Sorry about the delay in getting an updated blog prepared. Number 3 Lorikeet Lane (a relocatable home I have purchased and doing up) has been a drain on time and energy, but now ready for occupation. I hope to sell my own and move across to it sometime later in the year.
I’ve completed two articles on Number 3 and its gardens. Of interest is the technique I used in laying out a design theme for the garden. I call it ‘’Gardening on the Curve’’ and basically ensuring whatever was introduced was fitting into a curved pattern of arrangement. No straight lines and set out to stimulate Chi but still encourage its presence (Chi likes to meander and not be rushed). There are some photos accompanying the articles to explain something of curves.
The garden is in its Yang phase at present (as are some bare and new constructed gardens), still disjointed and unsettled, but Yin has been shown through the entry, likes what it sees and is taking residence. Yin will quickly influence and convert the garden into something of its naturalness (Wood, Water and Earth elements) expressed in the green and meandering curve of lawns and garden beds taking hold, giving me the opportunity later on to introduce some Yang elements such as figurines or such, an urn and statue of a Buddha image carefully sited somewhere to show off the garden’s peacefulness and harmony. These will stimulate the Chi and enhance the gardens overall appearance. I’ll wait until I return from another trip away before introducing these elements.
Suggesting I leave for the three ‘’B’s’’ of Borneo, Burma (Myanmar) and Bali on October 15th for five weeks. My journey is to find and connect with places and hopefully become entranced in the imagery of a place to put pen to paper and write about the ‘’Spirits of a Place’’. This will form another publication and it’s going to be a beauty and in part exploring the role of Chi in our surroundings and influences of Yin and Yang. I believe all things have a spirit and it’s their collective energy which makes up the spirit of a place. As to how they fit I’m not too sure but the site and their spirits will let me know. I’ll be treading new ground with some ideas, so in time it will be out there for others to read and I hope enjoy.
The publication ‘’Sustainable Feng Shui Gardening’’ has reached a final draft form and over the next week or two I’ll arrange with Jannette Tibbs to install photos and a number of diagrams to illustrate some of the ideas. It turned out to be a beauty and broke new ground and ideas for recognising and practicing sustainability. Feng Shui enthusiasts already understand the influence Chi flow and Yin and Yang balance have on sustainability so I’m testing it with other approaches in the garden. I’ve split the book into four garden approaches (Feng Shui, Energy, Natural and Personal) and each has an important role to play in sustainability. I hope a publisher finds and makes something out of it so it’s not lost out there in the void of the internet.
‘’Fingers of Energy’’ and ‘’Me, Chi and Harmony’’ are likely to be added to the website while I’m away and hopefully these two broaden the scope of the website and offer something deeper in the way I see things.
I’ll run an update to my blog when I’m away as much as possible. I don’t have a laptop or one of those fancy phones which can connect anyone to anyone and have to rely like many backpackers on an internet cafe. Doing emails in Myanmar maybe difficult because the elections are underway and the Government becomes sensitive to what is potential expressed. To myself I keep away from that stuff and concentrate on the marvels of Burma’s lost cities and the mighty Irrawaddy River.
Finally, in early 2011, I’m going to prepare 2/3 DVD’s on Harmonious Chi Gardening to explain the text more openly and introduce some new ideas and techniques in gardening for enhanced and sustained Chi flow, harmony still treasured and waiting there for us to meet with it and that of nature. If you know of anyone who lives in the SE Queensland or Northern New South Wales and is good at working a video recorder, let me know.