Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Simple things

Christina from Soul Aperture is hosting a Simple things day where we celebrate the simple things that make life wonderful. Different for everyone but if we savoured them a little more the world would be a much brighter place. So here are a few of mine.

Currently one of my favourite things is the hedge lined lane that leads from the top gate of the allotment site down to the middle car-park that our plot is adjacent to. I love the feeling of the hectic modern city life falling off your shoulders and the feel that you are driving or walking down a country track. If we had a standard open allotment site it would be a very different atmosphere but while our hedges have to be kept low enough to look over for security that is about 5 foot which is a struggle for me to look over and high enough to strongly remind me of the Devon hedges I grew up with. I don't have a photo of the lane and I don't know why next time I have the camera up there I will take one though I'm not sure a picture will really convey the feeling. For many years I have had a form of spring depression where I get very frustrated as the plants come to life that I can't walk along proper country lanes and into the woods, this year is the first time I haven't felt that and the allotment is the main reason for that.

Growing my own food however random and prone to gluts and gaps this year is. Particularly the variety and colours of potato leaves and flowers, we are growing a few each of about 20 varieties. Isn't this stripey one pretty !!Black currents - little balls of pure heaven and Treestump thinks so too !
He seems to share my fasination with trees too.
Treestump and the cute way he gets so excited and jumps on the spot going yes, yes when you get his bedtime drink ready.

The fact Noodles insists that Treestump's proper given name includes Treestump Stormtrooper as well as those names on his birth certificate.

The way both boys give me hugs and kisses for no reason other than they want to.

Fabric and the ability to make it into something more.

The smells of tomato leaf and gunpowder though not nessaceraly at the same time :)
The monthly box of chocolate from Hotel chocolat and sharing it with the boys, well I share a bit anyway.


kendalee said...

What a lovely list! I am in awe of those who grow their own anything, but especially food - how great to have an allotment. Your children have the best bloggy names I've ever seen and I love that in the minds of some, they are considered legitimate real names too - adorable! Hotel chocolat chocolate... Oh yeah, I'm so with you on that one.

meandering pearl said...

hello! a bee-utiful ist! with scrumptious black currents! have a simply lovely day!!!

Christina said...

Simple black currants will do the trick. Uhem... and chocolate. ; )

a sweet and simple list. full of beauty.

thank you. lovely.

elk said...

excited to visit here and relish your simple currants and chocolate...your little one has the right idea...jumping for joy is a good thing!

Sarah said...

This is a great list! I love the smell of tomato plants too! You are so lucky having an allotment. I went to an allotment open day near my house the other day and it was really lovely to see the variety of things they are growing. I got some unusual tomatoes, one of which promises to be purple! Treestump and Noodles-brilliant names!

elizabeth said...

that's a potato flower?! it's just gorgeous. my grampa used to grow potatoes and we'd help pick, but I never saw the fields until picking day - clearly.

we should all jump for joy more often!

I'm glad I got to read your list. :)

Anonymous said...

i dont think i have ever seen black currants on the plant. fabulous!

Sarah said...

Hi again!
This sunflower was from the self seeded batch from last year. They do much better in the garden at work than they ever do in mine as it is open and sunny. I have still to grow one of the giant ones either! Here's to next year!

Relyn said...

I've been out of town for weeks. In fact, I wrote my own simple things post on a borrowed computer. Anyway, I didn't want to miss visiting all of Christina's friends and reading their wonderful lists. I just wanted to say hello and tell you I enjoyed your list. I love that you get a monthly box of chocolate. That's a tradition I need to consider.

sunnymama said...

I love the picture of Treestump looking up at the tree :) Thanks for visiting my blog for The Simple Things, and sorry it's taken me so long to get here to visit!

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