It’s a great luxury to visit a flower show on Press Day, before the crowds arrive. The Lakes Hospitality Association have a marquee, so I’ve been able to sneak in as part of the build-up team. The garden which has attracted all the interest is”A Matter of Time” by Tony Smith which features a naked alien in a bed of lettuces, but the garden with the most chutzpa is “A Handbag of Memories” designed by Dori Miller. I just happened to be admiring the garden when thirty girls wearing pink boas burst onto the scene and into song. They were the Chester community choir, whose tenth anniversary the garden celebrates, and I’m quite sure that none of the tens of thousands of visitors to the show will have had more fun than we did this afternoon.
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.