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Backyard Serenity: A Moment With Bill Reflection

Updated on October 2, 2013

Getting Away from It All

Where is your safe harbor? Where do you go to escape the rat race of everyday living?

What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter - a soothing, calming influence on the mind, rather like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue.
Henri Matisse

When I was younger I found that “art of balance” in the mountains. There, surrounded by the majesty of towering peaks, I could find my spirituality. There I could lay down among the wildflowers and listen to the wind gently caress the pines and firs, and understand serenity.

Some people dread the advancing years, and in truth the physical changes are not of my liking. Still, a modicum of wisdom accompanies the shadows of late middle age, and with that wisdom comes a sense of peace. Life is not hectic for me today. Life is not troublesome or worrisome, and the frown lines of old have been replaced by the lines of laughter. My face today resembles a granite cliff, slowly eroding with the rains but comfortable in its position in the hierarchy of life.

My oasis, today, can be found thirty feet outside the back door. There I find our garden and there I find our chickens. That peaceful area has grown over the years, and it will continue to do so. I follow the belief that if a little garden provides comfort then by extension a large garden will only increase that comfort.

Will you join me on a tour?

It began with a few herbs
It began with a few herbs | Source

The Ever-expanding Garden Area

It would be a gross over-simplification to say it began with a herb hill. The herbs had been planted first, and they flourished for sure, but the genesis of this garden began during my childhood. Then was my love of growing things born. Countless days watching my parents tend to their garden instilled in me a love of the soil. I come from hardy stock, Iowa farmers who loved their corn fields and left a great part of their heart and souls in that deep, rich Midwest soil when they moved out west.

To the state of Washington they traveled in the last 1940’s, the war behind them and hopes of brighter days ahead of them. One of the first things they did was plant their garden, as though in that simple act they could reconnect with a life they left behind. I remember the joy etched on their faces as they turned the soil of their new home and rejoiced in the new seedlings reaching for the life-giving warmth of the sun.

Our herb hill gave birth to visions of grandeur, and several raised garden beds followed. The turf was dug up and new soil added. Seeds were planted and a new cycle introduced to land that would be bountiful. The vegetables were eaten and what couldn’t be consumed by our family was given to those who did not have access to organic treats. No fertilizers were used, for that would be a rape of a land that deserves better. We watered, we nurtured and in so doing we carried on that tradition that began in the 1800’s in Iowa.

The expanding garden
The expanding garden | Source
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Ever-growing | Source
Community gardens everywhere you look
Community gardens everywhere you look | Source

More Is Better

Well of course it is, because fresh produce never goes to waste. We added more raised beds, and friends came to take the offered excess, and a sense of community was born, again as it had been back in the day.

The compost bin was introduced, that wonderful life-sustaining and enriching marvel that took waste and turned it into a nutrient-filled Disneyland for the garden. Nature is remarkable in its ability to continue the cycle. Life from death….productivity from waste….it always has been and continues to be so wherever a man or woman chooses to become part of the flow of life.

We smiled as our neighbors entered the fray, and soon the smells of fresh earth and the sounds of digging could be heard throughout our neighborhood. Community gardens sprang up where once there were fields of weeds, and today one can travel anywhere in our neighborhood and see the efforts of a small group of people determined to halt the advancement of time and opt for a simpler lifestyle.

Our very clever chicken coop...cost....$45
Our very clever chicken coop...cost....$45 | Source
Our newest members of the family
Our newest members of the family | Source

There Must Be Livestock, Right?

Well of course there must. From scrap lumber we built our chicken coop, for we in Olympia are firm believers in recycling and finding a use for those things deemed unusable. Friends stopped by to look at our flock of nine, and the thought of fresh farm eggs in the morning fills us with happiness. They are our babies and each one has a name. Pita and Regalia are our favorites, and if they turn out to be roosters we will miss them, for they have become a part of our family.

Now we have discovered that pygmy goats are allowed within the city limits, so my eyes have lately roamed to more scrap lumber and can a new goat hut be far off? I think not!

Our chicks, now eight weeks old, are quite happy with their new lives, and well they should be. They are somewhat pampered and coddled, but in a few months they will give back to us tenfold and the cycle will continue.

There is great peace to be found in our garden area. The birds have their own feed station, and every morning is alive with chirping and clucking, and if one listens carefully enough one can also hear the seedlings stretching their muscles and preparing for a new day of growth.

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A Moment With Bill

The look of serenity
The look of serenity | Source

Serenity from Within

Yes, we have found great serenity in our little backyard farm. If you sit there in the evening and listen closely enough, you can hear my grandfather’s footsteps as he walks among the rows of corn and calculates the year’s crop totals. I can still see the lightning bugs flittering about the lawn in Charles City, and when I close my eyes I can smell freshly baked apple pies from my grandma’s kitchen.

Serenity is an inside game. You can take that saying to the bank my friends. I read a quote once that said “serenity is perpetual quietness of heart,” and I believe that to be true. If I have serenity then I have it no matter where I am. I can be fighting traffic in a major city or sitting near my chickens; serenity will always be with me. It comes from a sense of oneness with our surroundings. It comes from a sense of self-worth and it comes from a sense of self-love.

