Mar 21, 2013

Another spring

This was Monday, March 18. The whole day.

I was not very pleased, it has been a very long and cold winter, I was longing for some warmish spring days. Even though the sun was shining and melting the snow by Tuesday night, the wind was chilly. Until today. Today was one of those days when the sky is clear blue, the sun has the perfect temperature to make you want to be outside all day long and the air is just cool enough. So I decided to go help my Grandparents in their garden. This was one of the things I put on my list about a month ago, when I graduated: I wanted to learn to grow a garden and who could teach me best than my Grandpa, who practically lives in his garden, experiments growing virtually anything and has been doing it for decades? Plus, it is so nice to spend some quality time with two of the people I love the most, who looked after me when I was I baby and a toddler and a child and helped me build some of the most cherished memories.
Truth is, today was only the second time I went to their garden. After graduating I had some sort of physical/psychological breakdown, and all I wanted to do was sleep, hang out with friends and generally relax. But some days, especially sunny days, I start to feel restless at home and I find that being outside, feeling the soil beneath my feet, seeing the trees bloom and the small plants coming out from the earth is the best cure. There are peas and radishes and salads of so many kinds, and today I saw for the first time tiny carrot plants!

Apricot trees are starting to become pink with delicate flowers and life slowly emerges from winter. I love the smell of the soil, and to be truthful I never thought I would.
Even though my Grandparents garden is big and messy, even though I am afraid of insects and will have to be very brave once they start coming out of their sleep, even though I felt sorry for the little mole my Grandpa killed because moles ruin all the roots, I just love being in that garden and I can't wait to forage all the vegetables I helped plant.
I will try to write more about the garden and what I cook with homegrown vegetables, for now let's hope spring has indeed arrived!

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