We had a perfectly fine morning for our plant and cake sale – warm and no rain. Relief after the days of rain we have had here. Maybe, just maybe summer is on the way…..
I only managed to get one shot of the morning’s fun – I was too busy serving cake, arranging and selling plants, and yes chatting. The cakes all sold out quickly – memo to selves bake more next year. Some money was raised for the allotment association, and we all got to catch up on the gossip, swap stories of how poorly are plants are doing and share our hopes for a warm summer.
But then I look back at my words and wonder if I’ve painted some kind of Utopian picture.
Helping to run a self-managed allotment site is a tough job, its run by busy people who happen to be passionate enough about their hobby to be prepared to help out. There are times when all we seem to hear are moans and groans, complaints and ridiculous rumours; and you listen and nod in agreement, smile, or scotch the rumour, try and resolve the disagreement or fix the problem. And all the while I’m listening I’m thinking why don’t you get involved?! But I know that is not always possible. After all this isn’t Utopia.
It is afterwards I think about what can I do better, what we can collectively improve on. You see at heart I’m a positive person, an optimist. And I don’t want to let the moaners and groaners negativity win. The need to dust myself down and internally re-group occurs.
So the plant-cake sale could have been better attended with more people, more plants more cake. Then I remember the generosity of the cake bakers and the donators of plants, and the residents from neighbouring houses who came for a wander around the site and a chat. Their generosity made it what it was – a perfectly splendid morning. So no I don’t live in a Utopia and I remind myself that doing something is better than doing nothing at all. It certainly beats moaning and groaning!
And having read and enjoyed all the comments from Saturday’s post I’d like to say thanks for reading, following, liking and especially commenting, it literally gives me encouragement! So how about a small bowl of strawberries, freshly picked, still warm from the sun, sweet and juicy as a thank you? Life’s good!