Carter's Water Garden


Sunday Reflections…

In this fast moving world, we are all looking for that stillness… I sometimes refer to it as a Moment of Zen. Many times I find it in waterfalls or the setting sun. Or on a quiet Sunday morning of solitude.

“At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshness; Neither from nor towards; at the still point, There the dance is, But neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fixity, Where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from nor towards, Neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the still point, There would be no dance, and there is only the dance.”
    ~T.S. Eliot 

Have a great Day!

Mark C.



Sunday Reflections…

Losing a loved one, someone who is truly close to you is tough. The loss and sadness are a hard reality… I just recently lost my Uncle. We were very close. I have had a lot of emotion over his sickness and his passing… But knowing him the way I do, he wouldn’t want us to be sad or down about his death. He was a very spiritual person. And a very positive person. He always had a smile on his face and something nice to say, maybe something to make you laugh or smile 😊 An ‘Eternal Optimist’! And that is what I am going to focus on and remember the most about Uncle Doug!

Do not stand at my grave and weep, 
I am not there, I do not sleep. 
I am in a thousand winds that blow, 
I am the softly falling snow. 
I am the gentle showers of rain, 
I am the fields of ripening grain. 
I am in the morning hush, 
I am in the graceful rush 
Of beautiful birds in circling flight, 
I am the starshine of the night. 
I am in the flowers that bloom, 
I am in a quiet room. 
I am in the birds that sing, 
I am in each lovely thing. 
Do not stand at my grave and cry, 
I am not there. I do not die.

~ Mary Elizabeth Frye

Rest In Peace!

Mark C.



Do You Believe In The Power Of Prayer 🙏🏻

I’m not one to take things right to Facebook or the internet… Especially family things. But, if you are a praying person, I ask you to say a prayer for a man that has been very special to me my entire life. His name is George Brinkley. Many of you know him from coming to our Nursery over the years. He was our “Koi Whisperer”… If you bought fish from us, you probably met and dealt with George. But to me, he has always been my Uncle Doug.
George is definitely a ‘Renaissance man’. He has traveled the country and many different places in the world. He was in Nuclear Power in the US Navy and later was a high level computer programmer and Electronic Engineer. A VERY smart man to say the least. A great photographer. An environmentalist. An experimental gardener and Yes, a Koi Whisperer… He gave all the high tech up to come work at my nursery. He always says he’s most at peace in our gardens.
George is fighting for his life against Covid. He is on a respirator and things don’t look well. He needs a miracle from God to pull through this thing. If you have a moment, please say a prayer for George’s Healing, his full Recovery and Gods Peace 🙏🏻

This is the only picture I could find with uncle Doug wearing a suit 😊 We were side by side at a wedding trying to catch something the groom throws over his shoulder…

If your not one to pray, pass this on by. But if you are, please do. I truly believe in the power of prayer 🙏🏻

God Bless

Mark C.



Today Is Good Friday

He said “It is finished”, we didn’t understand that It had just begun. Be thankful for His sacrifice on this, Good Friday.

 

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. – 1 Peter 2:24

Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone but in every leaf in springtime.  ~ Martin Luther

 

Peace & Love, 

 

Mark Carter



Sunday Reflections…

All these dark, wet days really limit what we can do outside. Add in the the fact that the days are steadily getting shorter and shorter & it kinda gets … depressing.

The Winter Solstice (December 21st) marks the shortest day of the year. Good News is – the day after, the days start getting LONGER again! THIS Friday is the Day! YES!

BUT, this morning was so beautiful! Beautiful sunrise & decent temps makes for a nice Sunday morning! I walked around the garden a bit and suddenly had so many ideas flowing through my mind! Changes & new things get me excited! These ideas and plans help get me through to Spring 😊 Now I’m sitting on the swing typing out this mornings BLOG post.

Take it from me – Beat the Winter blues! Get outside every chance you get… It’s the best medicine 😊

 

”From December to March, there are for many of us three gardens –                            The garden outdoors,                                       The garden of pots and bowls in the house,    And the garden of the mind’s eye.”

~ Katherine S. White

 

 

Happy Holidays & Merry Christmas! 🎅🏻

~ Mark C.