The days are definitely longer and certainly warmer now. The beautiful green hue of winter has given way to the yellow tinge of summer and with the warmer weather has come growth of all the seedlings we have been planting over the last few weeks. With about 3000 pumpkin, watermelon and rockmelon seeds; 600 tomato seedlings and many other varieties of vegetable seedlings, the big veggie patch is almost fully planted: the farm is really coming to life which is exciting!
The farm family has grown by 7 hens (4 retired from the egg farm down the road and 3 from a friend that is moving) and 1 sheep with a dodgy back legs who is now happily munching away in the grassed area next to the house with the chickens.
Of the 16 eggs that were being sat on by Bianca & Gloria, sadly only 2 chicks of the 4 that hatched, survived. They’re growing bigger every day and are enjoying discovering the farm with their mum and the other chickens.
My farming time is limited to weekends and after work so for the rest of the week my farmer is keeping things going and growing: to say the least, he is a very busy man!
You never know who you might meet each day.
It was standing room only on my daily train commute to Melbourne train and I took the opportunity to catch up on a few texts whilst I was standing. I got a small tap on my arm from a man sitting who then asked “Was the train full?” I had already noticed when I had put my laptop bag down that he had a folded mobility cane on the floor so realised that he must have limited vision.
That simple question turned into a delightful and uplifting conversation for the next half hour.
It turns out that at 18 years old, he was involved in a car accident that resulted in him being thrown from the car as it rolled. The resulting injuries left him hospital with his skull split open, damage to his brain, his ear cut off, deaf in one ear, blind in one eye, only 4% vision remaining in the other, and unable to walk. For two months, doctors believed he was virtually brain dead and unlikely to recover. He did however and now in his forties, he continues to live an active and fulfilled life.
In chatting to him about his life, there was no bitterness or negativity about his situation. He takes life one day at a time and enjoys every moment.
On this particular day he was on his way to Melbourne to go to his weekly wood working class. Over the years he has made tables and cabinets for his home and as gifts for family and friends: one very special one being a jewellery box for his daughter.
He lives on his own, walks to the shop, catches buses and trains as well as playing 10 pin bowling twice a week. This lovely man was getting on with life and making the most of every day. Meeting him was such a delight and really made my day!
Until next time, wishing you a day of love, laughter, happiness AND unexpected delights.
Joanna xo 🙂