2017 The First Cicada

Tuesday, I was deep in a state of frustration with the way the new garden was shaping up when I heard the first cicada for the year. The 19th of September. I usually post when I hear the first cicada each year and I’ve not posted one in the month of September before.

The reason for my frustration I think is that I have felt pressured with the new garden and trying to get things set up. As my helpers, Mr T and Mrs P dozed under some makeshift shade, I meditated. I decided to shift the plants in containers closer to each other and the vege garden and leave it be for a time. No need to rush, our summer garden has been started. I will post more on this thought process and the pressures later as I think it is important to record it.

We’d done enough digging and planting in setting up the tropical area – which feels right – that I didn’t want to endanger wasting any time if I changed my mind further along. No, much better to relocate our plants and focus on moving ourselves so that I can spend some time just observing and thinking about the shape of the garden to come.

I recall Bill Mollison’s response to the question “How do you know you are doing the right thing?”

To which Bill replied “If resources keep gathering around you – and a lot of them will be people – your doing the right thing.”

After the last couple of days I am confident I have made the right decision to hold off on the garden for a while. Already resources and contacts have started to appear.

In the end it will be better for all concerned. Even the cicadas.


About Petit Paradis

I am on a journey with my family to transition as closely as practicable to a state of self-reliance in suburbia. I practice permaculture principles in our house, garden and community. We are on the southern coast of Western Australia. To our north is the rest of the world. To the south, Antarctica.
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