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What changes have you made or would like to make?

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grannyactivist Sat 25-Sep-21 13:35:12

I am so glad we have an allotment! It has (albeit slowly) brought about so many good changes in my life that I thought I’d share.

We’ve had our allotment for eleven years now and it’s still a case of trial and error, but it has been wonderful to grow so much of our own food. We now primarily eat food that’s in season, although we do of course freeze our surplus. I’m also much more experimental with cooking as some food (marrows anyone?) has not been high on my list when it comes to choosing to cook it. I’ve been pushed into finding recipes that previously I wouldn’t have tried and as a consequence I’ve discovered that yes, even marrows and cucumbers (other vegetables are available) can be made into something delicious.

I’ve learned how to make tasty wine, cider, and liqueurs. I’ve incorporated many more vegetables into home baked cakes - and now do as much baking as I used to do when the children were at home. I love creating home-made jellies, jams, marmalades, chutneys and pickles and in addition to my usual ‘go to’ recipes I’ve begun to experiment with different combinations and flavours. When the grandchildren are here they see the full gamut of stages of food growth from planting the seeds, to picking, preparing and eating the produce. It also forces me to go out and be physically active.

My children are delighted to be the recipients of much of my efforts and now engage in discussions about what should be grown/made/baked next. One son recently bought me several fruit trees and I make him his favourite fig jam, another brings me some of the fish/lobsters/crabs he catches and goes away with jam, elderflower cordial and a couple of cakes.

In short, having an allotment is hard work, unpredictable and eats into my time, but it has been the catalyst for some really good changes in my life.

So, what changes have you made or would like to make?

Septimia Sat 25-Sep-21 14:16:03

Like a lot of people, we started growing food during lockdown - although we used to grow all sorts of things years ago, but not in the current garden. We're at the beginning of the learning curve, discovering what will grow and what's worth growing, but we've had some minor successes (lots of wild rocket!). It's very satisfying whe something actually grows!

DH loves to collect blackberries and other fruit - we often get apples and raspberries from next door. We put much of it in the freezer and I make mixed fruit jam at the end of the season. If there are lots of apples we juice some.

Kim19 Sat 25-Sep-21 14:19:55

Hats off to you both. Sounds too much like hard work for me these daya.

grannyactivist Sat 25-Sep-21 18:56:58

Kim19 I won’t deny it’s often hard work, but particularly since COVID hit it’s been a game changer for me. We have a shed on the allotment with a lovely patio and the river runs just behind it, so if I take a couple of hours off to relax I can read my book or snooze to the sound of flowing water. Bliss.

And my freezers and larder are always full, so when the shelves in the shops really are empty I’ll be in high demand with my friends and family. Just a pity I don’t have an oil well too! 😂

Forsythia Sat 25-Sep-21 19:04:14

I really admire you, well done! It all sounds delicious. I have a cooking apple tree and make lots of things with those including jams, chutneys, crumbles etc combined with other things. I’d like to do more, and have done a few veg before, but we are never too successful.

Neen Sat 25-Sep-21 22:46:29

Good questions.
Have made many healthy boundaries and been kinder to myself and still learning.
Would love to volunteer and help people realise anyone can write poetry when I find a rental and get settled ( middle of divorcing ) . I love poetry and writing and would love to encourage others.

BigBertha1 Sun 26-Sep-21 06:34:53

I'm going to change the small bedroom into a study/refuge and get on with my writing. Both grandson and nephew are at college and university now so I doubt they will ever come to stay again sadly.

Urmstongran Sun 26-Sep-21 06:50:44

I’m very impressed grannyactivist! It all sounds wonderful and good to be eating ‘with the seasons’.

My small contribution on here is that I’ve finally mastered the art of saying ‘no’ kindly. I turn down invitations that I don’t fancy with a smile and a polite ‘perhaps next time?’. I’m such a people pleaser it was a hard transition for me!

Judy54 Sun 26-Sep-21 14:43:41

I am with you on that Urmstongran Lockdown has enabled many of us to reassess our lives and look at how and with whom we spend our time. It is important to live our lives the way that we want to and not how other people dictate. Now I put my own needs first and say no to things I don't want to do and to people who use me for their convenience and what they think I can give them without giving me anything in return.

Kim19 Sun 26-Sep-21 14:57:30

Tell you what runs through it all for me, ga. You have such a positive attitude. I love that in people. More power to your elbow.

grannyactivist Sun 26-Sep-21 14:59:28

The changes I mentioned above have been a gradual thing, but I think I’m pretty good at seizing opportunities as they arise even though sometimes it requires real effort and is not easy. Some people I know, and not always older ones, have become set in their ways yet can be heard complaining about the limitations of their lifestyles. I understand that for some people who’ve had traumatic life events change can be scary, but I genuinely don’t know why people complain about life, but never seek to change. confused

grannyactivist Sun 26-Sep-21 15:01:52

Thanks for the encouraging comments. ☺️