Happy Place, Happy Space

It rained quite a bit this week which made timing a run difficult. One such rainy morning saw the rain stop just after 10am. It is usually too hot by this time but I quickly nipped out before the sun made a full appearance, the pavements still wet in the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

Being in the gardens at that time saw a different set of folks out & about, like these men trawling for lake vegetation.

I now know what I didn’t several months ago, when I encountered similar industry at MacRitchie Nature Park.

The lake plants are scooped up and used as fertilizer. I was very pleased to come to this realization and to finally have an answer for a question asked more than 6 months ago.

As I was finishing up my run, I caught sight of a sculpture which I had not noticed before; or rather, this joyful Mother & Child was located somewhere else in the vicinity. Of course, I had to take a detour to say hello.

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Reading your Joyful Posts brings me to my happy place. I hope having them in one place makes it easier for you to find when you need a bit of happy therapy, too.

If you would like to join in Happy Place, Happy Space, ping back to this post and I will include you next week

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  1. Joining in late as usual but glad to make it!
    Lovely mother and child sculpture at the gardens.
    Thank you so very much for sharing these amazing captures with my challenge πŸ™‚


  2. Terrific post — heart-warming and educational too. So interesting about using the water plants as fertilizer.

    I’m glad you are running again; that’s good for you and for us! (And thanks as always for the mention.)


  3. Ju-Lyn, this beautiful statue is the epitome of joy and love. I love how skinny she is, too after just having a baby. Obviously, she’s been chasing around after her child with very little time for herself. Thank you so much for sharing this treasure with us.


    1. My aha! moment was very exciting! I didn’t even realise that one could do this. I know the gardeners will rake up fallen leaves to surround trees as compost, but this is new to me!


  4. Hi Ju-Lyn,
    That is a very striking statue.
    I had some business with our office in Singapore via zoom video conferencing this last week and thought of the bloggers I know from there. So you were in my thoughts this week.
    You live in such a beautiful place except I’m told that it’s very hot much of the time.
    Thank you for sharing my story above. I hope your readers enjoy it.
    Hope you have a great week.


    1. I am very touched you remembered me this week Gary – thank you for the thought & for letting me know … you have made my morning! It is hot all year round, except on mornings like today when it’s still fairly cool because of the rain – around 27 deg C (81 deg F).

      Thoroughly enjoyed your story as it brought back memories of shenanigans my siblings & I got up to. We had one involving not eyebrows, but eye lashes.


    1. I was very excited to see the men in the boats, and then the piles of lake vegetation, and finally rounding the corner to the plants surrounded by said lake vegetation. Thank you for sharing in my delight!

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  5. We’re getting more rain than usual, as well. I forgot what America calls it.. an el nino season or something like that. I don’t mind the fresher air!


  6. Is running in the rain just unpleasant or is it dangerous too, as it makes the ground slippery? The statue is sweet and lovely, but I can’t help but think, “That mom is far too skinny for having just had a baby.” πŸ˜‰
    Thanks, as always, for the shout-out. Sadly, my latest post is far less cheery. 😦


    1. I used to love running in the rain – but several bad spills over the years have made me more cautious now (as I am of the potentially fragile bones age πŸ™„ ) – and yes, in the Gardens, in particular, fallen leaves are traps.

      You are too funny, Betsy … she is rather elongated though, isn’t she?

      Oh no …. I hope you are ok … popping over to yours to visit.

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