Sound odd coming from a retired person? I still suffer to some degree from work-life imbalance, albeit the ‘work’ is not of the paid variety. At least that’s what I tell myself. For example, I rarely find time for those organisational tasks that appeal to my orderly self. You know the ones I mean – decluttering the wardrobe, ‘stocktaking’ the pantry and sifting through recipes – discarding those that haven’t got the remotest chance of making it to our table.
That said, I devoted a few hours time recently for something thats been irking me for longer than I care to remember – cataloging my photos. In this era of smartphone photography and files that sync in the ‘cloud’ to laptops and other devices, the tendency is to build a vast collection of images without discarding one. Before you know it photo libraries become unmanageable. I used to be so good at key-wording and am desperate to get back on track.
Keeping in touch with friends and family is something else that falls by the wayside. Days become weeks and without realising it months (or to my chagrin a year or so) have disappeared never to be recovered. Forget New Year, in my opinion spring is the best time of year to resolve to get together with favourite people. With weather kinder and days longer, I don’t know about you but I’m itching to make plans, get outdoors and, if like me picnics are your thing, eat alfresco.
By coincidence a few weeks ago I received an email from special family friends asking if we could meet up while the children were on holiday. It just so happened that daughters No2 ad 3 and their respective children were also be in the vicinity. It made for a lovely day together enjoying outdoor adventure at Moors Valley Country Park. What a great venue at the very affordable price of a day’s car parking i.e. £10.
On another occasion, the Hill Farmhouse friends we’d shamefully neglected – more so because Mr G has been very poorly – got in touch and as a consequence we shared a very pleasant lunch and caught up with news. I took wild garlic soup as a peace offering. I tell you Jamie Oliver’s version of leek and potato soup in his Super Food Family Classics is a winner. He makes it super-easy keeping the peel on the potatoes and super-green by adding kale at the end of its cooking period. I ring the changes with any greens I fancy and the wild garlic alternative was superb. Try it! But soon as the wild garlic season is a short one.