One does not find serenity in the latest product being sold. It is not in new clothing or a larger home, and it certainly is not found in the approval of others. No, serenity is that quiet place within us all, that place where we are never bothered, frightened or angered, that place where all is well in our world because our foundation is sound and able to withstand the vagaries of life.

Do you have serenity? Do you have your own backyard garden deep within you where you can find peace?

If not, may I suggest you tend to the soil? Give it nourishment and keep out the weeds. Once your soil has a solid foundation then it will protect you from random insecticides and garden pests. It will be self-sustaining and each year there will be more bounty.

May all of your future harvests be good ones. May you always reap what you sow and may you always sow healthy seeds. The garden will reward those who know the secrets of the soil. It always has and it always will.

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      The garden of Eden...Looks inviting and I look at our stone filled yard ..and think we should set up some raised beds (soil bad here). How nice to find a peaceful place where you feel calm. I felt calm and peaceful just reading...

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Sounds wonderful Bill. I relax with photographing outdoors and enjoying the beauty. I am thinking of having a few hens after reading Mary's hub. You have cemented that decision I think. Thank you. ^

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Bill, this is a very pleasurable article to read! I'm so glad your little chicks are doing well. I enjoyed reading about your garden and your simple life on the blog you had, so it's nice to hear about it again, and see the photos. I am happy with life right now, but I am looking forward to a day when I can have my own garden!

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts of serenity with us.

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      Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      Oh, Billybuc What an inspiration you are! I was with you all the way on your tour. Daily I try to focus on the Kingdom of God within my body, and that is where true peace comes...wherein one can appreciate going outside one's back door and taking in the wonderment of Life.

      I LOVE your connection with your chickens! Also your photos!

      You are SO correct that serenity in an inside game...comes from a sense of oneness with our surroundings....from a sense of self worth and self love...

      Serenity does exist in our backyard. On my walk this morning our whole neighborhood is full of fragrant pink crabapple trees in bloom, with forsythia in the background...the lilac bushes are almost in bloom. What a wonderful way to start the day.

      Thank you for this encouraging, uplifting and motivational hub. You are a great Hub-Treasure! Blessings, Sparklea :)

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      i can see why serenity would be so easily found in your back yard, Bill-bro!

      i am in awe of gardens, as growing up - i never saw anything planted and don't remember having a plant or flower in the 'home' either..

      when i grew up - i had to work...a LOT...and it never occurred to me to 'garden'. and then - i 'broke'...and had to stop working - and i built a tiny little garden in the corner of my tiny little yard!

      i can't tell you how much pleasure it gives me, Bill - it truly amazes me - and on the second year when stuff actually 'came back'??

      i felt actual pride! Brought everybody over to the teeny little garden and told them to look at what i 'BUILT' (the flower)..lol

      i'd love a chicken too! haha

      have a great day my friend - scrambled eggs for brekky?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, to some it would be a silly thing, but I love our backyard and the peace it brings to me. You can come visit it any old time you feel like it. :)

      Thanks my friend and have a great day.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Bill, I absolutely love this Hub! You embellish your prose with poetry, my friend. I especially am enthralled with the autobiographical snapshot in the second paragraph; I actually hear your voice throughout the personal essay, but especially here. The tribute to your Iowa ancestors, how you connect that with the living garden in your backyard, complete with the innovative chicken coop, and how the literal transitions into the metaphorical in the last three paragraphs--ah, Bill, you're a literary maestro!

      Thank you very much for this morning's gift to your peers and the rest of the world. I'm doing my part of extending this community garden invitation by sharing it. Aloha, my friend, and I'm grateful that I stopped by to pay you a visit this morning.

      Joe

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, the chicken world will be better off because of your decision. :)

      They really are delightful and fun to watch. I hope you do it and enjoy them as much as we do.

      Thank you Jackie!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathryn, thank you for your kind words, but today is about you....congratulations on your Hub of the Day. You are now one ahead of me. :) Good job my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Lea and what a beautiful comment. Our neighborhood is alive with lilacs and wysteria and the smells are unbelievable. I love the deep purple lilacs and we planted one two years ago and it is quite fragrant today.

      You are a kindred spirit, Lea. Bless you.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Leslie, I understand completely. Whoever comes to visit us had better plan on going for a tour through our backyard. Bev is more proud than I am and I'm pretty damn proud. LOL

      I'll make you scrambled eggs any old time you want to visit my friend.

      bill

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh I loved getting to see pictures of your emerging garden and chicken coop, too. I can totally see why this would give you serenity. Wonderful job, but then again I wouldn't expect anything less!! Have voted and shared, as always!! :)

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      Barbara Kay Badder 4 years ago from USA

      My garden has gotten me through many hard times. When I work out there, I forget everything else. I think working the soil runs in your blood. I can't be happy without growing something.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joe, one day I hope you stop by literally and pay a visit.

      Thank you for your kind words. I do get a bit poetic at times, even though I don't consider myself to be a poet. The power of words, my friend. The power of words.

      Have a great walk, buddy, and plan on bringing your wife west of the mountains some weekend to pay a visit to your writing brother. :)

      Aloha,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Barbara, you said it all perfectly. The garden is where I hide and rejuvenate. It is for sure my safe harbor and I love it.

