About Me
I'm a Melbourne boy, hailing from St Kilda with one ex, one current wife and four kids. Love the outdoors and making new discoveries. I cook a lot at home (cheers from wife) and do some preserving, mostly jams, pickles and fruit liqueurs. This is the diary of a cooking journey.

My Complete Profile

Recent Posts
Wine Country & A Barbeque
Al, We Need You
Pretty Shortcut
'Til Death Do Us Part
The Heart of the Matter
Chocolate Covered Misery
Nicely Does It!
Broad Beans - It's Spring

1001 Dinners 1001 Nights
A Few of My Favourite Things
Abstract Gourmet
Apellation Australia
Becks and Posh
BurgerMary ATX
Cook (almost) Anything at least once
Cooking Down Under
Cook sister!
Cooked And Bottled In Brunswick
David Lebovitz
Deep Dish Dreams
Chef Paz
Chubby Hubby
Eating Melbourne
Eating With Jack
essjay eats
Food Lover's Journey
Grab Your Fork
I Am Obsessed With Food
I Eat Therefore I Am
Iron Chef Shellie
Just Desserts
Kalyn's Kitchen
Kitchen Wench
Matt Bites
Melbourne Gastronome
My Kitchen in Half Cups
Nola Cuisine
Not Quite Nigella
Nourish Me
Seriously Good
Souvlaki For The Soul
Stone Soup
Syrup and Tang
Steve Don't Eat It!
That Jess Ho
The Elegant Sufficiency
The Perfect Pantry
The View From My Porch
Thyme for Cooking
Tumeric & Saffron
tummy rumbles
What I Cooked Last Night
where's the beef
Vicious Ange

Food Blog Resources
Food Blog S'cool
I Eat I Drink I Work
Kiplog Food Links

Food for Thought
Autism Victoria
Autism Vox
forget me now
Lotus Martinis
MOM - Not Otherwise Specified
St Kilda Today

Monday, October 08, 2007
always with me

You've got to love a plant that you simply put in the corner, water occasionally, never feed, and every year you get something like this. A lot of the time it looks like it's thinking about turning up its toes, with leaves turning brown and shrivelling up and the little bulbs doing the same, but always, just in time for spring, it does this. Say hi to my orchid!

Now, I don't mean to be mistreating you by not putting up a lot of posts, but I've been into a little writing project of my own, which is still underway and has been soaking up a lot of time.

So, I'll post a little poem by E. E. Cummings that I've recently had cause to revisit. It's not my favourite, John Donne has written that one, but is nonetheless a lovely verse, brimming with deeper meaning.

i carry your heart with me.

i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
my heart) i am never without it (anywhere
i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)
i fear
no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want
no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)

  posted at 7:41 am

At 9:21 am, Blogger Anh said...

Neil, beautiful white flowers! What a lovely gift from nature you have in your home...

At 10:58 am, Blogger Kalyn Denny said...

So lovely, the flower and the poem both.

At 8:49 pm, Blogger Jeanne said...

Oh Neil, that reminds me so much of my mom, who passed away in 2003 - both the orchid and the poem. My mom's birthday is in August and for a couple of years my dad gave her potted orchids as gifts. I don't think they were ever realyl expected to live much beyond the flowering period, but she'd put them on the dining room patio which was very well protected and shaded and... do nothing. The most she did was water them with water from the fridge because she read somewhere that orchids like that. And every year there would be this explosion of spikes and blooms with minimal effort, while her friends struggled to grow pampered orchids in their greenhouses. The orchids still flower every year at her birthday even though she is gone. But as e.e. cummings says, I carry her in my heart.

At 1:07 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful flowers and poem! Love them.


At 2:24 am, Blogger Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

There is always room in life for poetry. And orchids.

At 6:21 am, Blogger MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Thank you once again Neil for surprising and bringing joy.

At 6:55 am, Blogger Gigi said...

Like Jeanne, the poem and the flowers put me in mind of my mother, gone a year now this month, bringing both a tear and a smile. Thank you for that ~ another lovely pairing! ;)

At 11:32 am, Blogger Blue Zebra said...

OK Neil. Whata ya tryin' to do mate? You are an excellent daddy, you cook, you can grow gorgeous orchids, you love wine and are very knowledgeable, have a poetic soul and write...hmmmm. Do you have a secret vice we don't know about? And do you walk on water? How's about giving a few tips to my sweety?! ;) I can send his email to you! :D

Excellent post dear! Excellent!


At 11:38 am, Blogger neil said...

Hi anh, nature's bounty indeed!

Hi kalyn, the two seemed to go together well.

Hi jeanne, yes, me too, and though I didn't have the kind of relationship with my mum that you did, this poem sums up my feelings for her, especially the last stanza. I know she knows it too.

Hi paz, glad you enjoyed them!

Hi lydia, plenty of room I'd say.

Hi tanna, you're so welcome.

Hi gigi, as I said to jeanne, it was the same for me...and you.

Hi blue zebra, aww hell, I'm all blushing now! Don't fear though, I do have the full complement of flaws as well.


Post a Comment

<< Home


Recipe Categories
Cakes & Desserts

November 2005
December 2005
January 2006
February 2006
March 2006
April 2006
May 2006
June 2006
July 2006
August 2006
September 2006
October 2006
November 2006
December 2006
January 2007
February 2007
March 2007
April 2007
May 2007
June 2007
July 2007
August 2007
September 2007
October 2007
November 2007
December 2007
January 2008
February 2008
March 2008
April 2008
May 2008
June 2008
July 2008
August 2008
September 2008
October 2008
November 2008
December 2008
January 2009
February 2009
March 2009
May 2009
June 2009
September 2009
October 2009
November 2009
December 2009
January 2010
February 2010
March 2010
April 2010
May 2010
June 2010
July 2010
August 2010
September 2010
October 2010
November 2010
December 2010
February 2011
March 2011
April 2011
May 2011
June 2011
July 2011
August 2011
September 2011
July 2012

Prev ~ List ~ Random ~ Join ~ Next
Site Ring from Bravenet

Site Feed

counter easy hit

Blog Design by:

Image created by:
Ximena Maier

Powered by:

Photos, Original Recipes, and Text - (C) Copyright: 2005-2010
At My Table by Neil Murray, all rights reserved.
You may re-post a recipe, please give credit and post a link to this site.

Contact Me
Neil Murray

Follow messytable on Twitter