Strolling through the agricultural park in the heart of the city yesterday brought back a lot of memories. My parents especially my Dad ( the avid photographer that he was) loved to bring us here for a day trip and to take pictures. The farm has wonderful beds of flowers of every colour one can imagine. Rock gardens, and a small oasis tucked here and there of trees and evergreens. Along with what I will call domestic plants, the farm also has fields of corn and other crops. The Dept. of Agriculture has several office buildings and laboratories there, it is a big area, however, as long as I can remember, they have had a portion of it open to the public so that “city folk” can come and learn about crops, animals etc. Yes one of the big attractions is a cow barn. And no, we didn’t get to see the cows, that will be another time.
On a summer day, it wasn’t unusual to have to fight your way to through a crowd of tourists with cameras all clicking away, at the thousands of plants in various stages of their blooming cycles. It was and likely still is a place for wedding pictures. Yes there was a hit of rain in the air, and late afternoon so the place was quiet. The heat of the day was being tossed about by a wind that was testing its wings, it was still in a playful mood. A rain cloud was nudged and some drops did fall, but all in all, it was a wonderful hour away from the hustle and bustle of the rush hour traffic that was happening all around this patch of “Agricultural farm land”
While we hurry about, driving here and there, there is another style of living that is very close by, and unless we stop, we don’t see it. How often have I driven by and not stopped. For years I’ve taken this place for granted. Already the reality of modern day life in 2014, with budget cuts and the
need or is it greed, for space to build, sources have tried to cut into this land, ” Master Gardeners” and” Friends of the Farm” volunteer and work hard to maintain the land for people to enjoy.
It takes years for trees to develop, grow and mature into the works of natural art they become. We are much like the nature around us, to live we need the freedom to grow, most of all we need love in our lives, in all its various forms. We need to stop looking out, and begin to look at what IS. The expression, “stop and smell the roses” certainly applied in my day yesterday. To quote from a church lesson ” With a humble mind, take a second look ” make time to reflect on where you are, sincerely pray that you will live with love at the core of your actions.
Good morning dear readers….. I hope you get to enjoy a breath of fresh air today, after yesterday, I want more.. =^_^= is that a snippet of greed? Oh gosh and golly gee, I hope not. SMILE… pass it on.
Big, small, tall, I love you all
Namaste – Oyashikiri
except last one, all pictures are mine,Q