Beginnings, journey, Nature, VintageTrish Card Art

Hope Symbols in our Lives


VintageTrish Card Art: ‘Mandala Egg’ Layered Hand-drawn Design Easter Collection 2018. My VintageTrish Card Collections available soon from this website in the SHOP.

This Australian summer season just passed, was the most testing summer I have had in my 25 year old garden. We seemed to have winds whipping out any remaining moisture in the soil for 8 months and baking heat and sun turning clay soil into ‘bricks’ then brick powder! In my area rainfall was the second lowest on record since records began and the highest temperature, 45.3 degrees celsius, was a culmination of several consecutive heatwaves which kept temps in the late 30 to early 40s for the majority of January and February. Even yesterday, ‘Autumn’,  was 34.9 degrees celsius. I get that summer is summer, ‘what do you expect?’ and I love the sun. But I was also glad to wave it’s intensity goodbye for a few months, over the equator to the North. Really…why would I begin a blog on ‘Hope’ with that ‘bleak’ but true story?

I begin that way because I, like every other gardening friend I know and probably millions I don’t know, plant a garden for one reason–Hope. Within that journey each season is heartbreak and elation–just like life in general. I’m not alone when my heart breaks for an avocado tree I couldn’t protect from second degree burns and my macadamia tree began ‘melting’. Luckily I could save both, one of which was transferred to a pot and complete shade. Both water tanks were bone dry for months. I was grateful to have town water, which many farmers don’t have and had to buy in by the truckload just to keep cattle and crops alive. Many gardens across Australia , many casualties.

The gardeners who lost their gardens in the cruel bushfires this season will plant again. That I know because I have seen countless demonstrations of that in this driest continent on Earth over many years.

But…like Audrey Hepburn said  ‘To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow’. It’s in moments of lack of hope, that Hope comes to the surface as that resilient human quality that gets us through the bad patches. Planting seeds is still not a confident activity for me–there’s no ‘knowing,’ just ‘hope’. But that’s good – every season no matter what the outcome for seedlings and gardens is an exercise in hope, and from that we gain resilience. Our gardens are the most amazing models of resilience. The resilience of Nature.

Pondering on this got me thinking of the symbols we use for hope. I’ve mentioned the seeds, they are one. The egg is another symbol of hope and new life. Whether you are religious or not, this Easter weekend gives us an opportunity to think about what an egg symbolises. The egg, just like the plant seed, or a mammalian embryo has every bit of information it will ever need, to LIVE. Nature wants it to LIVE. It is a symbol of hope but then must demonstrate that hope with qualities of resilience, in the life it goes on to encounter. Nowhere is it written in that seed, egg or embryo that ‘you can’t do this.’

In fact, what’s written in the Nature DNA coding of those symbols of hope, is quite the opposite of ‘can’t do this’ – YOU HAVE, DEAR ONE,  EVERYTHING YOU NEED! Now that, my friends, is HOPE in action. That is my Nature, and yours.

© Trish McGill 2018

My doodle (below) for my card design pictured (above)–it’s own ‘symbol of hope’



Beginnings, journey, Nature

The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me!

This is Day One of the VintageTrish website and blog. I can say that I am very glad I have experience in writing, blogging, running a website, and social media.

Because I’m going to need every bit of the above to get this up and running! The enthusiasm for my content–well that’s a given. I’m not short on words for Nature – every blog I write will be related to it. If I’m talking and writing for myself only…that’s fine! I treat it like a diary. But maybe you’d be curious enough to join me.

I began my career as a Health Information Officer in 1991. I started my first natural food garden as a newlywed, on my apartment balcony. The passion continued throughout my career as an adult educator, multi media artist & writer, while operating my training business, & raising two sons with my husband. In 2014 completed my Permaculture Design Certificate with renowned practitioner and educator, Geoff Lawton. Coupled with my 25 years gardening experience I now felt ready to take this ‘hobby’ to another level. I have infused my unique skills in natural gardening, holistic thinking, living, & health education, into VintageTrish. This is the most ‘Me’ I have ever been. That’s why I’m ‘Vintage’Trish (as well as a love for Vintage fused with Contemporary).

I think you’ll like this and I hope you tell me why in the comments section. You won’t find me on FaceBook anymore. But all my social media links are here for VintageTrish YouTube, Instagram , Twitter , Pinterest  and in the Welcome section, so please join me there too! We will be a wonderful community talking mindful, positive, Natural content. The space is set. You and your friends are welcome. Let’s meet again soon 🌸

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton


© Trish McGill 2018