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.
- Ready for a diet of healthy winter greensAt the start of August we planted the new bed with winter brassicas, covered them with super-fine micro mesh and looked forward to curly kale, broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower in the darker months to come. Our summer cabbage and kale had been plagued with snails and slugs and, despite the… Read more »
- Over crowdedThe first batch of seeds I sowed this year either germinated quickly, became straggly and many died or did not germinate at all. On the second attempt I sowed far more than I needed not expecting much success. However, all but the cape gooseberries germinated and thrived. Result: too many… Read more »
- 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 »