An hour into the ride, the wind picks up. You decide to turn around. You take the shortest way home, a dirt road with very little traffic. There’s some cars, and trucks driving by every once in a while. There’s a few houses. One of the houses have a clothe line full off laundry flapping in the wind. Another house have a metal mail box, that opens and close every time the wind increases. Someone is mowing their lawn. A dog barks. A plastic bag comes flying, and lands on your horse’s head, and falls down towards the ground, but get tangled up in one of your horse’s front legs. How does this scenario unfold in your head? I can see a few scenes that I wouldn’t like to experience, including the horse bolting, and running into traffic.

      To avoid these scenarios (including expensive vet & medical bills,) I prepare my horse. For the horse sake, and for mine. Things happen with horses, but there’s a lot that can be done to make every experience as pleasurable, and positive as possible. The mounted patrol spend a lot of time preparing their horses. Why wouldn’t I?”

      It works! Ariel is by nature a very reactive horse. Using horse terminology she would be described as a “right brain extrovert”, meaning that her instincts as a prey animal (to run when fear takes over,) is very close to the surface. Some horses don’t care much about what’s going on in their environment. Arabians are sensitive horses. They notice everything. Their intelligence, and eagerness to be with people, makes it relatively easy to gain their trust, and teach them new things. I see it as my responsibility to help her use the left side, the thinking side of her brain more. To make our time together safe, and enjoyable for everyone. I hope that helped 🙂 I really enjoy this side of being with horses. With many horses, and most definitely Ariel, you can easily see how proud they are of their own efforts, when you reward them with praise. Ariel loves our lessons, and often comes running from the other side of the pasture, begging for me to open the round-pen, where we usually play. I hope that you’ll come and meet her one day Anne-Marie!

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    • OOOO yes!!!! Do you have any tips for growing mandarines? I’ve never done that, but would love to try! The peach tree seedlings that I planted a couple weeks ago are doing fine, but the nectarines I planted are having a rough time, even though they were bigger, and had longer roots to begin with.

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  2. I am impressed with your garden, it is the biggest delight to see the results!
    “A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust”. Gertrude Jekyll is so right!

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  3. beautiful flowers! And Ariel 🙂 I don’t have instagram… but, do you know if its Possible to do it, get it, from a desktop Mac? my hands just don’t work the smaller devices 😦

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