100/100 CHALLENGE 65: digging in the Emperor’s garden

Day 65

I once wrote a story about a man digging in the Emperor’s garden. He was trying to unearth and move a giant boulder; I described him sweating, struggling with only a spade and muscles to excavate the rock. I imagined the Emperor was Chinese, his garden a formal delight. The man was a peasant who thought only of his family as he laboured.
At the time, I was tackling a new garden on my own and spent that summer sweating, struggling, digging to excavate small rocks and broken bricks. I wish I still had my story of the Emperor’s gardener.

April 30th 2021 would’ve been Captain Tom Moore’s 101st birthday; in recognition and in remembrance of his achievement, a new challenge was announced by his family. They challenged ordinary folk to complete a hundred somethings to raise more funds for The Captain Tom Foundation – ‘whether you bake 100 cupcakes or walk 100 laps – help celebrate Captain Tom’s achievements.’ The official ‘Captain Tom 100’ has now finished, but I’ve challenged myself to write a 100 word blog each day for 100 days. I started on May 1st and when I complete my task, I’ll donate £100 to his Foundation.


My featured image is of Benvarden Garden in County Antrim

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