      Thank you for visiting my garden. You are always welcome.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine my friend, you are always welcome in our garden. Come any time and bring the girls....okay, you can even bring your husband. LOL

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      That just may be the most intriguing, award-winning chicken coop ever built, Bill. You have my vote!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for the tour, Billybuc. Now that I'm beginning to garden I appreciate an article like this even more. I also love the serenity factor. Thank you.

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      DJ Anderson 4 years ago

      Bill, what a terrific hub. Your words of wisdom sound far greater than your youthful age.

      You shared great memories. It is amazing how you look for the good and the positive and chose to let those be the memories that bring the greatest joy.

      And, with every positive hub, you teach.

      And, with every positive hub, we learn.

      Your words are opening hearts that have long been closed.

      Thanks you for sharing and helping to make lives better.

      DJ.

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      First of all, you're my favorite. Period. You don't fit into any subcategories (like essayist) because you're the umbrella. So there.

      The chicks are growing quickly! I hope to be settled somewhere soon so that we can raise chickens, too. For years, I've been carrying around a book on raising chickens in your backyard. I can't wait to put it to use.

      I think that taking care of all kinds of plants helps to create serenity. I love taking care of my plants, both inside and outside. It's definitely a soul-soothing practice.

      I'm looking forward to seeing more photos of your garden in the months ahead!

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Love your backyard garden! I hope your chickens are well and producing some eggs for you. May I suggest you get a pot bellied pig? If you zoning allows goats, maybe you would be allowed a pig, too. They make such good pets!

      Did you ever read my Hub on how to make compost in a garbage can? I see you are a composter, too.

      Voted UP and shared.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Wow...this brings back memories!... we didn't have chickens but pigs, sheep, goats, 7 dogs and Molly the old cow, one of the happiest time of my life.

      Bill, you and Bev have got it just right; I wish you the best of luck, enjoy the serenity of a simple life, I really believe this is how we were meant to live.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Metaphorically speaking, a garden grows in my heart. There is nothing to replace a garden for peace and serenity. Of course I use mine to get rid of anger and frustration too, every weed I pull leads me toward a calmer me! I grew up in Queens, but my father had a little garden in our backyard and we had chickens until we found out we weren't zoned for them. The rose garden was a true place of beauty.

      Life is what you make it and using a garden for it's beauty and self-accomplishment has got to be one of the most serene things you can ever do for yourself. Good luck with the chicks (in the backyard) :)

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj, we use whatever we have....in this case, an old pickup truck canopy keeps everything dry during the rains and we can store all the bedding and food under it. If nothing else we are at time clever. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MsDora, best of luck on your garden, and I hope you find the same degree of serenity that I have found in mine.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ,....opening hearts that have long been closed? My words? Wow, my friend, you are putting some pressure on me now. :) That is a beautiful thing for you to say my friend, and I thank you for it. What writer would not be stunned by such a lovely comment?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, thank you for your compliment....I like the description of me being an umbrella....perfect for anyone living here. :)

      I hope you can have a garden soon....hey, since you are thinking of moving, you might as well consider a 3000 mile move, eh? Just a hop and a skip down the road to Olympia.

      We'll leave the light on for you, Lizzy!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I did read your hub...LOL...I did one on composting in a plastic tub. Great minds think alike.

      Yes, we can have potbellied pigs here....sigh....shhh, don't tell Bev or we will be out looking at them tomorrow.

      Thanks for the suggestions, Mary, and thank you for stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, I believe it is too. I don't know what it is like in Bedfordshire....small village or city....I'll have to look it up. I hope you are able to have some sort of garden where you are.

      Thank you as always. You are a joy to me.

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Billy, you take me back to my grandparents' vegetable garden and fruit orchards; to reclining in the cool grass on a sunny day and listening to the wind in the tallest pine trees I ever saw. That's the kind of serenity I feel here in my woods, surrounded by my birds and wildlife.

      I was pleased to see your recycling projects, and the dandelions. They are some of the first nectar sources emerging bees encounter. People who crave stark, manicured, boring green lawns just don't get it!

      I LOVED this hub, Billy. You and I are indeed kindred spirits. Voted way Up++++

      P.S. I'm feeling very serene right now, my friend ;) Pearl

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      Russ Moran 4 years ago from Long Island, New York

      "Serenity is an inside game." I love that phrase Bill. Beautiful hub. I turn 67 in a few weeks, and this hub spoke to me. Russ

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      Mr Archer 4 years ago from Missouri

      Ahhh, working the soil. That is one place I do find a calmness whenever I need it. This Spring has been a challenge though; the waves of cold temps and late frosts have given us a tough "row to hoe". (heh heh)

      But I looked over my little garden last night and smiled. Nearly 60 green bean bushes up about 6" tall; approaching 70 cucumber plants (we love to can pickles); 30 or so potato plants doing nicely; corn, radishes, and 20 odd tomatos with a few jalapenos thrown in so salsa can be made.

