All keen vegetable gardeners, including me, keep a diary because we love to compare crops from year to year and especially to take pleasure in the knowledge that we’ve broken a record, even if we can’t take any credit for it. I think a record may have been broken today because spears of asparagus have started to emerge from the ground. I usually only record the date when we start eating asparagus (the average, taken over ten years, is April 24th) but I’m always on the look-out and saw several emerging shoots today when I was picking some broccoli. I’m certain that they’ve never emerged as early as this before. Once it gets going asparagus can grow 6 inches in a day, but it won’t grow at all if the weather isn’t kind. This afternoon the rain was beginning to turn to snow. It may be a while before these incipient shoots are long enough to pick.
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.