On June 11 last year I posted ‘How does my garden grow?’, my first Ontheland post since May 2011. This last year of blogging has been an amazing journey. Without too much fanfare I would like to mark Ontheland’s first blog birthday with appreciation and thanks. Thank you to everyone who has read, liked, followed and commented here over the past year. I have also enjoyed reading and being inspired by other blogs. Witnessing the thoughts, creativity, and talents of others has been invaluable.
Some history: technically, Ontheland was born in September 2010–for 8 months I wrote and posted articles, but had no understanding of the interactive aspect of blogging. No wonder my energy petered out! Last summer, four years later, with my mind protesting ‘I don’t have time’, I registered for Blogging 101. That’s when the penny dropped…after interacting in a course community I emerged ready to read and be read. That’s why June 11, 2015 will be Ontheland’s official ‘date of birth’.
The flowers I have chosen to mark this day are wild daisies. Why? Wildflowers come and go over the course of spring and summer. Daisies are currently in bloom around my house–I took these photos yesterday. Getting to know and appreciate the natural cycles of growth around me is one of my many interests.
Daisies are thought of as a simple, unsophisticated flower. According to a few internet sources they symbolize values such as innocence, gentleness, purity and beauty. Purity and simplicity are themes of this week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge. I have met many compatible bloggers through this weekly challenge and other blogging community events–particularly Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge and Jane Dougherty’s Poetry Challenge.