The past few weeks have been another busy and diverse time here on the hill.... we've again seen our changes in weather; the dry spells, the wind , the rain, the sun, hail, cold and warmth, I've finished fencing around the veg patch and the crops are now growing unhindered by the previous rabbit onslaught. The cafe floor has been finished, the tables and chairs are back in and we're once again open for business (weekends only at the moment...there's so much to do in the field and i can't be everywhere at once!), I've learnt a new recipe for tea loaf from my granny...it is absolutely delicious! :-). Adam from countryfile and his cameramen have been to visit and bought an Irish moile bull from my dad and Margaret (it was aired last Sunday night on BBC 1 but is still available to see on the BBC I Player for anyone that wants to - -38 mins in i think! ) and the universe was amazing enough to send me an experienced and wonderful spinner called Hilary to stay in the cottage, who just happened to have the time to help me iron out all my spinning errors, teach me to ply properly and fill my head with loads of exciting and inspiring spinning facts.....and become a wonderful friend xxx
I heard a term used a few weeks ago, both on the allotments, and by my granny, that i hadn't heard before, they said the ground was starved. They meant of warmth, of the sun's rays, and it made me think about how important it all is...how there is such a gentle balance at play, the perfect amount of sunshine, against the perfect amount of rain... too much, or little of one, the plants suffer, the seeds don't germinate, the crops don't grow.
We are so blessed to live in one of the most wonderful growing climates on this planet, the range of food and plants that we can produce is so diverse...and yet hangs so delicately in the balance.
Do we take it for granted...probably
The last few weeks have brought with them the much needed sunshine, warming our earth and allowing seeds to germinate and roots to grow. This has been followed by a few days and nights of gentle rainfall..once again nature has worked her miracle mix of sun and rain and produced just the right conditions for lush growth.
and i want to say a huge thankyouto her ! :-)
thank you for the sunshine, thankyou for the rain, thankyou for the plants and for our food, thankyou for this life! :-)
It has got me thinking though.....
Last weekend brought with it the Jubilee celebrations...it was great to see everyone having fun, the families and friends getting together, the sence of community...
so it would be easier to not mention it, to just join in with the smiles, but i can't!!!! (my apologies if this dampens your day!)
but....Did you see all that waste?
In our local town alone, there was apparently 8 miles of plastic flag bunting!!! 8 miles in one town...and it was advertised in the local paper like it was huge achievement!
Can you imagine how many plastic flags were made, and thrown away, over one weekend.
And that doesn't include all the plastic cups, plates, all the waste food and drink.
We can't continue to take it all for granted.
This is not me preaching, i'm as at fault as the next man or woman, but we have to make a change at some point, or the gentle balance that produces this beauitful world will be lost.
Nature did it this time , she brought the balance that made it all grow, but if we continue to disrespect and take this planet, our greatest gift, for granted, will she always?
my very best wishes to you all xxxxxx
and loads and loads of love x