about this blog

I started this blog in 2008. It started mainly as a way of tracking the evolution of my dry garden, and that led to an interest in photography and in the creatures that live in the garden. It's still about the garden and wildlife, but now my passion is thinking about how we humans can learn to co-exist with wild animals and plants, especially in urban areas.

Friday, 4 July 2008

My garden is part of the world

This ad for Oxfam perfectly expresses my desire to describe my garden and gardening processes while keeping in mind the global political and economic context. This is an uncomfortable and challenging connection, but it cannot be denied or ignored.

I experience deep satisfaction in working/playing in my garden. Is this pure escapism? Hedonism? It's part of the world, so what are its political, social, economic, historical meanings? It is my private space, but it is part of the wider environment, so it must affect and be affected by this context.

This blog is evolving - it is part diary / description of my gardening activities and developments, but also a space for considering meanings and connections.

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