Driving through the Kent countryside last week there were stalls every few hundred yards selling cherries, something you would never see in these parts. But even though growing conditions here in Cumbria aren’t ideal for cherries we’ve produced a very decent crop this year- our first. I planted the cherry trees three years ago, using dwarf rootstock, so that the trees won’t grow too large. The problem with most cherry trees is that, when they are mature, the crop can’t be harvested because it is out of reach, so it’s only good for the birds. Our small trees has branches which can be easily reached and which can also be netted easily if necessary. Which makes things easier for the Slow Life.
The idea of Slow Life is to take the principles of Slow Food, which are “good, clean and fair”, and extend them to life in general.
Here in the Lake District, the air is clean, the pace is slow and the atmosphere is calm. If we don’t grow food ourselves, we can buy it in friendly small shops, where you know the quality is going to be the best.
This blog is a celebration of the Slow Life, with forays into the world of design, music, the arts, gardens, and my particular weakness, Japan.