      It is a wonderous feeling when one is picking produce, washing it then preparing it for the table. Nothing tastes better, nor gives satisfaction at seeing others enjoying this bounty. I agree with you Bill; find that spot in your garden and enjoy it. It definitely gives back to you immeasurably. In today's world, we need that serenity whenever we can get it. Great job, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, you had me laughing about the weeds, I get rid of a great amount of frustration and aggression when I am weeding. Mass destruction and nobody gets hurt. :)

      Thanks once again my friend. The chickens are happy today and so am I.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pearl, I am very close to ripping up the front lawn and planting wildflowers there....who needs a lawn? What good are they? I want more bees and flowers. :)

      Thanks my dear friend. Enjoy the serenity of your wooded sanctuary.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Russ, happy pre-birthday my friend, and may you find the serenity that you deserve.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, it sounds like your garden is doing quite well. You are ahead of us if your green beans are already six inches tall....ours are about two inches now but looking healthy. Our lettuce isn't growing as fast I expect it to, so I need to figure out what is wrong with that.

      Have a great day buddy, and thank you so much for your friendship.

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      Victor W. Kwok 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Awesome hub and nice ideas about gardening.

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      mjkearn 4 years ago

      Hi Sir Bill

      So you want me to break up the workshop floor so that I can raise flowerbeds in which I won't put flowers.

      Man why so confusing?

      You know that I need simple directions, simple instructions and another thing.

      What is soil?

      You can't just assume that everyone knows what you are talking about. Where's the embedded link, my direction to Wikimedia where I get all my knowledge.

      Ok so I don't get all my knowledge from Wikimedia, some of it comes from Suzie's girly mags but that's strictly between us.

      Now I know where the back of my kit car went and it cost a lot more than $45 dollars and worse still you're keeping chicky's in it.

      What do chicky's know about driving?

      Have you taken your meds today? Are you sure you have?

      Suzie just called and told me to stop winding you up and that I should take notes as this is what I'll be doing in Italy.

      Why do the women make the rules?

      Another great piece and BTW I'll take a box of whatever is going spare. Also if a chicky escapes, I'm all over it and it won't be coming home, LOL.

      MJ.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      You're thinking about goats now? Won't they eat your veggies and herbs?

      Sorry, I got off track. My solitute is found in my yard and all the trees that surround my home. This morning as I was having my coffee, I saw a red-headed woodpecker across the street from me. I've seen him before. (we actually have many but this guy's huge). He's about 8-12 inches tall and has a beautiful red mohawk on his head. Anyway, he was making this noise and just kept going on and on. I watched him for quite a while. He never did peck the tree, he just kept on screeching. It was so revelationary because I was now able to identify the sound I so often hear. They have quite a unique call.

      That's how I started my day: marveling at the wildlife found right outside my front door!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Hahaha, if there was a "like" or "funny" button for comments, I would have pressed it for MJ's comment. He sure is entertaining.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi again Bill, I should have explained, my idyllic small holding was in the Grenadines; a small Island where my family originated from.

      I returned there with my husband a few years ago, and we stayed for 4 years. I'm hoping to write about it some day so I don't want to give too much away.

      I grew up in Bedfordshire but moved to London to study, and moved back two years ago. You can find out a little about Bedfordshire through this link: www.picturesofengland.com/bedfordshire; there are also images to give you a feel of the place, not as impressive as Olympia, but yes, I do have a beautiful garden, there are photos of my garden in my hub 'A song for Megan'. Phew...I think that's enough about me :).

      Take care now.

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      Jayme Kinsey 4 years ago from Oklahoma

      Another fabulous hub, and one that I can closely relate to. I come from generations upon generations of southern farmers-from those toiling to make cotton crops on top of the rocky Ouachitas, to those farming rich corn and cotton plantations in the Mississippi Delta. Although I have never (and probably never will) enjoy vegetable gardening, I do enjoy growing flowers and herbs. That probably comes from the fact that all those generations HAD to grow food and cash crops to survive, so flowers and ornamentals were considered a luxury and the secrets of superb flower beds were handed down from woman to woman. We are also notorious chicken-lovers and keepers of bees...I am hoping to expand my yard to include both soon.

      I absolutely love your chicken coop. That is the ultimate in chicken luxury...they even have skylights!

      Really enjoyed reading this!

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      Dancing Water 4 years ago

      Your writing here gives me a peaceful feeling. Your love of nature and the land is rendered beautifully in this hub. Thank you, dear Bill, for the reminder of where peace lies, and how precious and wondrous Nature is.

      Beautifully written, by the way!

      Blessings always,

      Reba

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Here I sat at my office desk with three computers screaming for my attention and stakeholders needing to be nurtured and cajoled. I needed a break so I dug out a tasty little morsel I had been saving until just the right time and need for nourishment came around. I was hungry and needed it badly.

      So I went into my email and found it waiting there for me ----- Billybuc's latest hub. Within ten seconds of reading I could feel the nutrients flowing through my body and by the end I was again satiated and rejuvenated. Thank you for opening the gate of your wonderful garden.

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      Heidi Thorne 4 years ago from Chicago Area

      Last year we did a major backyard overhaul and changed the patio to pavers which created a nice quiet backyard area to hang out in. I'm still jealous of my master gardener friends' showcases. But I think you have to create a place that's comfortable for you, whatever that means. Have fun in your backyard paradise!

