Found it difficult getting hold of a small vintage sieve, but found a pack of 3 small sieves some time ago in Homebargains. The pack cost 99p (a real bargain), but they looked “too shiny” and “new” for the old-worldly look I was hoping for.
That’s when I came up with an idea for ageing them quickly! I thought I’d try it with one first in case it didn’t work out.
Gardening is CHEAPER than THERAPY…..and you get tomatoes.
Tee hee! Not exactly a huge crop, but it made me smile.
So far this year, our 2 raised veggie beds have produced mixed salad leaves, horse radish, spring onions, salad turnip and parsley. We’re still waiting on potatoes, beetroot and more Baby and Plum tomatoes to ripen and pick.
Hubby reckons there’s about 150 tomatoes in the greenhouse that have yet to ripen which isn’t bad considering we only have 6 tomato plants out there in the first place.
It’s funny, but we’d never have created a veggie garden if it hadn’t been for lock down. Now, I can’t imagine not having our own fresh produce.
On Sunday afternoon, hubby and myself packed a picnic basket and headed out into the countryside. It was misty and even drizzly at times, but it was quietly comforting being inside the warmth of the car enjoying the scenery in passing after not having taken a trip like this in so long.
We kept well within the required ‘local’ vicinity (i.e. a 5 mile radius of home) but even so it seemed like another world! I couldn’t fathom if this was because we hadn’t been into the countryside for a good long while or because the weather seemed to drape the old familiar in a protective misty blanket making it take on a totally different appearance and atmosphere—perhaps it was a little bit of both.
Don’t be afraid to go into the mist—be excited because you don’t know where you will end up.
The countryside was so incredibly ‘quiet’ and ‘still’ and in a way it felt as if we’d stepped back in time to when there was much less traffic and noise on the roads and everyone walked or cycled from village to village. It was nice to get a ‘glimpse of a kind’ into what life may have been like years ago (before most people could afford a motor vehicle)…. and I believe I could definitely get used to it—the peace and quiet side of such anyway!
I was reminded of a saying that has been repeated in various places over the past few months and one which has stuck in my mind since hearing it:
In the rush to return to normal, use this time to consider which parts of normal are worth rushing back to.
So many of us have tasted a more relaxed and much simpler pace of life in recent months and it’s going to be difficult adapting back to the ‘norm’ we once knew—if such is even possible that is—but perhaps like the above quote by Dave Hollis suggests, we can be a bit more careful about what we choose to include in our new ‘norm’ and what we can leave behind with the old now that we have tasted the difference.
I love to wander in nature along with my camera and absorb the scenery around me. I like to take my time to look—I mean “really look” at the beauty that often goes unnoticed when we are busy and don’t (or can’t) take the time to slow down.
If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere. — Vincent Van Gogh