I went to one of the local garden centres yesterday to purchase seeds for my garden. This is a welcome return to gardening, and done with intent and contentment. I've missed gardening to this degree, and look forward to the process.
This particular garden centre is lovely as it is set back from the road and you wind around a twisty little path to get to the parking area and the main building.
I was greeted by a lively group of chickens happily walking through the parking area looking for gravel and bugs.
The photo above was my attempt to capture how this particular chicken was quite content roosting in the tree cooing quietly watching the others move about on the ground. I find that the soft cooing sounds that chickens make when content is soothing and for lack of better words "earthy" and reminds me of farms and rural areas.
I'm writing this blog post in homage to all of those that are getting ready for garden season, whether this involves patio container gardening, raised bed gardening or large scale gardens, there is something inherently therapeutic about working with soil, seedlings and plants.
I would encourage anyone to find a way to explore gardening. Connecting with the earth, nurturing plants as they grow and taking time to breath outdoor fresh air.
Leanne Longeway is an Art Therapist and a Registered Clinical Counsellor who offers counselling services to Adult Individuals and Teens (ages 14+)