I’m always tired in August – more than usual that is.
August is a turning point in many ways, not just the summer holidays, but when it comes to the vegetable garden, I’ve lost interest. It’s still rewarding and worthwhile, it’s just after many months of planning and physical hard work, by now, we’ve had enough.. we would like some time off please. Go the the beach, lie on a blankie, go for a walk, just chill, as it is summer. And we do – because life is too short, but the veg season is not over.. we come home to mountains of peas and beans etc, and have to pick them, and pod and prep, and process and freeze. We think of meals based not around ease, but around what veg is fresh. Making a meal becomes a long winded event… digging the spuds, picking and podding the peas.. lighting a fire.barbecue etc.
And then we chill, with a glass of cider maybe and enjoy the long evening. and then we start to water everything, and harvest some more, and put the birds to bed. And then its 10 pm.. and we come inside finally. But there are just a few jobs to be done, the ones that got neglected on account of the sunshine and life being too short.. the paying of bills and washing of dishes etc… and those other summer jobs, blanching and freezing veg etc.
Then finally, at around 11pm the evening can begin. Of course we are tired, but you need some wind down time, and besides I crave all day some time to play with fibre – dyeing, carding, spinning, knitting, crochet.. etc Not to mention I’m making things for my online shops.
But its ok, because it is the holidays and I don’t have to be up bright and early to begin home ed. So I stay up stupidly late – 2 or 3….
And then, of course, I still have to get up early in the morning. The birds need letting out, the doorbell rings for egg sales, and there is stuff to be done.
And anyway, life is too short… the sun is shining, we must make the most of it, and I shall go to bed at a sensible time ….well maybe….