I had never been a big fan of indoor plants. I always believed that that’s where the spiders lived. But I have since realised that that is ridiculous; we all know that the spiders live under the bath and under the sink [at least they do in this house!]

I went to visit the Patchwork Garden at their recent open day and it was such a delight. My friend G volunteers there and she told me I would love it. So I took myself on a little outing, and it was glorious.

The Patchwork Garden supports people with mental health needs by running creative workshops. I think we can all agree that being creative is therapeutic. I love a good craft session, and it turns out, I quite like a bit of gardening too.

Now, I may be overstating it a little when I refer to what actually happened that afternoon as ‘gardening’, but I have gardening ambitions, so I’m taking this as the first step.

I purchased my first pot plant at the Patchwork Garden that morning. I didn’t even really know what it was at the time [turns out she’s an Aloe Aristata, which is ideal because we all know aloe is healing, and basically magic. So I purchased a pot of witchcraft…]

But she needed a bigger home [pot] and so I took her to my mother’s house to be re-potted. And we played in mumma’s greenhouse and we gave my new little pot of witchcraft a bigger home, complete with big gravel in the bottom for drainage [oooo] and little gravel in the top for decoration – garden glitter, if you will! [Which apparently also helps keep the moisture in the soil. Learning all the new stuff here with this one!]

As if by magic, when we were done, mumma’s little black cat [sorry, did you say witch?] decided she wanted to get in on the crafty gardening wonderment, and came to partake in a photoshoot. She’s such a cutie.

So as a result of that weekend, I’m looking into volunteering at the Patchwork Garden because it was truly magical; I brought my little aloe home to live on the window sill; AND I am starting to create my own workshops!!

So. Much. Excitement!

I’m pulling together all the lessons I’ve learnt over the past few years – you know, those transformative three years where I went from rock bottom and wanting to die, to completely changing my life, and finding happiness, fulfilment and success! I get asked a lot of questions about how I did that, so I thought it might be fun to do some workshops and make some friends along the way!

If you’re interested in coming to a workshop, or have any ideas or comments on what you’d want me to cover in the workshops, please let me know! Leave a comment or send me a message.

It’s going to be super fun, and undoubtedly there will be magic! Phoenix and ashes kind of magic. I can’t wait!!