Saturday, May 17, 2014

Take the Red Pill

I have to admit, Alice in Wonderland isn't one of my favorite movies but the quote that starts this post is.  I pulled the metaphor from another more manly film, The Matrix, where the lead character is faced with a similar decision of seeing how far the rabbit hole really goes. Its more science fiction with awesome special effects than fairy tale, plus a little better to admit watching than Alice!


So what does Red Pills and Rabbit holes have to do with a post on a gardening blog?  Well, simply put I was recently faced with a similar life changing decision, and my rabbit hole took me 1736 miles from home on a new adventure.

Three weeks ago I excepted an opportunity of a lifetime to become a horticultural manager on an estate in the Caribbean and handed in my notice at work.  Though it sounds like the transition was quick, it had been in the making since mid February!  But all good things comes to those that wait and now I'm on the island the dream has become a reality.

Of course moving and living in paradise doesn't come without a cost.  Our house of six years is on the market, which includes a garden I spent many hours painstakingly planning, planting and adjusting to make it perfect.  Not to mention all the things we have upgraded on the inside to make it ours.  All are belongings have been or are in the process of being sold off with a few being packed for shipping.  It really is amazing how much you can accumulate over 14 years of living in a country.

Of course we leave behind good friends.  I was taken back just how much of an impact our decision to move had on those that I have developed a friendship with though my work.  Although everyone was happy for our news it became apparent just how much I meant to my hardcore group of gardening customers as well as the people I worked with.  Hopefully this blog will fill a void and make it seem that I never left.

My view at sunset
In some ways I feel the islands have called me back after 14 years absence.  My previous experiences had taken me to Tortola, British Virgin Islands to work in a botanic garden for two years. I even interviewed for a job on Nevis at there botanic garden before leaving the islands for mainland America.  To be able to return to the island culture is an opportunity to good to pass up.

Hopefully, those of you who seeked out my blog out for horticultural inspiration in a less than tropical situation will still keep coming back to see what gardening is like on an island.  But, as I reinvent myself on a new career path it only seems natural to reinvent the blog.  So from this point forward, I present the new 'British Gardener - The Caribbean Memoirs', or should it be 'Life amongst the Coconuts', I don't know now.

Well better get back to liming and I don't mean being British!






20 comments:

  1. I like Life Among the Coconuts better! Your view is phenomenal!! WOW! You deserve every inch of happiness this job offers. Think of it as a karmic payback. But if you forget about all of us stuck in traffic and grocery store lines here in the US, you may find shark attacks and garden-destroying monkeys become a problem. ;o)

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    1. 'Life among the coconuts' has a nice ring to it. In some ways it has a double meaning as living in the islands can be a bit nutty!

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  2. Good luck to you and your family! When will you be accepting visitors?? :) LOL

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    1. I've got a long list of people coming. Rumor has it, the list is longer than the one at the Four Seasons resort. Thanks for writing and stay posted for more.

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  3. What an amazing opportunity! Part of me thinks that would incredibly difficult, and part of me says, "Wow, that would be incredible!" It sounds like it's a perfect fit for you, and I will definitely follow you in your new location! Cheers!

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    1. After watching HGTV's House Hunters International and wondering what people do to be able to move oversea's its finally happening for me and my family. Its like winning the lottery of horticultural jobs!

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  4. Wow what a view!!! I was thinking of your new home today as we were moving plants from the court yard into the annual house because its going to be around 40 tonight here at MGC. I suppose you don't have to worry about that there. Thank you for the books and the text they both meant allot. Talk to you soon.

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    1. What a bizarre year for weather its been. I have to admit I won't miss the fluctuations as I settle into something that stays relatively constant. Wish you all the best.

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  5. Check out my Garden Love column! :o)

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  6. Carpe diem! Look forward to reading all about your new adventures.

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    1. Once the dust settles from the move I hope to be blogging again with regularity. Stay posted for more.

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  7. Auntie Jen wants to know if there are direct flights from Oz!

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    1. Maybe through San Juan, Puerto Rico. However, the travel is part of the adventure even if it takes forever!

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  8. What a gorgeous view! Good luck with your new home and position!

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    1. No more trying to nurse tropical plants through polar vortex's. Now its time to experience the real thing. It seems ironic that last year I was writing about creating a tropical paradise in a cooler climate and now I'm living in one. Happy gardening

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  9. Nice view, it sure is nicer than looking at my nasty neighbors house. I hear Bad Wolf calling

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    1. Take the red pill and move away from a negative situation. Life is too short to put up with what you're going through.

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  10. Bravo!! I am so excited for all of you!!! Life among the coconuts is what I would choose:)
    Enjoy each other and enjoy the new experiences you will have together! LOVE LOVE!

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    1. Thank you for reading and I hope you keep checking back. The door is always open when you want to visit.

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  11. I have to admit being a little sad when I stopped into Merrifield Gardens and they told me you had left. No more talk of planting Hebe's and Daphnes in northern VA. I wish you all the luck and happiness in the world. I will miss our chats about plants and everything else. Enjoy the good life!!!!!

    Bill From Haymarket

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