2020

DSC01821 EditA blooming, buzzing confusion. Yep, I'm out in the garden. Well, actually I'm sitting in the conservatory, watching the trees (yes, trees in a garden that measures 6m by 4m) being whipped around in the rather stiff easterly breeze. But the sun is out and the sky is cloudless. What's not to like?

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It is a pity you can't give people some kind of injection to kick start an interest in nature, in growing things, in gardens and in being outdoors just for the sheer kerpow of feeling the air on your face. It would do wonders for the nation's mental health. Overnight, people would become gentler, slower, more thoughtful, more

patient, more willing to give and take. They could come to realise that there, in plain sight the whole time, existed a miracle they would never discover on a Spanish beach, that could never be experienced even in the most realistic sim; nature - an anti-sim whose pixel depth and colour gamut knows no limit, whose capacity to surprise and delight is limited only by our own imagination.

Go outside and look at a leaf, and I mean really look. Look closer, now closer still. Keep going, closer and closer until your eyeball is practically touching the leaf blade. See? No 4k monitor screen can do that for you. No CGI movie allows you to freeze-frame and then zoom in, and in, and in, FOREVER. William Blade had it spot on - To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower.So...

Keep Calm and Carry On Gardening.