|The potager, rotivated and neatly mowed|
Day fifty, 5th May 2020
The big 50
Today we have arrived at day fifty of life in lockdown, and this feels like a significant enough number for me to mark today as something special. A quick Google search brought up the fact that in numerology, the number fifty expresses its sense of personal freedom and focusses on the positive side of things, not the negative. With France (hopefully) entering its final week of strict confinement, I think we are all focusing on our personal freedom and I’m sure I’m not the only one who needs a reminder every now and then to look to the positives rather than the negatives.
|My confinement crops|
The storms that rumbled around us overnight gave way to a bright, clear day although it was a little too breezy out there for me. The plan for this afternoon was for Ed to mow the orchard with the tractor, while I did the grass in the potager with the small mower and Adrian rotivated the vegetable plot. We would then be one step closer to getting the courgettes, squash and pumpkins planted out. Ed and I sowed the first seeds on day two of lockdown, so I’m really keen to get them to their final home before next Monday. I have decided that this year’s crops shall be known as the confinement crops.
Things didn’t quite go to plan and after mowing only two lengths of the potager I found myself back indoors, with Mini looking after me as we listened to the gentle hum of the boy’s mowers. I'm feeling pretty pathetic and rather pissed off as although there are many gardening jobs I know I have to be careful doing, mowing is usually ok. Today, the combination of a bright, sunny day, with a breeze making everything move around in front of my eyes, was too much for my photosensitive brain. On a positive note, I was able to recognise the warning signs and avoid succumbing to a full seizure, which I’m sure Adrian was rather glad of.
The rest of the day has passed in a lazy haze and enjoying listening to Ed playing his guitar. Just so you can have a listen to him too, here is his latest YouTube video, a track that is a real blast from my past, performed in a way that made us smile.