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Softly, softly…

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I decided to go easy on you today. To tread, oh, so softly, softly…

I am ecstatic that my tomatoes are doing so well!! Remember my earlier post about my garden? Well, I’ve been picking some tomatoes – organic, pesticide free – regularly for more than a week (probably more than 2 weeks already, time goes by so quickly!), and new baby ones keep appearing on the vines. Happy me! πŸ˜€ (See, not grumpy and asking uncomfortable questions all the time… πŸ˜‰ ) I’ve started putting some shade netting over them, to save them from the birds.

My heirloom ‘Oxheart’ tomatoes.
My thriving tomato plants. Can you see all the green ones?

Still on the subject of food – something that is very dear to my heart πŸ˜‰ – today I canned, or tried to can, some cherries. We bought two boxes, and I’m worried that they are going to go off quicker than we can eat them, so for the first time ever, I did some canning! We will find out soon if it was a successful endeavour or not. Now I just need to make some lovely vanilla ice cream to have with the cherries on Christmas day…

Cherrieeeeeees!

I have also started looking at a Christmas menu. I know, I know, I left it a bit late! But that’s just me. We do have a ham already, and there are the cherries and ice cream. So, I have to still fill in the rest. Soon, soon…

Enjoy your Friday – I know in big parts of the world it is not Friday anymore – and your weekend, if we don’t chat again soon.

Going slow.

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Horses in a field, on one of my walks.

Slow down. Take a deep breath.

I know it is Monday and all, but do you have to be in such a hurry? If you are five minutes late for work, will it be the end of the world?

A few years ago I heard about the ‘slow movement’ for the first time. I was curious, so I tried to find out what it was and what it meant. I loved what I discovered!

Slow living is a lifestyle that emphasises a slower approach to aspects of everyday life. It has been defined as movement or action at a relaxed or leisurely pace.” ~ Wikipedia

“It’s quality over quantity. It’s doing things with presence, being in the moment. ” ~ Carl HonorΓ©

More than the above, it is also seen as an opportunity to be self-sufficient, and it has changed so many people’s lives. Moving out of cities into rural areas or small towns. Getting in touch with nature and the earth. Spending more time together as families and so much less time running around worrying about making tons of money.

It started in Italy (where else!) with the emphasis on traditional food production techniques.

It is HUGE at the moment – just take a look at YouTube channels. A lot, and I mean a LOT of videos about people moving to cottages, and planting fruit and veg, keeping chickens and generally enjoying a slower pace of life. All of them with soft, ‘calming’ music playing in the background, of course… πŸ˜‰

I know, firsthand, that it is not always as easy and idyllic as it looks on Instagram or YouTube. You have to be very sure that that is what you want out of life. And then, if things get difficult, you have to stick it out, it will get easier.

Generally, I’ve noticed that the people that were successful at their jobs in the cities, find something in the country that rings their bell, and then they get very successful at that too! Like cheese making, or bee farming, or pickled quails’ eggs. It sort of defeats the purpose as far as I’m concerned, because that lands you right back into the rat race! But to each his own. I suppose that the difference is that now they work for themselves, and they don’t have to face the traffic every morning.

I am a huge fan of slow living. That does not mean that I am successful at it – however that ‘success’ may be defined. I plant veggies, like I told you in a previous post, so far spinach, tomatoes and runner beans. I sometimes try to can/pickle/cure – sauerkraut, preserved lemons, olives, etc. Once in a while I bake.

I do a lot of the things that people have stopped doing over the years due to a lack of time. But I do not always spend my time purposefully, that I have to admit. I spend a lot of time doing nothing, which is not ideal. I probably spend too much time on my laptop, but to my defense, I am trying to create a following for my blog!

I also play with my dog and take her for walks.

What I like the most – I get up slowly in the morning. I have a quiet mug of coffee outside in the garden, in my pj’s. And I start the day slowly, at my own pace.

Until next time, slow down, breathe! πŸ™‚