Saturday, 21 June 2008

mother nature's son.....?


I was talking to a friend a few weeks ago. Something was coming up and I couldn't remember the exact date.

'It's the Monday of the week in which the summer solstice falls' I said.

'What?' he said. 'You do complicate things'.

That told me a lot about our respective lives.

As a gardener, the lengthening or shortening days, the turning of the seasons, the weather, are all really important.

As an asparagus grower, for instance, I know that I stop cutting on the solstice (June 21st) and allow the ferns to grow to maturity and build the strength of the plant for the following year. One of the landmarks in the natural year.

That disconnection with the real world that is a reason why there is no linkage in our minds between our actions and climate change. Why should there be. Irrespective of where we are in the calendar, all of the food collected this week and shown in the photograph is available in the supermarkets throughout the year.

Shoppers may buy in plastic bags this weekend just the same food as I collected this week. They won't get the satisfaction or the taste. Or a connection with what is real that comes free with every forkful.

Enjoy the solstice.

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