Slow observations

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Over the weekend I developed vertigo due to some crazy inner ear dramarama called vestibular neuritis. The first thing I knew was when I woke up and the world started spinning really fast. Quite literally out of the blue. Thankfully it is a temporary virus that will clear up on it’s own. But it has slowed me down;  I have to move my head slowly or the roller-coaster starts again. Medical advice is to keep moving, so that the inner ear recalibrates itself. Silver linings: a glorious excuse for a long, slow social distancing walk up the country lanes on a beautiful sunny lunchtime.

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Slowing down gives the brain more time to experience it’s surroundings and today I wanted to check out the grass verges on the edges of the fields and lanes to see how the diversity of the ‘edge’ is developing. If you remember, a fair few blog posts ago I was discussing a permaculture observation where edge states are where a lot of magic happens; in a garden setting where edge of a garden path and garden bed can host the most diversity (or weeds!),  and the edge of a grass verge meeting road similarly biodiverse.

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Fortunately there is no grim strimming going on along the lanes, the diversity is fantastic and in the coming weeks and months will be a brilliant outdoor classroom for learning and relearning our native wild-flowers. Fingers crossed that during the lock-down  the verges in all the town and cities get a break from strimming and spraying and the dormant seeds get a chance to actually turn into plants.

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It was so wonderful to visit this hollow trunk from an old tree that is slowly being canniblised by the plants and wildlife around it, I wonder if it is home to the owl I hear twit-twooing at night?

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Published by theplothickens

passionate about permaculture, interested in sharing my experiences of designing my allotment using permaculture principles

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