While I usually don't post on the weekends, today is my day to water all the gardening plots for my class. For the first few weeks, they need watering every day, and each of us are now volunteer waterers. As my gardening teacher explained it, since the area hasn't been worked for a year, we'll need to water a lot for the first week. And we have about 30 plots at the Learning Garden. So, I've decided that perhaps watering other people's garden plots could be construed as Watering Therapy (although I don't plan on carrying an umbrella like the woman in the image from Corbis).
A few days ago, my son bought a new iPod and gave me his old one, which he loaded with some of the music I like. When I come up with a list, and/or give him CDs, he'll add more. iPods are the one technology I know nothing about. At one time or another, I've ranted that kids (and adults) who go through life wearing earphones are missing out on connecting with other people, eavesdropping on conversations (which, as a writer, I would terribly miss), and so much more. But, when I put on the earphones the other day, slipped the iPod in my pocket, and silently sang along with Bob Dylan, I decided that maybe I've been too harsh, and perhaps listening to music might be a component of water therapy.
FYI...Last night after entertaining friends, I couldn't fall asleep for hours. In my sleepless state, I found a bunch of blogs about nature and gardening that I genuinely liked...at least at first glance. So, here are a few recommendations:
Tom Mangan of Two-Wheel Drive (a blog I do know and like) has written a great post on Hiking as Therapy.
While Phillip Oliver's Dirt Therapy isn't truly about horticultural therapy, he has created a beautiful garden in Northwest Alabama, and his photographs of flowers should make you smile.
Donnie MacKay's photographs of Hebrides at Photo Hebrides are wonderful.
Caroline from Caroline at Coastcard [Land and Lit] and I share two interests and she also posts some lovely photos.
And the four women who write Garden Rant usually make me smile because they're so opinionated and so very knowledgeable about gardening.
Have a lovely weekend!