Yesterday I had lunch with a very special friend. We were talking about different things that have happened in our lives and both agreed that some things happen for a reason. You may not know it at the time but looking back things start to connect..they are just meant to be.
I turned 44 on the 13th of July and needed reading glasses on the 14th of July. I'm exaggerating a little. My eyes hadn't been focusing as they used to for awhile, but on the 14th of July they had had enough. I went to the Optometrist and had the usual tests. It was when the Optometrist asked me about the amount of time I spend on a computer that made me realize that I spend too much of my day moving from one screen to the next. So while waiting for my new glasses to arrive, and making a conscious effort to reduce my screen time, the obvious thing to do was garden!
I recently made a new friend called Catherine. Catherine and I have many things in common, gardening being one of things at the top of the list. Although Catherine's gardening experience and knowledge far out ways mine..that hasn't stopped us drinking cups of tea and happily chatting about our gardens. After one long conversation I asked Catherine if she would consider coming to the farm every Friday and working in the garden with me. Teach me everything she knows. She agreed! So for the past two weeks Catherine and I have been in the kitchen garden, with my garden diary (thanks to Catherine) and notebook, planning, planting, digging, and feeding.
I have learnt so much already!
We have decided what we would like to grow for Spring and Summer, we have decided what each garden bed will grow for Spring and Summer, we have filled two compost bins, refilled the worm farm, made a weed tea, harvested the last of the Brussel sprouts, weeded, started sowing seeds in our new green house (thanks to my Benji), checked ph levels, and planted flowers. Catherine leaves me with my gardening homework to complete for the following week. I love it!
So I think turning 44, needing glasses and meeting my new friend Catherine was all just meant to be. Either way it makes me and my garden very very happy!