Today is a special day. It’s the first birthday of the blog! Happy birthday to us – me, and YOU; for you are a huge part of the blog.
I started this blog as a way to chronicle my journey as an amateur gardener learning by making her own mistakes. I’ve also tried to make it a place for other amateur gardeners to learn without making the same mistakes as me. It has been exhilarating and frustrating in equal measures, but that’s how life is, isn’t it?
I have succeeded, I have struggled and have failed, and have learned about gardening and life in the process. I have seen my carefully planted pots come tumbling down in front of my eyes, and I have picked up the pieces and planted afresh. I did not know I had such patience, such childlike joy and such immense love inside me before I started gardening.
Gardening has successfully changed me from a vagabond to a nurturing caring person. I’ve learned that a garden is not just for pleasure, it’s an investment of your hard work, your time and your soul. However, I would never have been so invested and dedicated to my tiny garden had it not been for the blog. I learn so that I can share with you. I read so that I can tell you. I click pictures so that I can show you how a small space and little effort can produce such breathtaking beauty. I work and I learn by making mistakes so that I can tell you what not to do.
Writing this blog has been therapeutic for me. It has made me more observant and more appreciative. Writing this blog has made me more cognizant and more thankful for silver linings. Every time a plant dies, I am forced to notice another that hasn’t. Every time I go into my balcony, I notice every little flower that’s pretty, every plant that’s doing well and every success of my little efforts because I have to share it with you. The blog has definitely helped to improve my photography skills 😀 Since I started writing the blog, the number of selfies in my phone and iPad and camera has gone down drastically 😛
So today, I want to thank YOU, dear reader. Whichever corner of the world you live in. Whether you are a follower, a regular visitor, or if you have seen my blog only once. Thank you for giving a meaning to my efforts. Thank you for the gift of your time. Thank you for telling me that my words and my experience is worth reading. Thank you for your comments, your questions, your doubts, your requests and your support. Without you, I’d have no reason to write. Without you, I’d never learn how to take better pictures than I did one year ago. Without you, my garden would probably never go beyond the first plant that died. You are the reason I ploughed on, and will continue to. THANK YOU!
I will be back soon with more. For now, I will leave you with this flashback of how the garden (and my photography) has changed over the last year.
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Until we meet again, Happy Birthday to Us!
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