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 4 years ago

      This is such a great article. I really enjoy your descriptive writing and the easy way you get your point across. It is surreal to read your work. My husband likes to garden and plant vegetables and fruit. My serenity comes through when I write, meditate and read. Lately, I have been praying for wisdom and to find courage to change some things. I voted this Up ++ Shared * tweeted. You are awesome! :)

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      whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

      Nice work, my friend and inviting to all who read. Thank you for this wonderful hub, and it is well received. whonu

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you vkwok. I appreciate you stopping by again.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MJ my friend, you are missing your calling with those kit car articles. You should just bite the bullet and start doing comedy hubs. The best laugh I have all day is from reading your comments.

      Yes, buddy, you had better start taking notes about gardening. Suzie rules the roost there and don't even try to deny it. I can steer you towards some great deals on cute little pink gardening gloves that will accentuate your grease-stained coveralls nicely. :)

      Thanks for the belly laugh my friend. You never disappoint.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Sha!

      About the goats: our backyard is divided into the dog section and the garden section. No way a goat gets to the garden, or a dog for that matter. I won't even allow kids near it. LOL

      We have a brown woodpecker that loves our bird feeding station. He certainly isn't pretty like the one you describe but it's still a thrill to see him stop by for some chow.

      Thanks my dear and I hope your day has been productive.

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathryn, he is definitely a funny man. If you saw his hubs on cars you would never know the man has a sense of humor. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for clarifying, Jo! I looked Befordshire up on the internet and saw some pictures. I'll check out your garden later today after I take care of my required writings. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sharkye, nothing but the best for our chickens. LOL Actually, the canopy was Bev's idea so we could keep the feed and hay someplace dry...rather clever I think. :)

      I appreciate you stopping by my friend. We don't see enough of each other. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Reba! I do love nature and I'm at peace when I allow it to surround me. I sense you are the same. :)

      blessings always my friend,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric , I'm glad I didn't let you down. Sounds like you needed a peaceful, easy feeling, and I'm glad I could help you out. :) Thanks for the visit buddy.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi, I completely agree. The place has to be comfortable for you....I think in my cases the garden is a reflection of the person tending it. Ours is all about comfort and practicality and it works for us.

      Thank you for yet another visit. I appreciate it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, you made me blush. Thank you so much. I don't know where my writer's voice comes from but I am very happy that it is so well-received. In my case, I really do write like I talk. I want people to feel like we are having a conversation over coffee. Thank you for validating it in such a lovely manner.

      Best of luck as you pray for wisdom and courage.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for visiting our garden, whonu! You are always welcome here.

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      Annie Miller 4 years ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

      Oh, oh, oh ... I love this Hub, Bill!

      My favorite place of solace is also our backyard. We have plants that attract all kinds of birds and butterflies and I love our visiting squirrels. We keep a vegetable and herb garden - although we're at the mercy of Mother Nature and Texas drought, so there's no telling what we'll end up with.

      I would love to hear more about your chickens as lately, we have been discussing purchasing a few ... and I so envy the idea that you can have goats! I'd be a happy camper if I could live on a farm surrounded by animals!

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      You have everything you need right there in that backyard of yours. No wonder it's your oasis. Great job Bill. My sister has 12 chickens and they each have a name also. Well done.

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      mr-veg 4 years ago from Colorado United States

      I love Gardens and keep doing something productive for hours in there, still remember my childhood when I planted many produce as well as flowers of all different kinds... now life's too busy and space expnesive to get out and do such things... thanks for the nice recap Bill !!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Annie, that's our dream for two years from now....a few acres and animals of all kinds. Gives us something to shoot for and as long as there is hope......

      Thanks my friend. Have a great Texas evening.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, I am a lucky man for sure. Thank you my friend. You are appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mr. veg....it's too bad that you can't practice what you love so much. Maybe some day my friend.

      Thank you for the visit.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Hi Billy

      I commented and it did not 'take.' So here I am again. Truly the soil is good for the soul. Growing up on a small farm with chickens, geese, goats, and a huge garden vegetables and flower beds every where, my baptism in soil and love of nature began from birth it seems.

      Thank you for sharing your place of serenity (sanity :) with us.

      Angels are on the way :) ps

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, it is a joy that many never experience and I find that sad. We have farming DNA, and I think some instinct in us allows us to find peace when we are doing what our ancestors did so very long ago. I love the soil and I love being a part of the cycle of life....as we all should be.

      blessings and a hug for you

      bill

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      There is just something about digging in the earth that brings about that connection to something bigger than myself! I find great serenity when I sit on my front porch since we've moved to a small town and looking at the rolling pasture of green is nice. I love gardens too, well, flowers. We all should stop and look around and enjoy the beautiful that is around us each day.

      Thanks for sharing about your garden of serenity.

      Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Now I'll say! You've done a fab job with the gardening, Bill. And the little garden does bring peace of mind. Now, I will have to do something about my plants!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      In our little corner of the world there is quiet and serenity but your corner of the world simply looks delightful. I sure agree if you can get those goats. You and Bev have sure got serenity. Passing this on.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      So you've cultivated your own Garden of Eden? How envious am I?

