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If full of care….

“What is this life if full of care, we have no time to stop and stare…..”Veggies 003

…..the words have been going around in my mind and nagging me for weeks. I know that I should ‘stop and stare’ but somehow the to-do lists win more times than not. The autumn is always such a busy time in the kitchen garden….gathering harvests, digging, sowing, dismantling structures, cleaning, storing……and copious hours spent in the kitchen ‘processing’ all the bounty….all this combined with work, family etc ad infinitum and it can feel like I am forever chasing my own worn out tail.

…..but then a moment comes, unplanned, when I find myself sitting still for a second outside my shed…..doing nothing, staring, without a thought, out over my veggies. It is a wonderful feeling and as I become conscious of it I allow it to grow. I allow my senses to breathe and come back to life.

My eyes are the first to engage; with the colours all around me, with the changing light, in noticing the birds chancing their luck for worms in the freshly turned soil. As I watch and look my ears, too, tune in; there are squirrels chattering in the elderberry tree behind the shed, the gas is gently hissing on the stove…..somewhere, a little further away, someone is playing piano. I close my eyes and let my ears do the seeing….I can feel the weak autumn sun on my cheeks, the faintest of breezes catches a few whisps of hair that have escaped their grips….

….and then the smells come. Damp leaves, damp soil…rich, dark brown smells. A whiff of wood smoke  and with it myriad memories of my grandparent’s place. I am transported and my to-do lists are a million miles away.

These moments on the plot are as precious to me as any of the veg I grow. I should make more time for them…..

Let us all put away our lists…..just for a moment……and stare.

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12 thoughts on “If full of care….

  1. It is so beautiful. These little essays that form glimpses of your plot life. Thank you for sharing them with us.

    1. …. thank you for reading and for your kind comment.

  2. This is a very thoughtful essay. I try to stop and enjoy things a bit more these days myself. Everybody is in a hurry.

  3. What a lovely essay. You have so many beautiful talents…garden, kitchen, crafts, performing, writing, compassion…the list just keeps going and going. Thank you for sharing some of them with us. <3

  4. Hi Vivi. I need to stop in my busyness. It is so easy to have your head down digging and miss the glorious-ness of the garden. As a gardener we are so privileged to see things many folks miss out on… and we get delish things to eat! Thanks for the reminder.
    Cheers Sarah : o )

  5. I love these words from you Vivi they sum up everything that I feel for my plot and Nature as well, It’s so lovely to read thoughtfully written words.

  6. Awesome post thank you for sharing with us and have a blessed day

  7. Lovely Vivi. Simply lovely. 🙂

  8. Thanks for reminding us to just ‘enjoy’ our plots/gardens. That’s why “time for a cuppa tea” is so important !!

  9. A beautiful description Vivi and spot on! I love those ‘connection’ moments just sitting in the garden. There can never be enough of them.

  10. We took on our allotment this February and during our first day of digging I thought of that poem……. such a coincidence. (Is your quote from the poem Leisure by Davis? ). Your blog is a lovely reminder of the natural joys of an allotment.

  11. A day without Vivi is a day without joy.

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