Well, you can stay calm and have a coffee. I am not dead.
It has however, been so long. I don't know why I haven't written anything for this space. I often think that I should. To put my thoughts and opinions down. To temper them. To put them into perspective. First world problems my friends, first world problems. I sometimes do have to remind myself of that. To just pull myself from my own pity party and just have a bit of reality check. Yes, this year was meant to be the year where I find a steady state. To let things "be". But it turned out to be a year that I've needed to be reboot. And reboot. And reboot. I mean, FFS. Have you had one of those weeks, months or years?
As I write this I am conscious of the fact that I need to probably get up at 5.30am tomorrow - to make it to work. Conscious that I spent the whole of the last 12 months thinking that this would be when I would be on my holiday. Maybe a bucket list item. Or maybe just to say hello to the Southern ocean once more. Well, that's not how things have turned out.
Stability is still a distant destination.
But for now, I just want to refocus on the things that have served me well, to eat and live well. Whatever that means.
A few months ago, I started a new garlic bed. In went 250 garlic cloves, some wombok, cabbages and bokchoy. All are seemingly doing fairly well. I also have coriander to see me through the winter, mizuna, peas and hopefully beets will see me through to spring.
I have started to germinate my tomatoes, ready for a Summer that seems so far away. I finally got some Brandywine tomato seeds as I was unable to source any plants last year. I bought some horseradish from the farmer's market last week and I don't know if they'll do well, but I am starting to find comfort in my urban garden once more.I plan on increasing the depth of one of my garden beds so I can grow more root vegetables.
Yes, it is nice to focus on things that seem to work at a different speed to society.
Here is a photo which I took of one of my vietnamese mint bushes in the garden a while ago. To this day, it is still in bloom. I've eaten this herb all my life...and I've never seen it flower.
I will add more pictures in coming days of my urban garden.
My urban garden.