      I love how all this came together. One brick on top of the other until next thing you know...it's Paradise. The chickens are adorable. You're getting goats!!! I want to see the goats!!! Are you getting kids or a pregnant nanny? You have to tell us about them. OK, you don't 'have to', but I hope you will.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Aah my yard. It has been 2 years since I visited my old friend.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      What is that man o mine like?? Couldn't reply straight after him so although I read I had to put some distance in here!! lol

      What a great hub that hit many chords here. My serenity has always been water, the ocean, a lake . . . . . I love to wander a beach or sit and listen to the simple sounds and smell the oceans natural scents. A typical water sign me. Your coop looks the business for Regalia and the crew in your little oasis that is your garden. Love the roof and MJ should be well worried now! LOL I see roof ideas with his "bits and pieces" and will be calling on your building skills when you visit us in Italy!!! So jealous of all your organic veggies and herbs they are on my list too with my lavender and fruit trees, god I will be busy!!

      Thanks Bill for your great grounding in simple living and appreciation of nature. Always your no.1 fan.

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      Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

      Beautiful, just beautiful. Much of my time is spent tending the soil these days and I so agree that it brings peace and balance to life. Your garden looks wonderful and I loved the recycled wood chicken coops. Can't wait to see pictures of your future pygmy goats. Blessings on your day Bill.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, I would love to see that view from your front porch. That would be a wonderful sight for sure.

      Thank you as always and I hope you have a wonderful day.

      love and blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Yes, Michelle, your plants are calling out to you. :) Go tend to them and make them happy.

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Gypsy....the jury is still out on the goats. Not sure how much more time we have to invest to another "family member." LOL We'll see.

      Thank you, Rasma!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoenix, if you we do get goats there will be no pregnant nanny. LOL Last thing I need is to be a nurse mothers for a goat. :)

      If we get them you can be sure you will hear about it.

      Thanks as always my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martin, you can always visit it in your mind. :) Thanks for stopping by my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzie, what? you are afraid of guilt by association with MJ? LOL That man is just too funny. Put him to work. He has way too much spare time on his hands as proven by his lengthy missives to me.

      I look forward to the day you move to Italy and you can have those things that you want and deserve. It is a wonderful dream to hold on to. :)

      Thank you Suzie. You bring a smile to my face.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Thunder! I love that you tend the soil often....it shows in your personality and caring nature here on HP. I believe all things are connected, and all of our actions are a direct result of the type of person we are.

      Blessings to you my friend.

      bill

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I spent the entire day working in my yard yesterday. I planted flower seeds, cleaned out my sheds, washed my windows and just sat back and enjoyed the day. Serenity is a beautiful feeling...Thank you...

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good for you, Ruby! I love the sound of your day. I wrote for ten hours and the first thing I did when I was done writing was go sit in the garden. :)

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Awesome hub as always! Having lived on a poultry farm, most of my life, I have always had a garden and a serenity that one can't find anywhere else.

      Of course there is nothing like a serenity within oneself which gives peace irrespective of where one is physically.

      Voted up, my friend and have a great rest of the week.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Oh my dear friend ;I was so glad to be back after my two week break ;which was two weeks too long ; but after reading this gem of yours I know that I am truly home.

      I also (as you know) have my haven (although chickens ,dogs,cats and goats are missing at the moment);and its not just a haven where we plant seeds and then forget them as we go about our daily tasks !!Oh no it is a haven that is absorbed into our whole being.

      A haven deep in my heart and soul ; a haven that no one can take away!!I love seeing the pics of your raised beds and those wonderful chickens ;your babies ;you are right to be proud!!

      I love your words " Yes, we have found great serenity in our little backyard farm. If you sit there in the evening and listen closely enough, you can hear my grandfather’s footsteps as he walks among the rows of corn and calculates the year’s crop totals."

      Oh yes when I sit back absorbing the serenity I can also hear my Mamgu(grandmother) going about her garden;tending her fruit and veg;walking with pride through her orchard with fruit tree branches bent with the weight of their harvest!!

      This hub has reinforced the serenity that is always in my heart and I thank you for that and I now know for sure that when I return to work I shall continue juggling all with HubPages because I have something here that I cannot find anywhere else.

      Thank you Billy for being my very dear friend.

      Lots of love to you and Bev from my precious little corner of Wales.

      Eddy.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Well, Bill, you actually can, as I had written a poem with that same name! LOL The photo was taken a year ago in early spring, so the trees and flowers are not fully in bloom. I would love for you to come and sit with me on my front porch and see the beautiful redheaded woodpecker pecking away at the tree right in front of us, see the black Angus cows across the country road in the rolling green pasture!

