I’m passionate about many things. Being outdoors is one of them. Gardening and growing my own food is another. Which is why I believe that the Grow Your Own revolution is so good for people to experience because there is nothing quite like the sensation of pulling a vegetable that you have grown with your bare hands from the ground.
I’ve got many weekends in the garden planned for the coming weeks as we discuss next year and get the garden ready for the Winter.
However, there is something that’s standing in the way of my passion for the garden right now. This something is stealing my love away from the lawn and forcing me to choose how I spread my affections.
That something is my new blue jacket.
Let me explain.
Every year at around this time I buy a new coat for the Winter. It is a treat for me and something I look forward to. Some years it is an investment coat and one that I know will last me a lifetime and some years I opt for something that has a little less longevity but I simply love it!
Last year I didn’t buy a new coat for Winter as I was steadily growing outwards with two babies in my tummy. Instead I dreamt of this year when I knew that I would be able to go out and enjoy buying my annual treat again.
And this is what I chose. My new blue jacket. I love it.
I love the colour, the feel of the fabric and the shape. I love that when I do it up I get my waist back again. I love that I can garden in it and feel like I am making an effort while not worrying too much about it getting a bit dirty. I love the fact that it makes me feel like I am making an effort even when I smell of baby sick with a dash of poo.
I’m one of those people that thinks that it’s OK to be utterly in love with clothes and revel in the way they make you feel. I became more like this while I was pregnant and forced in to clothing that really wasn’t that hot due to my size. Put it this way, I was unable to get in to regular maternity jeans after the third month and would dream of feeling good in clothes again.
See what I mean? This was a week before I had the babies and to be honest it wasn’t going very well. I’d had a false labour and by this point I couldn’t eat or sleep. Wow, looking at that picture I find it hard to remember what it was like. But I do remember lying there in my bed on those many nights when I couldn’t sleep and dreaming about feeling normal again. Feeling energetic and vibrant. Running around, laughing with my babies and gardening. Oh gardening, how I missed you. Don’t get me wrong, I got a lot done in the garden this last Summer but it was hard.
And now it’s easy again.
And I’m thankful and joyful and running around with a garden fork and my new jacket like a bit of a loon.
But my new blue jacket isn’t just lovely in colour, texture and cut. It is also highly practical and perfect for Autumnal weekends spent building bonfires.
Because it has short sleeves.
No grubby cuffs for me, oh no sirree!
*sigh* It’s the little things folks, the little things!
I love you. Have a really wonderful day and I’ll see you tomorrow.
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