January was gloomy (during which we saw the sun only on 16 days!) and February promises to be no better. The short, grey-laden skies day after day demotivates a person and encourages gloom. It is difficult to remain upbeat when the blue skies are hidden and the sun makes a rare appearance.
At the end of last week, I noticed something that made me smile with pleasure. It is a sight that brightens my day when I walk into my bedroom at the end of a day’s work.
The bright pink flowers on my cactus bring me double pleasure: the beauty of the flowers on a grey winter day; and the fact that this is the first time my cactus is flowering in the three years that I have had it. This is a flower that encourages me to smile every day.
Many plants cannot survive outside in the cooler days especially those that thrive in the heat of summer. On Friday I was asked to look after the planters that are normally placed at the entrance of the school until the warmer spring days. I took in the geraniums gladly, knowing that they would bring life and colour into the classroom. I enjoy seeing the greenery each day as I step into the room and I take pleasure in the colour of the remaining flowers.
This week I am grateful for the plants that have been brought into my room.
Green is one of the colours that I enjoy: it is a colour that soothes the soul when you are out in nature; and it is a colour that I enjoy eating 🙂
Our hotel room at the Lugogo Sun in Swaziland.
A Lime Milkshake
A favourite meal: salad with broccoli quiche.
Sugar cane fields in Mauritius.
Close-up of flowering sugar cane.
A road view in Mauritius.
A green lizard.
The vegetable market in Port Louis, Mauritius.
A stream at the Pamplemousse Gardens in Mauritius.
Trees at the Mauritian Botanical Gardens.
The above photos are small reminders of the vacation our family took in July/August. Now as I look at the world, I see a brown environment – one that in a few months will turn white. It is pleasant to know that when the seasons change, we will once again experience the greenery of nature. And in the meantime, I will still enjoy eating leafy greens.