I’ve been feeling a creeping dissatisfaction of late, a feeling of restlessness, a nostalgia for something that I’m not quite sure existed any where but in my memory. I miss a (perceived) community that seems to have been squeezed out. We are now supposedly more networked than ever, yet I feel an emptiness in this and that something, somewhere has been lost. Not that I’m not thankful for the internet, I am, it’s a boon in so many ways, but I miss the ‘earlier’ days where bulletin boards and blogs were the order of the day. I felt I got to ‘know’ people more. I’m considering leaving FB, carving out a bit more time in the week to get back to blog reading and ‘talking’ to people on a more one-to-one basis. I’ve even been turning over the idea of a letter-writing (snail mail) circle over and over I my mind…
In the meantime I’m reading about food and gardening (always favourite things). Mark Diacono is currently my new favourite person – although I now have about five double A4 pages written up full of plants I want in the garden (bearing in mind that, at the moment, I can barely snatch ten minutes out there). And, of course, the wonderful Nourished Kitchen, inspiring my meal planning. Also a more unusual hearkening back to a past interest in anthroposophy in “Machines and the Human Spirit” (maybe more than a little inspired by my recent feelings towards social media).
Inspired by Spiralling the Seasons, I’m knitting a ball for HipHop (who wants to chew everything that he can).
Joining in with Nicole’s Keep Calm and Craft On and Ginny’s Yarnalong
July is a time when the garden really steps up a notch and we begin to get some sort of reasonable harvest from it (as chaotic as it currently is). It’s also the time other people’s gardens are in full swing and our neighbour very kindly gave us a small plastic sack of blackcurrant boughs (as she’d hacked back an old blackcurrant bush that she will be replacing in the autumn).
We had a team effort stripping the currants off and then split the 6lbs into half for making syrup/cordial and the other half for wine. From the syrup we made some rather delicious blackcurrant sorbet (as well as enjoying it as a drink).
We’ve also been busy harvesting and drying various herbs from the garden and keeping them either for cooking or medicinal uses (to that effect Moo has been infusing oils with calendula and lavender).
We celebrated my second son’s 19th birthday with a cheesecake made my Moo (short of a few snaffled strawberries) and enjoyed meeting up with friends to enjoy some of the sunny weather.
Stinkers, HipHop and I popped down to the south coast for a few days to spend some time with my Mum. Stinkers was very excited about going down to the seaside, but the weather wasn’t particularly good and there was only one (very windy) day that it was possible. However, the weather doesn’t affect sitting and chatting over coffee and it was really nice to catch up with my Mum and my second eldest (who’s currently staying with her whilst working on his holidays from university) and for my Mum to have the opportunity to meet HipHop for the first time.