That’s a great word to play with… “Abundance”! There was a BBC radio comedy sketch many years ago in which a man (John Cleese was the man) was demonstrating, in court for some reason, that if you say any word often enough it’ll become ‘funny’.  In that instance the word was ‘teapot’.  Today for me it’s ‘abundance’… a bun dance…. ab’nd’nce… ahhh-b’n-daahnsss.

Yes, sometimes my mind wanders into very strange territory.

We have a large number of raised beds at the end of the garden and although we’re only beginners at this home harvesting business we’ve seen a wonderful ‘abundance’ of vegetables coming into our garden through the back door rather than the front.  Not to mention the endless supply of Dahlias adorning our new outdoor table.

Just below you can see (well, maybe, they’re rather small photos I’ll admit) pepperoncini, melon, red lettuce and tomatoes:

We have four different tomato varieties alone – the three you see above are from an Italian Heirloom we bought at one of our local farmer’s markets.  We’ve had one already from this plant and, thick sliced with a layer of mozzarella and dribbled with balsamic vinegar, it’s gorgeous….

We’ve two different melon plants (promising many melons already) and two Japanese eggplant… or is it plants?  There are also a couple of zucchini plants that have been producing for weeks now (and seem never to stop providing a couple a day at least) as well as a bed of Swiss chard and, our great joy, two large beds providing us with load after load of fingerling potatoes – five different types i believe we have in there.  I’ve never tried potatoes before so thanks to the Urban Farmers, who provided the seed potatoes and the advice for us to get them right first time.

It really is … an abundance.

I mentioned the Dahlias above – I photographed a couple of them for an earlier blog (the one about drugs) but here’s another look along with some coral pink Gladioli:

I’ve never done Gladioli before so it’s good to see them thriving here.  There are also Lilies to come, but they’re not quite out yet… watch this space!

There are days when nothing seems to go right – those days when the bread always falls butter side down, the lights are always against you and you not only stub your toe, but hit your head on that open cupboard door as you straighten up… When the abundance is of things you really would rather have less of.

This garden, for me, is the antidote – and long may the buns dance for you too!

About Simon

Simon is an actor who found his way into audiobook narrating as a side-gig and seems to have made a success of it. With some training as an actor as a child (just a couple of hours a week, but it stuck) and 15 years working inside the BBC (ending up as one of the presenters/newsreaders on BBC Radio 4 in London) he found the ideal combination for an audiobook narrator. Found his way to California two decades ago and never left.

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8 Responses to Abundance!

  1. Debra July 12, 2010 at 2:06 pm #

    I just finished Under Enemy Colors for the third time. Ended up sitting in my car in the garage many a night to finish a particularly exciting part. You did such an amazing job. I just checked Amazon to try and find out if you are reading the new S. Thomas Russel, but was unable to find out whether it will be available. Any info? I’ve been looking forward to both the new book and being able to hear you read it. Thanks much!

    • Simon July 12, 2010 at 5:19 pm #

      Not certain – I haven’t been asked yet. It depends on which publisher gets the audio rights and so on. I know the author approved of how I handled the book and if he is able to have a say I’m hoping I will get asked…

  2. Alison July 11, 2010 at 12:11 am #

    Hi, Simon!

    It’s a little bit strange writing to you, after you’ve taken me to and from work (Orlando to Tampa and back 5 days a week) for the past months (You finished reading me Tigana a few days ago and now we’re on to Black Powder War)! But I’m desperately awaiting the next Temeraire book, due out next Tuesday, and I found something on a website somewhere where you said that Random House had no plans for an audiobook for Tongues of Serpents? WHAT am I going to do?! I have the whole Temeraire audio set and now it’s going to be incomplete.

    At least when I read it, I’ll read it in your voice.

    And I tried that sentence a few different ways, but they all came out creepy.

    As it happens, it was the Temeraire series that got me hooked on audiobooks in general and your works in particular, which I now listen to almost exclusively. Every so often I can “settle” for a Scott Brick or a Josephine Bailey, but I always come back to your performances. I’ve discovered so many books that I probably would never have read, and some are now my absolute favorites. The Black Tower by Louis Bayard is a really good example. I’ve listened to the audio several times and I just recently read the actual physical book, too. I loved The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher, which I probably wouldn’t have finished in book form. I have a really short attention span for paper books, but I always finish your audiobooks!

    I also really loved your recording of The Midnight Charter by David Whitley. He’s supposed to have a sequel coming out sometime soon.. Any news on a possible audio version there?

    Sorry this got so long. I think these blog comment things are supposed to be a bit shorter. But I wanted to finally tell you how greatly I appreciate all your work! You are definitely, definitely my favorite audiobook narrator! You’re practically a superstar, I’d say. So, thanks! And keep up the video posts! I LOVE seeing the studio and the process.. I’ve always been fascinated by the creation process. How do you avoid recording the page flipping sounds? Do you have a really comfortable chair?

    One last thing..

    How do you POSSIBLY not read a book before you record it??! How do you pick a voice so quickly? It’s pretty amazing!

    I’m looking forward to more blog posts! Have a lovely day!

  3. Paul Johnson July 9, 2010 at 6:17 am #

    “Abundance” could be one of those words like “quality”, a word that drove Robert M. Persig to the edge of sanity in trying to understand its simplest meaning and, in the end, it founded a whole new branch of metaphysical philosophy…

    Nice web site, Simon. If you still need help with Arabic, let me know!

    • Simon July 9, 2010 at 8:25 am #

      Done with Arabic for now – passed through Russian – currently on to Afrikaans… But I daresay Arabic will crop up again in the future – I’ll keep you in mind!

      • Paul Johnson July 14, 2010 at 3:53 am #

        Here in Oman, all of my wife’s quilting and scrapbooking friends are from South Africa. They have thick South African accents. If you need help with a South African voice, let me know! Though there’s a difference between British South African and Afrikaans. I think I can find both. Also, Swahili is informally the official language here in Oman.

        PS: You have Texas almost nailed, though it does seem to fade in and out between Waco, Texas and Gary, Indiana. I think the redneck mindset required to fully hold a Texas accent is probably too difficult to switch on and off when swapping from Victorian English to Texas and back. It must be like trying to eat chocolate covered jalapenos… (from one of your Sherlock Holmes stories).

  4. Jennifer July 8, 2010 at 11:21 am #

    Hi Simon,

    Your garden looks wonderful — colorful, fragrant, and vibrant. Keep up the “abundance.” I am soon off to an around-the-world tour. I plan on “taking” you with me to Melbourne, Hong Kong, the Yangzi river, Shanghai, London, Dubrovnik, and Montenegro. I’ll check some of the English bookstores and let you know if I find any of your audiobooks. If I do, I’ll take some pictures for you and send them along. Also love the Vlogs! Happy Farming.

    • Simon July 9, 2010 at 8:24 am #

      Wow, I’ll have been quite the world traveler by the time I get back!

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