Today I heard from the doctor that I have the dubious distinction of officially being the first Landscape Designer in Northern California to have come down with the Swine Flu -and I survived! True, I spent 4 miserable days in bed with a high fever, the achiest muscles I’ve ever experienced and a deep, wicked cough. But, in and out of my fever, I had PLENTY of time to lay there in my comfy bed which looks out onto my garden and think. Well…not really think, but to LISTEN. I had such a bad headache, I couldn’t really keep my eyes open, so I just layed there and listened to the noises around me.
It slowly dawned on me how beautiful my garden really sounded, despite my situation. It was so pleasant to listen to all the birds feeding on the bird-feeders, and the canaries singing in their aviary. We had a slight breeze blowing, causing the wind-chimes to create their music. My husband turned on one of my smaller fountains so I could hear it in the distance, too. And my neighbors, along with their 2-week old baby, were in their backyard so I could hear it’s sweet, tiny cries off and on. All in all, it was really quite peaceful.
And then I remembered two videos which I made last Winter, talking about 1) Ways to attract wild birds to your garden, and 2) The different sounds of wind chimes. Perfect timing, huh? I must’ve made them for this exact moment! Funny how life happens, isn’t it?
My advice? Swine flu is coming! Better prepare now, and get your garden’s sounds in order…..