Time Out

Is it through having spent too much life in the world of primary education that weather extremes – snow, high winds… and heat – are a reason to abandon the normal and allow in the lord of misrule?

Doors and windows stay open all night, instead of clearing up at the end of the day things are just left outside and above all there is a sense that nothing really matters.

How we feel the weather, as with everything else, depends on the story we choose to tell ourselves. Currently stories are in conflict: we remember golden summers from the past, the like we thought we would not see again; then we wonder if long hot dry periods followed by a succession of strong storms are the emerging pattern of the future…

Meanwhile all we can do is experience each moment to its fullest – as food is created in front of our eyes…

Courgettes and squash are notoriously prolific but for some reason we decided to grow ours in the polytunnel this year and so magnified their expansion
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We have to collect the strawberries each day and are forced to eat them before they over ripen
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Tomatoes are coming
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Peas and beans on the way
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Beetroot ready
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It will be a race against the Blackbirds for the soft fruit
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The Kale is well locked down
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As soon as crops are eaten
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we quickly re-sow
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We can pretend we are surrounded by tropical flowerings
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and each day, as the sun finally recedes, it sends parting shafts
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Here is one creature we greet each morning as it (or they) to and fro from a chosen home
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Another story is that what is really happening all around is a desperate attempt to keep going. This Blackbird, presumably on its second brood, does not give way on the short cut grass as each moment is needed for pulling out worms for the waiting brood.
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The fruit trees echo that story – lets get the fruiting done then we can go to sleep for the winter
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The sheep just keep their heads down and hope for the best
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2 thoughts on “Time Out

  1. Those parting shafts of light are beautiful, if I take a stroll when the sun is high , we see them too. They catch the tops of the trees for a few minutes as the sun goes down.
    I love the sun on those broad green leaves.
    We seem to be struggling with the heat in the poly tunnel, Phil wanted to alter it to make mesh sides, the lettuce cooked in there the other day!!

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