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rajan. You are a good man and yes, a good friend to me, and I value that friendship.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, it's so nice to have you back, and among all of my friends here at HP, I knew you would understand this hub most of all. I thought of you when I was writing it...you and your garden and your memories and dedications....yes my dear, we have serenity right here in our own yard. :)

      Thank you for your friendship my dear. It means a great deal to me.

      love from Oly

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, one of these days Bev and I will make it down south, and then we can share that lovely view with you. :)

      blessings always

      bill

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I loved reading this and seeing your photos. I also grew up with a grandfather who tended a huge garden and my mother and grandmother preserved the food from it. I did that when we had a half acre of land in Wisconsin the 4 years my hubby and I lived up there. I now have a small garden in our backyard which just increased in size because our beautiful redbud tree died and finally had to be cut down. The good news from that is that I gained more sunlight...so now have more space to plant and already have done so. More tomatoes, peppers, yellow squash and Swiss chard are now planted and looking good. In other areas I have loads of herbs, some eggplants and vegetable plants intermingled with flowers and shrubs. We don't have chickens but certainly have an active community of birds who frequent our birdhouse and birdbath. Ah yes...serenity in the backyard. All kinds of up votes on this hub! You have me smiling. Thanks!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Peggy, you had me smiling with your description of your backyard. I love it. My only regret is that I don't have more land to work with, but maybe some day that will happen.

      Thanks for stopping by. I really appreciate it.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Ah, yes, the beauty of the land, and the harvest from the seeds. That is truly the way it should be. I will plant next year, as I should have wonderful soil that I may out of this hard and trashy Oklahoma soil. I will raise a tomato or two, peppers, and sunflowers for the birds...

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      Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

      So glad you have found your place of serenity, internally and externally, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      So am I, Crystal, because I was a mess earlier. :) Thanks for visiting me.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I hope you do plant next year. Tomatoes and peppers sound like a great start to a garden.....

      Thanks for the visit my friend.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A great place to find peace and tranquility for you. Most interesting and natural

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Billy,

      Ahhh! This was a much needed read and couldn've have had better timing! I've been counting down the days to come out of hibernation and I just planted my garden this week. There is something to be said about those moments in our own yard, watching dirt magically turn a seed to life and bear us the fruits of our labor. I'm a heck of a vegetable planter, but I need to hone my herb skills, I will look to you for inspiration... I don' t know which to plant and how to use them after they grow... up until know, I shake my herbs out of plastic containers :-)

      I'm also looking to utilize a compost pile/bin of some sorts, but I really don't know the rules about that one either, again... I will have to look to you for inspiration and guidance :D

      Lovely Hub Billy!

      Cat

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      Ruchi Urvashi 4 years ago from Singapore

      Truly, serenity is an inside game. During my teenage days, I used to depend on situation to feel happy and peaceful. Now, I am internally dependent. I create peace and happiness inside, no matter what happens outside. I let go of the control and let the life unfold. Life is truly easier to live and with contentment and serenity.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE...it is my place of serenity and I love it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Cat. The compost bin is pretty simple really. I wrote a hub about making them out of plastic tubs...if you have the time take a look. :) As for herbs, they really are very easy to grow and the are very forgiving of the gardener. Rosemary grows like a week, as do chives. Pick them up at a garden shop, plant them and then get out of their way. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruchi, I think many of us, when we are young, depend on outside influences for serenity. Isn't it lovely to have it inside of us when we need it?

      Thank you for visiting me

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      "Serenity is an inside game." - I know that with every fiber of my being, Bill. I've had the garden. I've had the mountains in Old Mexico in the distance all my life. I've had the Lake O' the Pines. So many physical respites, which, today, are inside me.

      Serenity is my adornment,

      The gift of years.

      I envy not that blank

      Of youth's innocence, outgrown.

      I am become a woman

      Painfully,

      And there’s no debt

      Against it.

      The calm water shows

      No wear and tear

      From its past storms,

      Nor I, from storms

      I've known.

      _____© Nellieanna H. Hay

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nellieanna, thank you for that beautiful poem, which perfectly reflects what I was trying to say in my hub. Simply beautiful my friend.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Billy,

      Awesome, thanks for the tips! I was thinking/hoping you might've wrote about gardening somewhere else. I'll definitely be checking out the compost hub... and as far as herbs... getting out of the way? That works for me! :-)

      Thanks again!

      Cat

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cat, I love any plant that is virtually indestructible and Billy proof. LOL

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      Kathi 4 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Hi Billy, you give me hope for the simple life. I'm working on it by doing what I love to do . . . writing and my photography and now that the weather is warmer I'm outside tending to my beautiful landscape of flowering bushes and perrenials. Yes, I am on the edge of losing my home, but am letting go of control and trusting in the universe! My husband passed away three years ago and so it's been a struggle. I feel his presence and know he's looking out for me.

      Your writing is superb and message is beautiful! Hugs and blessings, Kathi

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathi, I am truly sorry for your loss, and the struggles you must live with. I love that you are letting go....the struggles will lead to new opportunities. I believe that firmly, and I know you have the heart to weather all storms. Thank you for sharing that personal story.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Me too Billy! Though I have to admit... my imperfect gardening skills have yet to disappoint me as things just continue to grow from my humble little garden! Herbs will be my challenge this year!

      Cat

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cat, start with rosemary. It won't let you down. :)

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Will do Captain! :-)

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Bill, I want to come dig in the dirt with you and Bev and collect those warm, fresh eggs from your chickens. You are creating a special piece of joy on that land and I am so inspired and happy for you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kindred, you are always welcome. We'll leave the light on for you. :) Thanks as always and a hug and love coming your way.

      bill

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Ditto my friend.

