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Reconnecting With Our Food

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When we bought our house complete with large garden, we had always dreamed of growing our own veg and digging out some plots.  The first year we were here, I made a start and then took a teaching post then became very ill, so it came to a standstill. We got some potatoes and nice courgettes and a few chillis, but that was about it.  Then I was pregnant and super ill. Last year, we fenced off a section at the bottom of the garden where we want to grow the veg and that was all that got done.  We really want to get a move on with it this year.  So my husband’s been hard at work, clearing out bushes and trees and digging out the plots. I’ve ordered potato seeds from Rocket Gardens and the rest of our seed from Real Seeds.  So this time there’s no turning back!!  Hopefully, we will have lots of lovely vegetables to eat in a few months time and our daughter will be able to grow up understanding how food grows and the right conditions that it needs to grow before it gets to the point of landing on our plates at the table.  Exciting times ahead!  Have you ever grown your own vegetables?  Any hints and tips for getting started?

When All Else Fails, Get Out In The Fresh Air

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We’ve had a difficult weekend here to say the least.  Quite dramatic happenings that have left everyone quite stressed and frazzled especially Miss E.  She is having a hard time unwinding from the events.  Yesterday she was clingy and screechy, and oh so sleepy wanting a nap in the day which doesn’t happen these days.  Again, today, she was very weepy and clingy in the morning and after a few hours up needed a nap.  I am struggling these days with low energy levels still and finding it hard going getting through the days.  As exhausted as I was this morning, I felt that both Miss E and I could do with some time in the fresh air.  The weather hasn’t been great recently, but today was dry and the sun was shining.  We set off to the park up the road.  It was quite chilly, but it was so nice to let the fresh cold air blow the stress and mess away from our minds.  Nothing changed, but we came home more relaxed and a lot happier than we had been before we left.  It’s amazing what even 30 minutes of fresh air can do for your overall wellbeing.

 

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If things are a bit stressful in your life right now, and you’re feeling overwhelmed, try a little walk in the fresh air, or even just going outside and being still.  Inhale and allow the air to cleanse your mind and soul of the frustrations.  Allow the sounds of nature to soak in and soothe you.

Yard work on a sunny Saturday

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Well, after weeks and weeks of rain, the sun has finally popped its head up today.  That means it’s time to get out in the garden and cut the grass.  It’s starting to look more like a meadow and a rather inviting home for a horse.  The garden is what attracted us to this house because it was so big.  I imagined our dogs running around it(they don’t run in it unless there’s a cat to chase), and I imagined a veggie patch at the bottom etc etc.  We’ve been here 2 and half years now, and has any of this materialised?  Nope!!  There was/is so much DIY needing done in the house to rectify mistakes from past owners that we’ve not been able to get time in the garden.  It looked like a jungle when we got the keys, and it’s worse now.  Bushes are taking over,weeds are the only flowers we have(and there are some huge weeds!) the grass is a nightmare to keep up with, and my veggie patch is currently a dumping ground for stuff that needs to be taken for disposal or recycling.  My grand plans for the garden have failed miserably, and I’ve definitely learned a lesson….don’t buy a house with a big garden, unless the inside of the house is in immaculate condition or it will go to waste especially if you’re not great with plants etc to begin with.  I’d like to get it sorted though because when I look out the back bedroom window it is a rather embarrassing sight indeed compared to our neighbours’ yards, but I also feel sad that there’s so much potential out there that we haven’t taken the time to unlock, and now with a little one we currently have even less time to unlock it and may never see it looking pretty in our time here.  We’ll make a start today though….at least the grass will be cut by the end of it if nothing else!  For all you people out there with big gardens and green fingers, how do you manage to keep on top of it all?!  I greatly admire you!  PS: please would you come and give my garden a make over?!?!? 🙂