A few weeks ago, I spent a very therapeutic afternoon tidying up my shed. Whilst clearing out a shelf, I came across a pleasant surprise – a beautiful Turk’s Turban squash, from last year’s crop. The fruit was still intact, and looked just as stunning as it did when I harvested last September.
I kept the squash in the shed, and it is now officially a year old, which just goes to show what amazing keepers these great vegetables make.
What’s more, they have outlasted a pair of shoes I bought last year. Yep, my Adidas Samba trainers are shot. Despite their ‘…textured toe bumper with a stitched heel’, and the ‘…moulded outsole for use on every day surfaces’, the trainers have been outlasted by a vegetable.
That got me thinking. In what ways are Turk’s Turban squashes better than a pair of shoes…
A few years ago, I dreamt of running my own jam making business. I didn’t plan to take over the jam world, just a dabble in the local farmers markets and some extra pocket money.
I bought (a lot of) jars and designed logos and labels. Jono’s Man Jam was born.
Being a typically faddish man, this new venture didn’t get very far, but it did last long enough for me to make a large number of different jams. Finding fruit that made good jam from hedgerows, gardens and local parks was something that very much floated by boat, and I was reminded of this during a Twitter convo earlier in the week.
A few weeks ago, I talked about time and blogging, and how I’d struggle to keep up. I wanted to keep Real Men Sow useful as Rory joined Lewis and my life got busier.
A weekly slimmed-down Sunday version of Real Men Sow was the plan – with all the usual growing tips and anecdotes, but more of a weekly digest of what’s happened on the plot, jobs for the next week, links to previous posts where I’ve covered relevant stuff and anything else that’s tickled my fancy that week.
However, something has happened that has made me really happy: I think I’ve got my blogging mojo back.