Very few people in these recessionary days are inspirational. So I do have to blog quickly about my good friend Rebecca Thorn.
The majority of us mill about like giant ants all our life (and there is nothing wrong with it) commuting to 9-5 jobs to come home to our now devalued houses to watch reality TV before eventually reproducing new ants - 80% of which won't study higher level maths. A few people however are always thinking, plotting, planning and being creative will stand out from the ground. To have the self belief, patience, talent and interest to try and succeed at something outside the norm is admirable which is no doubt why the rest of us who don't have the self belief, patience, talent or a big enough interest enjoy the likes of Britian's Got Talent or The Apprentice. Part of us likes to see an ant like us succeed - while the other part of course gets out the magifying glass like in Susan Boyle's case.
Amongst the Grasses - DesignedbyRebecca would of made an excellent reality show. How one talented woman but amateur gardener came up with an excellence garden design, submitted her entry to InBloom and was a success. Work done? Roll credits? Nah! I "helped" on one or two occassions during the 3 week dig and by help I mean I brought my hardworking boyfriend - The interesting thing I watched was as with all first timers (whether it be putting on a concert, a debate or a garden) - nothing goes to plan - when where what how is not out of a book or part of a carefully plotted to do list but an improvisation or a piece of advice acted upon.
So I haven't spoken about the third & fouth kind of ants - I've covered the main type of ants who use facebook at work and eat a lot of ready meals and the few and far between ants on the other end of the scale who are talented and pro-active but somewhere inbetween there are ants who try to stand out for one brief minute but when it gets too hard they give up and then there are ants who try and try - again and again - and then succeed.
So at times during the 3 week dig at Bloom amongst the grasses it rained really hard - so Rebecca and her volunteers wore rain gear, no one knew how to operate a digger so they learned, they didn't have enough plants they somehow found more, so many mini dramas one after the other and Rebecca didn't give up and just go home she finished her garden and it was bloody great. Best described as a movie set - I could imagine Kiera Knightley sitting in the garden with a nice cup of tea(in the end it was Mary Kennedy). I really had this amazing urge to run through the grasses obviously I didn't but it was calling me! Better still it was garden that taught important lessons - now you could say "wouldn't it have been boring if it'd gone smoothly and the right amount of plants had turned up". Rebecca is now armed with experience and thats a stepping stone between talent and a gold medal in the years to come if you ask me.