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The trick is to stay calm…I think

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‘My mountains’, a place where you can feel nothing but calm and peaceful.

I cannot wait for winter!

That’s all I’m going to say about the intense heat we are experiencing at the moment…

You guys are really an unpredictable lot, do you know that? I just can’t crack you… But I will… πŸ˜‰ If I’ve got one good attribute, it is staying power.

So today, I’m going to write without passion, without emotion. I’m going to be very ladylike, very contained, and super soft spoken. Maybe that is the ticket…

The tomatoes I’ve bragged about a few times, have come to the end of their lives. They are all ‘tomatoed out’, not that that is a real expression, but I’m sure you know what I mean. I think it was mainly my own fault. They started off so well, and I got such a great yield at first, that I didn’t even think about giving them some extra plant food to keep them going. Silly me.

I’ve started new seedlings, and this time around I will definitely try and remember to give them some nutrition to keep them going. Until they start bearing fruit, I have to buy tomatoes again, which is a bummer – they just don’t taste the same.

Tiny new tomato seedlings top L, chili plants top R, and some straggly Italian parsley at the bottom.

I can’t remember if I told you that I recently discovered YouTube? I think I did, but anyway – I’ve used YouTube for years, but mainly to listen to music, or to find songs of which I know part of the lyrics but can’t remember the name, etc. Then there were a few things that I wanted to learn how to do, like mosaic crochet for example, so I started using YT for that as well.

Now it is my go-to channel. Netflix I find boring, their range is not big enough for me. And whatever else we have available here just doesn’t cut it either.

But YT has it all. I’ve discovered that I have a HUGE interest in archeology and history (who would’ve guessed!), and I like throwing in a bit of gymnastics every now and then, with a quick switch to a cooking channel, or a song or two. It has everything.

So while I am knitting or crocheting away to keep myself happy and calm (my therapy), I watch YT, and I am all the happier and calmer for it. Yay…

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™‚

Here there, this that…

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Sunset on the farm, exactly a week ago.

I cannot believe that I haven’t posted anything for more than a week! Aaaaarggggghhhh!

I am not going to go into all the details about why, suffice it to say, I was away, I was really busy, and I managed to spend an hour or so on the farm, my previous happy place.

I heard that a lot of countries have been ‘downgraded’ again due to our common enemy, Mr. Covid, and my heart goes out to you all. Hang in there, this too shall pass! πŸ™‚

I’ve been going through emotional ups and downs myself lately. I miss all my children all the time, (but especially the faraway ones, since I am lucky enough to see my eldest son relatively often), finances are not ideal and I don’t see relief in the near future, and I just need things to go back to normal again…

Enough whining! Onto the positive stuff! πŸ™‚

I’ve planted some tomatoes a while back, and they have really taken off the last week. I’m hoping to get a good harvest, as we use quite a lot of tomatoes. I have also planted beans, and they are slowly getting there too. My roses have exploded, and they look and smell heavenly! So all in all, my garden is a joy at the moment. Working in the garden also gives me an ideal opportunity do the ‘earthing’ thing, and even if it doesn’t live up to all the promises, I do feel good after I’ve spent some time barefoot in the garden, and that’s the main thing. (I’m NOT saying that it doesn’t deliver, I haven’t done enough of it yet to form an opinion, and besides being quite stressed, I don’t have health issues that I needed to resolve by earthing.)

Tomatoes left, and spinach.
My old English roses.

With the flowers and the fruit, there are also a lot of birds in my garden, and I thought that I’d like to attract even more, so I am going to build myself a few feeders. (Or maybe just buy some… I’ll get back to you on that… πŸ˜‰ ) Since I’ve got a little guesthouse in my back garden, and there are a LOT of birders out there, it might be something they’ll enjoy when they stay over. What do you think? Maybe with a little journal where they can record the birds they’ve seen?

Until next time, blog friends, breathe deeply, stay calm, and be safe. πŸ™‚