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi Bill,

      “serenity is perpetual quietness of heart,” Amen!

      I live in a condo but I can imagine the satisfaction of growing one's own food and to be able to share the extra with others would be even more satisfying.

      Have a wonderful week Bill. :)

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      Sue

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sue! It's always nice having you stop by. I appreciate you very much.

      Have a great week as well my friend.

      bill

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      QUOTE: " Life is not troublesome or worrisome, and the frown lines of old have been replaced by the lines of laughter. "

      Billybuc, you are giving Woody Allen a run for his money with your one-liners! If I had written something like this, I would probably say: "Life is not troublesome or worrisome, and the frown lines of old have practically disappeared", LOL.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...Walter, I thank you my new friend. I can live with being compared to Woody Allen. :)

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Billybuc, you are welcome. He's a cynic, while you're an optimist. And that's the big difference.

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      Richard Bivins 4 years ago from Charleston, SC

      This hub really helped me understand something I couldn't figure out about my sister. You see, until just a few years ago, I lived in a very rural area just NW of Charleston SC. My sister and her family and I shared 10 acres where we built a couple homes. The land was mostly wooded but we cleared about 3 acres. I was content watching the native wild animals come and graze but my sister wasn't. She slowly built up her collection of livestock starting with a dozen chickens, then a couple goats, a donkey, and a 20 y/o horse, not to mention her dog, 5 cats, and an African Parrot.

      I have to admit, I enjoyed it to an extent but I'm a city boy, born and raised in Chicago. I enjoyed working my 20' x 10' garden where I grew tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and some strawberries... My sisters animals enjoyed it more than me.

      3 years ago, I moved back here to Chicago and I have to say that I feel more calm here than I did alone in the country. I sit in the backyard, which is only 30' x 40', listening to the constant hum of traffic, and the echos of sirens, and I feel thankful for being back in my 'element.'

      Am I weird for feeling this is my serenity?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Yes it is, Walter, and I will forever be an optimist. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      livewithrichard....what a great reflection and comment. Are you weird? Not at all. We find serenity wherever we find serenity. I think it is different for each of us my friend. There are millions in Los Angeles and New York who feel exactly as you do....I don't find it odd at all....it just isn't me. :)

      Thank you for sharing that....loved it!

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      @livewithrichard - I thought I was the only odd one. I grew up in NYC and moved to the UK when I was 28. I'm 52 now and I still can't quite adjust to country living. When I walk around this very safe village I always feel a twinge of anxiety. But take me to London and I can feel myself changing back to a city girl. The anxiety melts away, I walk more quickly, my brain cells fire more rapidly and I even speak differently. In short, I'm home again. Funny that.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoenix, that is very interesting, but I have known others who echo that so I no longer find it strange. :)

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Just wonderful! I love the story of your garden and your inspiration of serenity. Thank you for sharing some of your homegrown peace. :-) ~Lurana

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Lurana! Some day soon you will have your own garden again.

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Hi Bill, "Serenity is that quiet place within us all, that place where we are never bothered, frightened or angered, that place where all is well in our world because our foundation is sound and able to withstand the vagaries of life." I found this statement very meaningful. I agree that sitting outside in your own backyard especially on a warm sunny day and or gardening is like medicine for the soul. It provides a sense of calmness and peace and even helps lift your mood. I'm glad that you've found serenity in your little backyard farm. You make good points in this hub. I enjoyed the video as well. Have a great week and don't work too hard:) voted up+++ Doc

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Thank you, Bill. :-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Lurana. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Doc, in truth I find serenity wherever I go. When I forget about the important things in life is when I briefly lose serenity, but those times are few and far between.

      Thank you my friend and I will try not to work too hard. I hope your week is great as well.

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      Deonne Anderson 4 years ago from Florence, SC

      Thank you for the tour of your back yard. Your hub reminded me of visits to my grand mother's home when I was a young child. She had flower beds, a vegetable garden, and chickens. I was terrified of the chicks when they were first born and was afraid to touch or pick them up. I have a huge back yard but because of my fear of earthworms and all worms, I am unable to have a garden. Yes! I've got issues! I think I'll have my lawn man put in a small garden for me. I'll pass on the chickens though. Great hub and sharing.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lady, I am of the belief that we all have our issues....worms is just another example of that....thank you for visiting and for sharing....you are appreciated.

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Worms? Yummy, yummy... worms look like noodles, and taste like noodles.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Walter, I don't think you are helping. LOL

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Billybuc, I am helping Ladydeonne to get rid of her psychological fear of worms. I hope I don't overdo it and makes her treat those worms as noodles, though.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...keep doing what you are doing, Walter...you are entertaining my friend.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      I must confess I have worm issues too. I think they're yucky, number one. And number two, I'm afraid I might injure or kill them if I go digging around. That's why I prefer using containers.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoenix, you and Bev would get along greatly....she has never seen a worm she didn't worry about....she talks to them while we are gardening. LOL

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Oh, bless her. That is adorable.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I agree, Phoenix, it is adorable. :) Thank you!

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