Work is love made visible

Q: “What are you planting today?”
A: “Stone.”
Big weekend of work in the Memorial Garden; I am just recovering.


Jody and I began the stone walkway project on Saturday. I finished on Sunday, while she oversaw the completed clearing of the adjacent pen. Moving a half ton of stone certainly makes you sleep well at night. But the results are worth the effort, I think.

“It is better to wear out than to rust out.”
– Bishop Richard Cumberland

The curve creates obvious pockets for drifts of plants that echo the natives in Ina’s garden, coupled with some perennials to bridge the front and back of the garden. Next stop: nursery!


The garden is about to burst into spring. We’ve discovered that our flowering season is longer here; but winter leaves a little later. Things that have sprung in my home garden, are still hinting at spring in the Memorial Garden. The breeze that cools over the rice fields is welcome relief in summer, but keeps a chill on a while longer in spring.


We were joined once again today by a group of students from the University of San Francisco. They are studying Fundamentals of Organizational Management with a focus on nonprofits, and selected Homeward Bound to get some hands-on experience and information. They were attracted to us as an all-volunteer organization; and for our mission of rescue and sanctuary.


They had an opportunity to spend time with our President, and some of our newest recruits. Meet Lily…




And Lucy.


After spending time with the dogs, trainers and team leaders, Jody let them experience the manual labor side of rescue – clearing the adjacent pen. Not bad for city kids! It looks immaculate.


We return them to the metropolis a little tired, dirty, and wiser about the work of a nonprofit.

“Work is love made visible.”
– Khalil Gibran

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I am a nascent gardener, rescuer, and photographer, chronicling the journey of the dogs at Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary near Sacramento, CA - and the Memorial Garden we have devoted to them.

17 thoughts on “Work is love made visible”

  1. Love, love, love your new walkway. It’s beautiful. We plowed and shoveled another foot of snow today in anticipation of another storm coming through on Wednesday. We tapped our first Maple tree, and the sap is running so we will content ourselves with the sugaring process while we await spring. Love your photos.

    1. Ahhh…I remember maple syrup drizzled on snow, and the smell of Maypo cereal cooling in snow. Memories are enough. You can keep it all!! 🙂

  2. OH JOY!! I am a sucker for a newly laid path or row…none of those pesky weeds yet.
    A beautiful walkway Audrey.
    I’m also a sucker for those beautiful pups 😉

  3. The stone path looks great, I can imagine what a beautiful sight the garden will be when the flowers are in full bloom. The golden girls are gorgeous, I bet they enjoyed having the students around, lots more cuddles 🙂

    1. Thank you 🙂 I can’t wait until everything is in bloom. Spring keeps playing games on us here! And yes…the pups are always happy to meet new friends!

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