Education doesn’t give you the answers, but enables you to ask the questions!
It’s nothing to be ashamed of. There comes a time in everything when you don’t know something.
From time to time it has struck me that as a writer, I’ve somehow managed to live my life as I had long ago dreamt of doing, based on the Tintin paradigm: on my toes, travelling, senses attentuated, everything just adventure and exploration, curiosity and problem-solving.
For the Tintin books were my emotional universe. To read them felt quite simply like being loved: in advance and by an entire world of pure possibility, my future. But to write to the author was to reach out for the lover. Even today, the power of reading one remains visceral: each book acts as a form of transportation, not just to the emotional landscape of this first literary love affair but to very specific memories.
Behaviour unchallenged is behaviour encouraged.
Get out of bed, go to school, stick at school. Make it happen for yourself because those opportunities are waiting.
The language of gardening fuels the senses: talk with your hands, observe with your ears and listen with your eyes.
It’s not just about facts, information and technical know how… Gardens are about time, observation and intuition.
Get growing. Back yourself and make mistakes. It’s your mistakes and
observations that are your greatest tutors.
I think this feeling that I have for people and the importance of behaving in a way which is respectful to people of all colours, shapes, sizes and religions goes back a very long way… possibly to my mother and father in very early stages of childhood.