And we settle into the dark days of winter… Well, I guess they’re not really, but with the sun going down earlier and coming up later, it feels like being in London all over again. We are blessed in Johannesburg with having mild winters mostly. Yes, the sun may be watery and white, annihilating the colours of the landscape with its nuclear blast clarity, but it’s certainly better than wet and blustery and cold. Never again could I live through a London or Dublin winter in all honesty… Now someone just needs to come up with giant air-cleaning apparatus to get rid of the smog and we’d have a fabulous city all over again!
Happily, in many ways, our huge forest cuts down on so much of the pollution, even if it doesn’t seem like it. And don’t you especially love the colours of late autumn trees – simply beautiful in some places. But it is a time of almost somnolent slumber, with the earth and our gardens bedding themselves down for a while before the great push for spring and the uncovering of all her buried treasures.
And that’s pretty much what I intend doing this winter. Again! Once I’ve put my book to bed.
Funny thing, when you’re growing up you have dreams and aspirations. I remember at 9 saying I wanted to go to RADA, and to dye my hair blonder and become a model. And I wanted to be an archaeologist (well, I get around to studying it for 2 years before swapping to something a little less dry and dusty!) and I always said I wanted to write a book.
So I have. However, it’s not the one I envisaged writing really. A book on Gardening in South Africa. Who woulda thought? Certainly not me, for one… I wanted to write the great novel, but it seems my green fingers are more fertile than my mind. Luckily I have amazing friends like Rosie Fiore (expat writer living in London) who got a great book deal with Quercus and is a published chick-lit author. Her latest, Wonder Women, was released as an e-book in March is going to be hitting the bookstore shelves around the world in June. Rosie was the person who kicked my butt into playing Comedy Games with a bunch of some of the greatest comedic personages in Johannesburg a couple years back and I have watched all of these wonderful actors/presenter/comedy greats growing in leaps and bounds, not only here at home, but also overseas.
I guess it’s a case of just getting down and doing it and realising those dreams. Especially when it’s cold. And you can hibernate.
If you’d like to read more of Rosie’s online musings, or find out about her books, get to http://www.rosiefiore.com/wordmonkey.html – and I’ll give all you gardening gnomes a heads up when my book gets published later this year.
Wherever you are – stay warm. Stay safe. Stay true to your inner child…..