幾天前,站在洗碗槽前,手裡沒閑著,眼光習慣性不時往窗外的花園飄。。。飄呀飄,主婦當久了,真是隨時隨地都能作夢。而事實上,眼前所見的這一切,身心靈所實際感知的這一切,也確如夢一般,讓我至今仍不敢相信自己的好運。

Being a homemaker, in the traditional sense, usually means you put everyone else’s needs before your own. You just wait around. If you’re very capable or maybe simply lucky, you get to enjoy a bit of ME TIME somewhere in between the day. If you’re like me, who moves like a heavily pregnant snail, ME TIME is just some luxury you can’t afford.

But still, you need to strike a balance before the chaos swallows you in. For me, the best way is to daydream. Daydreaming can be conducted at any time of the day which is convenient for people like us who’re usually physically stuck somewhere. And it does lift your mood and make the chores seem more enjoyable.

Few days ago, while I was working by the kitchen sink as well as daydreaming (as usual!), some unusual sight in the garden caught my eyes.

突然間,欸?花園深處,出現了不尋常的影像~~~

花朵的實際尺寸差不多我的手掌張開那麼大!The actual size of the flowers is about that of my open palm.

開了後門,施展草上飛前去探查軍情,才發現,原來我的花園裡臥虎藏龍!那麼一大嘟嚕的花,什麼時候開的都不曉得,還虧我沒事就往花園勤快地曬衣服曬棉被 =P

I couldn’t believe it! These gigantic flowers seemed to have come out from nowhere overnight! How did that happen?! Like crouching tiger and hidden dragons? Why didn’t I notice their existence while actually working diligently on sunning (or rather, airing?) laundry in the garden almost every other day?

看著那麼一嘟嚕一嘟嚕的鮮豔色彩隨風搖曳,整個人似乎也跟著神清氣爽起來。

The sight of the plumpy balloon-like flowers was such a treat which really made my day. 

園藝裝飾品都是前房客留下的。The ornaments in the garden are all (kindly!) left by the ex-tenant.

現在正是花朵怒放的季節。The (crazily!) blooming season.

喀嚓完畢,回過頭,施施然往屋內踅步而去。卻想不到,花園裡臥的虎藏的龍不只那個角落。。。連石板縫和牆腳都有麼美美的小花出來冒泡!奇怪?我平常都在幹什麼?眼睛真是糊到蛤仔肉嗎?

And as I was slowly walking back towards the house, more marvels of Mother Nature unfolded. I started to suspect that something might be wrong with my eyes… How can I not notice them?!

不禁好奇,當初,種子是怎麼來到這兒的?是不是也跟我們一樣,因緣際會在此落腳了?好妙的緣分!Can’t help wondering how the seeds came root here in the first place. Was it fate or destiny? Or just purely by chance?

風大被吹到這兒的嗎?Did it come here because of the strong English wind?

其實,剛看上這個屋子的時候,心裡就有點緊張,因為租約上說,房客得負責照顧花園,而我偏偏是個園藝白癡。緊張歸緊張,老娘歷經這些年來的風風雨雨還能如此安然存活著,除了對 上帝的信念,阿Q精神也很管用,反正兵來將擋水來土掩,慢慢從經驗中學習,真行不通再看著辦。

Frankly, I was then quite nervous about the decision of renting the house because it means I’d have to take care of the garden as well. The truth is, I am a total idiot when it comes to gardening. However, I know God will never give me any task that I’m unable to handle. What’s more, I believe the best lessons in life are learnt through errors of the past and the errors of the past are the wisdom of the future. Well, though I do skip the wisdom part from time to time…

不過,很顯然,我對於園藝的無知程度,著實折磨我那些綠拇指鄰居。例如老約翰,他幾乎天天都泡在他的花園裡,三兩天就推著除草機幫草地美容,看得我十分汗顏,因為自從搬進來後,我還沒有動過花園裡的任何東西,徹底地放牛吃草。那一天,去丟廚餘的時候,正好和老約翰打照面(我們之間的籬笆很矮),看到他把樹枝枯葉一一丟進 brown bin,我說你好勤勞喔!真是令我很無顏以對自己的花園~他笑笑地說,我一直要問你說!我可以幫你除草啊!。。。

It was very obvious that my ignorance of gardening indeed tortured my green-thumbed neighbours who spend most of their time in the gardens working wonders. One day, after I complimented John on his beautifully trimmed lawn which really put my mine  in shame, he beamed at me, “I can do it for you! I meant to ask you actually…”

吼!怎麼這麼好運呢?!真是感謝老約翰!!感謝 上帝!!

Wow! How lucky I am! Thank you, John!! Thank you, God!!

這是將近一個月之前的照片了。老約翰說,割過草後,就不怕床單碰到地啦~原來都被他看到了。。。Taken around 3 weeks ago. Beam was testing our newly-bought clothes line prop.

這是前門。搬來的時候光禿禿的,還想說等安頓好了以後,或許買幾盆鮮豔的花點綴一下,原來只是時候未到,真的是超級植物盲。。。窗戶上貼著的是"Save Our Library",反對地方政府企圖關閉公立圖書館以節省經費的提案。When we first moved in, this patch at our front door looked so dull without any colours. Now I know it just wasn’t the blooming time yet. The small sign on the window reads “Save Our Library”, opposing the County Council’s proposed closure of public libraries.

我很喜歡這種紫藍色的小花,好像帶著螢光的感覺。One of my favourite colours. If you take a closer look, it seems to be fluorescent.

只是請她小人家當風景幫忙增添一點可看性,非想出這麼個瑪琍歐姿勢不可。Super Mario!!!

再從另一邊跳回去!欸?你的香菇呢?Where’s your mashroom, Mario??!!

六天之後,終於肯好好站著拍一張了。6 days later, Super Mario finally agreed to pose for me “properly”.

現在,前門這一片花草已經發展成迷你叢林了,有點傷腦筋。。。

This mass of bloom at our front door has become a mini jungle and I’m still trying to figure out what to do with it…