A few months after I retired I was talking to a former colleague and I mentioned that I was enjoying doing some of the things I used to consider chores that just needed to be done. I’d stopped wearing a watch and didn’t worry about the time. Things took as long as they took and I was relaxed about it. I had the impression I was moving more slowly through time, although time itself seemed to be passing more quickly.
“It’s better”, he said “when the enjoyment is in spending the time and not merely in the final outcome because then no time is wasted. It’s difficult to achieve at work when everything is driven by metrics.”
I hadn’t thought of it before, but he was right and I think it is the key to relaxing and building the strength to cope with the state of the world. My short cut to this more relaxed state is vegetable gardening and the connection it brings with the natural rhythms of the world. A gardening cliche, I know, and one I used to scoff at. But as they say there are none so keen as converts, and I’m one and I’m trying to share my enjoyment through my blogs.
- The broad beans keep comingIn my last article I said we were nearing the end of the broad beans I had grown over winter. That was wrong. We were still harvesting those I'd grown in pots in the greenhouse and then moved outside. We only started eating those planted directly in the garden about… Read more »
- In the greenhouseOur local supermarket recently changed hands and the new owners altered the separate workshop section where it was possible to buy pretty much any emergency DIY, hardware or gardening item into a discount section. I think mass panic broke out in the neighbourhood and some of the old items started… Read more »
- Carrots but no parsnipsDespite adding three new beds to our vegetable garden, effectively doubling the capacity since last year, we have almost run out of space. The garlic, onions and some of the brassicas, beans and peas I planted last Autumn are not yet ready to harvest and new plants are waiting to… Read more »
- Beans in flower for first anniversaryIt's just over a year since we started renovating our vegetable garden and recommissioning the greenhouse. Looking back at the old photos (below left April 2019, below right, same place April 2018) shows just how much we have managed to achieve - and more importantly sustain. Have we finally got… Read more »