Therapeutic Pottering

July 10th, 2010

The ducks love to potter


There is an art to pottering in the garden.  When you master this gentle art you will find that pottering can be very therapeutic!  Time slows down.  You slow down.  It can be very relaxing.  The first rule of pottering is that there is no rules at all.  No lists of work to be done.  In fact the very best sort of pottering happens when you just go outside and wander about, doing whatever comes to hand.  There should be no timetables, no particular project to complete. 

It helps to have a complete day ahead of you, but if you practice the art of pottering, it is possible to do it with whatever time you have to spare. 

I usually start a day of pottering with what I call ‘the garden walk’.  This is different from walking to get somewhere, or the early morning exercise walk.  This walk is more of a wander really.  You just wander about, and maybe sit down, if a seat is at hand and let your mind drift.  You will notice little things that need your attention.  Some little job that you might like to do.  A weed may need to be pulled out.  A rose cut back.  Before you know it your garden gloves are on and you are away.

The hours pass and you might find you  have got quite a lot done, but it doesn’t matter if you have or not.  A day spent pottering is not about ‘getting things done’ it is about time being spent pleasantly.  It is about listening to the birds and maybe sitting down and watching them for a while.  It is about not just smelling the roses but taking the time to touch their petals.  It is about slowing down.

Happy gardening!

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2 Responses to “Therapeutic Pottering”

  1. Bernieh Says:

    Great post, Mandy. I’m always pottering around the garden … for hours on end. I potter around the streets too when really I should be power-walking!!!

    I can see it’s rather cool down there … still lovely winter weather up here so I get to spend a lot of time out in the garden.

    Love your little pansy in the tub … I’ve grown to appreciate pansies just in the last year or two and have a few in pots just beginning to flower.

  2. Mandy Says:

    Hey there Bernieh, thanks for the comment! I tend to potter when I go for my power walk too, esp when there are OPG (other peoples gardens) to look at! 🙂

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