One of the squirrels which visit The Blue Garden daily, is very busy these days. She collects sunflower seeds and bury them. Little squirrel is saving food for the winter and is not aware that seeds planted in soil grow. The result is that sunflowers pop up everywhere in The Blue Garden.
The squirrels have a tiny little voice in their head telling them that collecting food for a long and cold winter is something you have to do if you want to survive, and my sweet little squirrel has a strong wish to survive. Lucky for her I will feed her all winter, so though she will be unable to find much food in the buried seeds, she can visit one of the bird feeders and enjoy her meals.
In my head there is also a tiny little voice telling me to harvest the fruits of nature for the long and dark winter ahead. Unfortunately this voice has become very weak with overfilled grocery stores almost around every corner. I will survive even if I don't harvest one apple.
I am trying to help this tiny little voice to grow. Even though the grocery stores are close and it is easy to get bananas from around the world all year, I will listen to the voice which tells me the importance of the Slow Life, the life where I know that vegetables haven't grown in a freezer in a supermarket. An apple from the grocery store can never taste the same as the one I have seen grown for months from a small pink flower, there is a special satisfaction in knowing that I have shelves filled with juice and jam made from fruits and berries from our own garden down in the coldroom in the basement, no spa hotel can give me a more fulfilling treatment than a hike in the hills and mountains to pick wild berries, no expensive charter tour can give more exciting experience than go fishing with a local farmer, catch the trout of the year and prepare it into a gourmet meal.
We don't all live on farms where we can produce our own food, we don't all have gardens, we don't all have the wildlife table right outside our livingroom windows. But we can all care more about what we eat, we should all give ourselves the satisfaction to start a meal from scratch, to really see what a piece of fresh mutton looks like, to know how to wash the carrots and to peel the peas............I am going on and one in circles here, it is still too early for the well written words, but you get my point, don't you? I do hope that you all know the deep satisfaction of blueberry blue fingers!
The photos shows the result of our apple harvest. Our appletree is still a newborn baby and gave us 10 apples this year. Next year we will fill the bowl.