a garden is a spell we cast within the world

Posted: July 8, 2021 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time

working in one of our favourite gardens this week, it’s so good to have Old Man Crow back on deck!

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Jude))) for a long time I thought gardening was just a way to pay the rent and keep food in our bellies to support the art & music but it’s much more than that, the work helps keep our feet on the ground with hands and heart connecting to the spirits of place

  1. Great to know you have your Old Man Crow back in action! Connection to the spirits of place and the natural world is so vital

  2. shiborigirl says:

    A garden is a blessing no matter where or who owns it. Ultimately, Nature owns it. For some reason I never knew this was your daily work and joy. Love it!

  3. Marti says:

    A garden whether large or small, gives the gift of serenity, what I call “green mind” as well as the gift of healing, of soothing. My garden exists now, mostly in pots, a bit of a tiny patch of ground and every morning, it is my special place, as the sun rises, as birds greet the day and me with song, as the green of what is growing all around me, roots in my soul…

    Gardening may be what feeds you but from how you have written about how you and Rod go about this work, I know it is so much more than a way to make a living, as you have written here, it feeds your souls as well. The joy of knowing that Rod is back to the land, that you both are tending your gardens together with your usual grace and caring, is simply wonderful to know.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Marti))) Rod is such a champion, I did the gardening for a couple of weeks by public transport but missed him so much that he started driving again just two weeks out of hospital & this week he is fully back on deck! Yesterday the physiotherapist was very happy with how quickly he is recovering, he did the walking test which was 6 minutes of walking in circles round the gym as quickly and elegantly as possible and came up with a score of 98% for his age, height and weight! He gave him some more very challenging exercises to do in combination with the gardening, getting back to the Tai Chi class and riding his bicycle, he’ll be able to walk to the pub once we get out of lockdown no worries & we will be going bushwalking together by spring!

  4. Nancy says:

    Mo~ What a beautiful space! I can see why your work feeds you so. I’m so happy to hear how well Rod is doing! My left knee speaks that language of pain, so knowing he feels better is a light to my heart. Be well you two. xo

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Nancy))) he is very stoic and pushing himself hard to get his knee fully functioning again as I was nor coping with doing the work on my own by public transport! He still needs to take the strong pain medication to sleep at night & this works even better with a few beers.

  5. deemallon says:

    What a blessing — Rod’s speedy recovery. He gets all the gold stars!

  6. Martine Bos says:

    This sounds so good Mo……………….happy for you both.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Martine))) he is getting so much better every day, the surgeon did a brilliant job, we are so blessed to have such a good public health system here in Australia !

  7. Pete Webb says:

    How great to have your mate back to work with you.
    Part is the work, but also sharing what’s to be done without having a fixed answer is always good, as the creative decision is born of our relationship in the moment.
    How our emotions can blend and flower themselves together is part of the magic of gardens.
    We do it in love and a desire to share with others, tho we are rarely there to see the smiles or the happy dance of birds and floating leaves that sort of get to choose where they will float to on the lawn, once our backs are turned.
    It is no wonder that one of the most told stories of all time (Adam and Eve) is set in a garden. Everyone simply assumes that God was the gardener, but maybe it was Lilith and ?
    Humility, and sore parts of your body are part of the payment, which also disappear rather rapidly. Love to you both. Pete

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Pete))) you inspired me to work as a gardener when we first met back in the 70’s when you were the seed collector in the glass houses at the Melbourne Botanic Gardens. I remember how your hair grew even more wildly curly in sympathy with the plant’s tendrils & then a few years later when you revealed the beautiful bones of the neglected and overgrown Edna Walling garden in Olinda. I am so honoured to be your friend!

  8. Hazel says:

    The two of you make beautiful magic

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Hazel))) we love all our gardens & their owners, when we started MeMo Garden Services last century I said to Rod that we would only work for people who treated us with respect and we liked. He thought it was a bad business plan at the time but it’s worked out well, our customers have become friends in the nearly 30 years of cobbling this life together and we love all their gardens!

  9. Barry says:

    MC – gardening restores the soul – and great to have OMC right there as part of it. B

  10. fiona says:

    Oh what wonderful words about gardens. They are all of these and more aren’t they? Places of care and soothing and calming; reminders of fallow times and times of regeneration and growth. All of life’s lessons can be found in a garden I think. Vey excited that Old Man Crow is up and about and out there doing it all again – fantastic rehab! Good pain relief is essential to healing so keep up the night time ones I say…

  11. Liz A says:

    gardening, which in my case is weeding and pruning, is such good therapy … both mentally and physically … I have no doubt that has a lot to do with how Rod has recovered as quickly as he has

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Liz))) the physio is very impressed with how the gardening & driving are helping him make such a quick recovery in combination with the targeted exercises he is putting him through each week which are hard work but doing the job.

  12. debgorr says:

    I really believe that about gardening….I think I’ve said this before, it’s one of the places I feel most myself, and where I can find myself when I feel lost. And I feel pretty passionately about having work that feeds us emotionally as well, so glad you have had that.

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