For the past couple of weeks we stayed with friends in Cochabamba (Bolivia), who have a beautiful garden. Gardening is something I miss in our life on the road and I loved getting my hands in that soil again.
Most of all, I have always appreciated vegetable gardens. I used to have my own and took great pleasure in harvesting my vegetables, fruits and herbs.
One of the things I did in Cochabamba was trimming down an overgrown mint bush. The leaves had dried, the plant could hardly breathe among the just as tall grass, and ivy and rose were in the way as well. I hoped the bush would survive my thorough trimming.
Within days the bush came to live again with young, soft-green sprouts all over the place. Fantastic to watch. I could almost see them growing. From then on I daily cherished a cup of fresh mint tea.
(Here’s another simple joy: Mountain tea, in the Philippines)
Such a simple but profound joy in life.