As we go through this strange pandemic with its requirement for social distancing, it is good to find ways to contribute and to receive the contributions of others to our own lives.
This week I gave away some produce from my garden, including these gorgeous ruby red pomegranates. In harvest season we get more than we can use. Last year we made up little packets of the niblets and froze them but we still had more than we could use in a year. It felt good to be able to offer them to others.
We were given a trailer load of 'clean fill' -ie garden soil -left over from someone else's building renovation -and took it to DS's place in our trailer to help fill up one of their large raised garden beds.
We found some stables near the racecourse and got 3 free bags of Horse Poo! Gold for our compost and those new garden beds!
I watched some great videos with 'how to' information -one of them on how to make great compost. It inspired me to ask DH for some signs:
I consolidated my compost bins and have instigated the "fill one, stir one" approach which is already having good results. The one I am stirring is now nicely warm and steams when I stir it each day. Compost is such great food for gardens -it is time I got more canny about making it. I am always on the lookout for 'brown and dry" material to add to the compost -our food scraps are too soggy on their own. I hope to get a trailer load of free mulch next weekend from the local council, and add some to the garden and the compost bins, as well as take some over to DDILs garden.
Most of our children are now staying home from school, and the government has closed the playgrounds. In order to entertain children who are going for walks around our streets, many people are putting out their teddies so that the children can go on a bear hunt, or they are chalking rainbows on the footpath to encourage us all in our socially distant exercise regimes. Here is my teddy - I had to give him a rope seatbelt because he was falling off the chair in the wind! DD says it looks like I have him hostage!
We used to have a regular Friday night dinner with some friends, so we have taken it online as 'virtual drinks" and it is good to be able to catch up. I have noticed that friends and family are taking care to keep in touch via actual phone calls! This is good for us all.
We have had over the fence, in the driveway and socially distant conversations with our grandchildren -they hate it that we can't be together, and so do we. Mr DGS1 said "The person making the rules is mean!" and we all agree. However, we can see each other even if there are no hugs at the moment.
Thanks so much for dropping by and reading my little blog. I appreciate the way we are connected -please feel free to add a comment or to tell me how you find yourself giving and taking at the moment.