If October could be summed up in one word, that word would be mulch.
It’s been a good month for gardening with lots of warm, still days, so the Big T and I have been super-busy making new borders and raised beds, sewing seeds, weeding, planting and transplanting — you know the drill.
Early on we took possession of a mulch mountain and have gradually eroded it to barely a hillock.
And while the garden now looks significantly different, it’s really not photogenic. But with luck (and a bit of rain), by November’s Changing Seasons, I’ll have something to show you that looks more interesting than relocated piles of mulch.
In the meantime …
Apart from gardening, I don’t feel as though I’ve done mulch at all in October (see what I did there).
NZ’s general election seemed to split the month in two, and it’s only with hindsight I realise how anxious I was about the outcome. In the end, the Labour Party made history by being the first under our proportional representation system able to govern outright. While this does mean the government can’t blame inaction on conservative coalition partners, it also means that the Green Party, despite an increased number of MPs, won’t necessarily have a place in government. And NZ’s woeful record on addressing climate change and basic issues of social justice will probably remain woeful.
But in the spirit of accepting personal responsibility for our part in the climate disaster, T and I abandoned the car and took a ferry into central Auckland on a recent visit to the art gallery.
I continue to play with art materials; more for the joy of experimenting than with any particular result in mind. Alcohol inks and air-dry clay are my current favourites.
About the Changing Seasons
In last month’s Changing Seasons post I asked for feedback about the guidelines for posting, which have been unchanged since this challenge was established by Cardinal Guzman in 2015.
Thanks for all your comments.
The general feeling seems to be that we’re mostly happy that the structure allows us to share our reflections on the month in whatever way suits us, and the guidelines are mainly for anyone new to The Changing Seasons.
The things that were mentioned were the limit on photo numbers and the requirement to only use new images. Most people who mentioned the shot limit agreed it was a good idea (though we all admitted to exceeding it).
I am aware that most of us follow a very large number of blogs and do so actively — engaging with the content beyond simply hitting the “like” button. My own view is that having people read my blog is a privilege I must continue to earn by doing my best to be interesting, and respecting the value of your time and engagement. For me that means editing the text (and then editing it again) and trying to only use images that help tell the story.
As for the requirement to use new images; I’ve always seen that as a request not to bore readers by recycling shots they have already seen.
I had planned to include draft text of some updated guidelines here, but as I’ve already written more than usual, I’ll do that in a separate post.
Until then, feel free to add comments to my musings, and of course link to this post in your own so that I can update accordingly.
Tracy from Reflections of An Untidy Mind
Tish at Writer on the Edge
Sarah at Art Expedition
Suzanne from Life at No. 22
Pauline from Living in Paradise
Natalie from Natalie the Explorer
Lani from Life, the Universe and Lani
Ju-Lyn from All Things Bright and Beautiful
Brian at Bushboy’s World
Gil at Talking Thailand