The Secret To My Happiness

Funny it has taken me so long to work out what makes my day, and its funny that it is something that I took for granted! Something that we no longer have in our life! Yet this week and a bit I have been out and about every day and over the moon about the effects its having on my body.

The Secret To My Happiness.

It’s so simple. So easy. And hurts every muscle in my body ~ actually I am wondering if I am going to be able to move tomorrow. You see I don’t have a garden bed in my Motorhome. Actually I don’t have any flowers, and for someone who LOVES roses it seems weird not to have something growing.

 Where we are staying, is four acres of land! Four Acres of garden beds that are so over grown, neglected, run down and in much need of TLC. Yep I have been given permission to do what ever I like with each garden bed 🙂

It’s like a Kid in a Lolly Shop ~ What will I chose first? Where do I start? Where do I Stop? Actually I don’t think I will stop until we move on. When I started with the front garden beds my intentions was to do a few garden beds and leave it at that. Yet the more I walk around the Caravan Park, the more I see and want to do.

Secret to my happiness is gardening

The Front Hedges ~

one of our sons trimmed all of them!

Yeah its crazy ~ my happiness is getting out in the fresh air. Getting dirty and sweaty. Then watching the gardens take shape. The garden beds are talking to me, and letting me decide what they need. I take out weeds, and I discover Plants that are hidden in amongst the over grown out of control gardens. I move plants from one location, to another. And soon I can see shapes, designs and colour co-ordination taking over.

Its like I am letting go, being in the moment, and seeing what happens within each garden bed. Some of the beds are large, some can only hold a few plants. Each has little dirt or mulch so that has been added. And some of it is so hard to dig so I ask David to dig deeper into the dry dirt. Once he has then I can add the plants, add the mulch. Add water.

renovating Gardens

The After Photo ~

I keep forgetting to take the Before Photos!!

Here is the Front Garden Bed as you arrive to the Caravan Park.

I can see how its going to look in a few years time. For someone who can’t see the visual aspects of building projects, I am enjoying the visual images that I am receiving. Its going to look good for those that arrive this week, next week, next year.

And How Much Do I Charge For My Happiness?

Funny but the Secret to My Happiness is not being charged. I am not  asking for money, nor has it been discussed. This was a project that started off with us cleaning out the palm leaves behind our Motorhome. Then we took the load to the dump (we had over filled the trailer).

Our boys did get paid ~ it was pocket money for all of them to share, for helping out. Seen as how one of our sons didnt want to help in the garden beds, he is still getting his share of the money ~ because for two days he washed all of our clothes, hang them on the line, took them off, and folded them…..then he put them all away! That gave me time to work on the gardens.

Next I started mowing around our Motorhome. With the warmer days I wanted the grass shorter! Following on from the mowing our boys whipper snipped the grass along the river bank. The grass on the river bank was tall, some of it past my waist. Snakes would have loved the camouflaged area, as well as mice! So it’s now gone.

One of the caravan cabin gardens

One of the Cabin Garden Beds

Then we wondered on down and did the front garden bed. With one of our sons trimming the hedge at the front, mulching went on and so the week began with many more plants added, moved, replaced and more! That is the secret to my happiness ~ getting out and about.

Digging.

Planting.

Changing.

Adding.

Taking Away.

Mulching.

Using muscles I haven’t used in such a long time ~ and feeling the after effects for some time.

Caravan park cabins garden beds.

The other side of the same cabin ~

Will have to update with more photos as I take them!

The Best Surprise ~ I have lost weight this week, and I am sleeping better.

Funny How I Find Happiness with what I once took for granted…..we used to have 1/4 of acre to play with!

What Makes You Happy?

PS:- Please don’t tell me “My Kids Make Me Happy” because I am asking what makes YOU happy. My kids are my joy, yet we all need something outside our family 🙂

Cheers

Lisa

New Life on the Road

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10 thoughts on “The Secret To My Happiness

    • August 4, 2012 at 10:36 pm
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      Hi Lisa,

      Oh how wonderful ~ hey maybe that is how we should travel….turning up to everyones house to garden for letting us stay there!

      So what does make you happy?

      Cheers
      Lisa

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  • August 3, 2012 at 4:01 pm
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    Drawing makes me happy. But I also feel happy helping my grandmother tend her garden.

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    • August 4, 2012 at 10:33 pm
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      Hi Marianne,

      Now that would be so great ~ to be able to draw 🙂

      What great quality time you would be having with your Grandmother…gardening with her sounds gorgeous.

      Cheers
      Lisa

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  • August 3, 2012 at 7:26 pm
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    I too like gardening. My tomatoes are producing so many tomatoes that I don’t know what to do with them all. But what makes me happiest at the moment is photography! I know that exercise does make me sleep better as well. Happy gardening!
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    • August 4, 2012 at 10:29 pm
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      Hi Jan,

      that is so cool that you have too many tomatoes! Maybe you could cook them up as a Tomatoe Pasta Sauce, and freeze it for when you next do a tomato based dish?

      Love the idea of taking photos ~ lately trees keep catching my eye. They are incredible how they grow, and I want to capture them on camera. Now all I need to do is remember the camera next time i see them!

      Cheers
      Lisa

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  • August 4, 2012 at 6:26 am
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    I love this post. I hove your generous spirit and how it’s spreading happiness to everyone in the park. Nature can’t help but makes us happy 🙂 My other half is just setting me up a new veggie patch and chook yard. Just a little excited about that 🙂 Growing flowers and veggies and eggs makes me happy too!! Keep up the awesome work!!!
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    • August 4, 2012 at 10:22 pm
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      Hi Caz,

      Oh we love Chooks – and used to have a veggie patch!

      How exciting for you all. Yep garden work rocks 🙂

      Cheers
      Lisa

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  • August 6, 2012 at 8:23 am
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    Soccer. Playing soccer makes me gloriously happy. The awesome feeling when you make a great tackle- getting the ball, pushing it up and than a goal being scored. Knowing that it all started because you won the ball down the other end- despite everyone cheering on the goal scorer.

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    • September 7, 2012 at 12:27 am
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      Hi Lee,

      I so can imagine my older son agreeing with you on that one! He LOVES soccer 🙂

      Its a great sport to get one fit, but cant say that I enjoy watching the game.

      Cheers
      Lisa

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