Wholesome Work

Can you read my messy writing?  My far from complete ‘can’t wait to-do list’…  I was going to rewrite it neatly, but decided to spare the waste and instead trace the pen in rainbow colours to brighten it up for this post.

While the photo is all about my work that is creative, fun, and without strict boundaries, the accompanying haiku refers more to the laborious aspects of working to provide food for our family…


working the body

harvesting diamonds and pearls

feeds autarkic souls


The diamonds I refer to are those we harvest from the ground, the pearls being what we garner from the sea and shore. By now, you know that those aren’t the only gems provided by the earth, our little island, our neighbors, and our homefarm; we harvest, gather, barter, and recycle.

No surprise, it’s not always easy living out a dream.  We do it not only to support our family’s food needs and desires to be self-sufficient, but because we genuinely love the physical demands and the creative challenges that come along with choosing this lifestyle.  It nourishes our soul as well as our bodies.

The process of providing for one’s self and family gives an energizing rush– though, ironically, we’re often working while feeling sleep deprived.  We feel this rush when physical and mental boundaries are stretched to working out of our comfort zones, or sometimes it’s when we find creative/inexpensive solutions by putting our ideas together and trusting one or the other’s better judgement.

I’d be lying by omission if I didn’t admit that there are failures and disappointments, injuries and losses, timelines not met, plans that don’t turn out as expected (or, ugh, never even get started).  We get frustrated with ourselves, each other, the community, and the weather.  I’d rather talk about the blessings though, not the problems.  I prefer to write about the problems after we realize the lessons learnt from them.

Finding the balance between the planning and the trusting, the listing and the letting go, the doing and the just breathing, is something we are getting better at.  Like gardening, some things are meant to be learnt over a lifetime, one experience at a time.

Thanks to my friend Ronovan for his inspiring haiku words, ‘diamonds & pearls’, and to the four fab photo friends (myself included) who’s word ‘work’ is the theme of my photo and this post.  

 I hope all reading this are feeling balance between head and heart in all to do with work and life.

Melissa Xx


  1. Laurie Graves says:

    Wonderful post! I think it is good to be honest. It gives more of a complete picture. Most creative endeavors involve very hard work and frustration as well as engagement and satisfaction. All part of the whole.

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  2. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Lovely post Melissa and I know exactly what you are saying. Mind you if this weather keeps up we’ll be lucky to get any crops from outside!. But at least there is the polytunnel!!!!!

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    • I tend to think the list frees a bit of mental space…suppose most of us are ‘listers’ or multiple listers as is my case, several lists lying about here and there through the house. Always interesting to run across one that was misplaced for a while and take note of how much was accomplished on it. 😀 Hope you are enjoying this Sunday Eddy.


  3. Roz Hill says:

    Great work Melissa ! 💚❤️💜💛💙 your list makes fascinating reading. Autarkic is a new word for me??
    Now! About that list…. I am imagining all the things that are not on there ie haiku challenge under writing, and feed the family under kitchen, and plant seeds under house and garden…that endless list… How do you do it???

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    • There are actually multiple lists about the house and a couple mental ones! 😀

      Autarkic wasn’t my first choice ladies, (self-sufficient was), but you know that syllable count we must adhere to.


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  5. Lou says:

    Yes, I can read your writing haha 🙂 Quite alarmed by how the Philippines’ state is right now, this lack of water gives so much pain to our farmers, nothing to harvest :/

    So yeah, my first time on your blog 🙂 Have fun!

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  6. The harvests are sure the pure diamonds coming out from the earth.

    I do agree that all plans come with some set backs, though not all times. They do always also come with benefits of lessons. Nice post.. 🙂


    • I find writing about and reading the writing of others experiences is a great way to compare and learn. Also a great way to express frustrations, joys, and to get and share advice. Hindsight is definitely 20/20! Another saying I like is this one– ‘Joy shared is joy doubled, sorrow shared is sorrow halved.’ Sounds a bit extreme but we both know the heart can be stretched from emotion to emotion when running a homefarm with so many counting on us to care for them. Blessings, and much joy to you, and may we always be able to learn from and share the lessons that the problems and their solutions provide for us. Xx

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