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MEETING AN OLDIE IS NOT SO PAINFUL. LINGER AND GIVE IT A GO
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It's amazing how a space can feel tranquil even though traffic roars on an artierial road only metres over the fence.
That's the experience many customers speak about at my daughter and son-in-law's business, Endless Summer Garden Centre at Tweed Heads on the North Coast of New South Wales in Australia.
Many come to the small garden centre simply to 'chill out' or wander around gathering ideas for their own gardens. A while back a merchant seaman used to come regularly to sit by the centre ponds with their tinkling water features, relaxing after six months at sea.
Lynne and her husband John and staff arrange the garden centre into small 'rooms' which act as a type of demonstration for home gardeners.
These are miniature gardens in their own right, often complete with garden art, plants, paths, pots and other features.
Here Lynne is speaking to a customer about a garden problem, perhaps likely ideas for a design, how to combat a pest or disease, or adjust the pH of her soil.
Lynne and John and their staff also offer home consultations, full computerised tailor made garden designs and landscaping.
A few years ago they won the national industry title for the year in their size category, bringing fame and visitors from all over Australia.
They have always advocated sustainable environmental techniques, encouraging their clients to avoid chemicals as much as possible, and to establish their own productive gardens.
There are many frogs, lizards and other small wild life among the plants.
Here's John giving some TLC to some of his plants.
This demonstration high rise garden bed is extremely popular, always filled with veggies and we often see visitors trying out a bean or a radish as they pass by.
These beds make veggie growing so easy, avoiding back aches for all ages. They are for sale.
Lynne is very artistic and takes great care to source stock that other retailers do not sell in her area.
The centre displays really inspire ...
People come to the garden centre to choose gifts throughout the year. This is one view of the small gift shoppe.
There are always elements of fun in the place. Wander around a corner to an unexpected meeting with this designer garden gnome, called Ben Doone for obvious reasons!
These display bicycles may be stocked with the latest spring flowers ...
The international judge called the garden centre 'an excellent example of how to display a large stock in a small space'. You can see why ...
I very much enjoy visiting this little garden gem myself!
Currumbin Waters, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
I'm past my 70th birthday and undaunted.
So far I can look back on probably a dozen different phases in my life, all producing deeply felt experience:
- A barefoot carefree childhood in an Australian seaside town
- Work as a young journalist in the days of hot metal and male chauvinism
- Dipping my toe into real life in Sydney the big city
- Marriage and precious motherhood
- A second career in corporate public relations management
- Another marriage and disillusion
- Battles for financial justice in the law courts
- Re-jigging a career
- At 60 my first university degree (Creative Writing and Australian History majors)
- Fighting sometimes lost causes
- Sneaky aches and pains of the approach of age
- Living on a pension.
All fodder for writing and a valuable background for the development of what could become one day an incisive point of view.
My blogs may become a way of answering the question: 'What's next?'