Author Archives: Judith Gardiner

About Judith Gardiner

I'm a pilgrim, a traveller, a tourist! I'm on a journey of life, and my life is like a rich and varied garden, with new growth, blooms and even some weeds which I keep trying to eradicate! I'd like people to read my blog and feel positive about life and the earth we share. The world is a place of good news stories and experiences we can share.

Coming Home

“The purpose of a pilgrimage is about setting aside a long period of time in which the only focus is to be the matters of the soul. Many believe a pilgrimage is about going away but it isn’t; it is … Continue reading

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Each of us is a pilgrim

  “I believe each of us is a pilgrim in our own way; we are all lost souls, trying to find our way home.” Set Adam Smith, Rip van Winkle and the Pumpkin Lantern I’ve been very lucky that three of … Continue reading

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Deeper Down Things

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I am reminded of a poem about observations, of the images and emotions they evoke. “Is this what I am doing now? Watching the currents, passages of life around me. I am not looking for books to explain more with … Continue reading

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A Bird Without Wings

A traveller without observation is a bird without wings (Moslih Eddin Saadi). One of the best things about travelling is observing other people in the place. They too may be travellers, or residents – and each goes about their business. … Continue reading

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Fruit for their songs

I value my garden more for being full of blackbirds than of cherries, and very frankly give them fruit for their songs’ (Joseph Addison) I am growing Australian native shrubs which will bring birds into the garden, and other wildlife. … Continue reading

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Tomatoes, Lettuce, Wombok and Basil

‘The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul’ (Alfred Austin). Looks like a great salad plate coming up in … Continue reading

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2018 Already!

‘I grow plants for many reasons: to please my eye or to please my soul, to challenge the elements or to challenge my patience, for novelty or for nostalgia, but mostly for the joy in seeing them grow’ (David Hobson). … Continue reading

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Another New Year!

This time last year I was in Jerusalem, celebrating a new year. My celebrations this year were at the Sunshine Coast – Noosa Beach with my friend Jennifer. Let’s hope that this year brings peace to those enduring war, and … Continue reading

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Peace on Earth

We are approaching Christmas, the time of ‘peace on earth and goodwill to all’. Yesterday, we witnessed the rupturing of peace in Paris – senseless, brutal murder of innocent people enjoying their ordinary lives in restaurants, theatres and sporting matches … Continue reading

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Back to Rotterdam – the end of our cruise!

Today, August 1, our cruise ended with our return to Rotterdam. The sea was very rough again as we left Kristiaansand, and again, many people were sea sick, but again, we proved our sea legs and stayed well! Perhaps champagne … Continue reading

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