Who Will Love The Wonky Ones? Tossed On The Scrapeap For Being Too Green And Skinny...

in NaturalMedicine •  25 days ago 

I wrote this bit at the point of uploading my post - This post after writing it was plagued with tech problems, uploading pics, net dropping, keychain failing... took over 2 hours extra to sort pics and they are not even the ones I had chosen for this post but needs must, right?

Interestingly this will be my 7th post in 7 days

So I couldn't even contemplate not uploading a post today, even though it's after 1 am and I am up before 6 for my first day back at work in 22 days...Ugghhh Anyway back to the post... Read on Dear Reader :D



So today was a strange but fun day for me. I have come to the end of my Summer break from work. I have had 22 very welcome days away and find myself a few hours away from returning and weighing up what I have achieved.

A farmers life for me? Maybe... who knows... I haven't explained the pics yet, confused?
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The last couple of years we have taken a foreign vacation but of course the pandemic has changed so very many things these last few months that it hardly seems to register on my scale of weirdness that has thus far been 2020.

There has been work done around the house, painting and such, I mean ceilings and walls I am no artist! There has been work done in the garden and an evening or two spent out there enjoying the fresh air and perhaps even a drink or two ((or 5!!!)) despite the fact it has rained for the vast majority of my time off...

Life in England... What else could I expect?

For the past couple of months I have been anticipating my 22 days off and making some solid blockchain goals to aid my growth going forward. I have never fully embraced the blockchain for any settled period of time, between long term intermittent health issues, life stuff and so much more, my time in the community could at best be described as sporadic.

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I wanted to rectify that in a meaningful way and I feel like I have done that in a big way. I have fallen head over heals in love with writing again. Made far more posts and comments and had more top notch engagement than I have in the past 31 months combined.

I have investigated, joined and interacted with some amazing communities and found some members running fab contests and weekly and even monthly initiatives. I have had a blast. Of course I haven't achieved all I expected, but I have ticked off some things I did not anticipate, I have started a Twitter account to do my part towards onboarding, promotion and marketing of our wonderful community and even delved back in to the world of curating for a community again ((more on this amazing news soon!))

Me and M'Lady.

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So to be honest I could have done with using today to ramp up my endeavours on the platform and filled out the rest of my Twitter bio and so many other things still unresolved.

The below pic is my youngest looking like she's about to go full on Julie Andrews... If Julie Andrews had shaved her hair off completely during lockdown because she wanted to see how it looked and grow it out again, to see how healthy it looked... Oh and I don't think JA wore Dr Marten boots either! Charlotte is 20 next week... So the confusing part is, how can I still be 25, I'm fairly certain I am??? :D
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But nope. Today was reasonably sunny and we decided to undertake a family day today. We spent part of the day visiting family now that lockdown restrictions are easing in the UK and the other part of the day was spent doing something I have never tried before, in fact none of us had...

We travelled to a reasonably local farm for a couple of hours of strawberry picking.

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We had to pay for the experience, the fee wasn't too bad at £10 per car and my youngest Daughter found a voucher online that gave us that £10 back toward the cost of the strawberries we picked. Win/Win.

The format was pretty straightforward we were each handed a punnet made from a recycled card material, given a map and pointed in the general direction of several giant strawberry fields. The scene was I'm sure very different to what it was before lockdown. There were sanitiser stations and makeshift sinks and hand soap everywhere.

There were cute signs placed around the HUGE farm stating that we keep 2 sheep-lengths away from the other families. There were very specific routes up and down the amazingly long rows of strawberries all geared up for those who are most concerned about social distancing measures.

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There is just something so utterly satisfying about picking fruit from the vine without any middleman, haulage firms and supermarket chains, packaging plants and sorters having any involvement.

The very best part of all is that no misguided, misinformed, clueless supermarket purchasing rep could decide which fruits were too wonky, small, misshaped for the general public to buy through one of their networks.

These people infuriate me so much. They actually have conversations with the farmer who is trying to make a living by growing fresh, natural produce, creating jobs and stimulating the economy and tell him/her that people simply don't want poorly formed, misshapen, oddly coloured fruits and produce.

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Now I don't know about you, but I know that when I grow fruit, veg, plants and flowers in my garden they are not a perfect uniformed size, weight, shape and colour. That's OK, right?

Can you imagine the sheer ammount of wastefrom such ridiculous decisions and then the farmer ends up making far less per kilo and the joke keeps on going...

The irony is that we have come far enough as a species to agree that it would be boring if everyone was exactly the same, yet it's not good enough logic for the food on our selves.

As we travelled home the sun finally got brighter and the heat ramped up significantly, typical, right? My Daughter made a comment about how awesome it would be to have the life of living in a warm climate and to grow fruit and we both agreed that we would love that life...

This gave me an idea... I knew which community I was going to post this in once it was finished.
This stirred a memory in me of meeting the most beautiful friend the blockchain could ever offer @trucklife-family. We met as I stumbled across a post of Aish's detailing collecting the olives and making fresh, natural olive oil. I loved the idea of living that life then and I do now.

I promised Aish I was gonna start creating posts in Natural Medicine so long ago, you know how it is, right? You mean to, you know you will, maybe tomorrow, or the next day... Maybe the next...

I have crossed paths with @riverflows a lot of late too and decided that the time to start creating content for the community that speaks of the highest values and ideals on the planet is at hand.
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Thank YOU for taking the time to read my post and if you're one of those amazing people who like to hit the comments section... Then I doubly thank YOU!

Either way I want you to know that you are appreciated!

Keep taking the time to connect with each-other both here and in the so-called real world and try and look after each-other, because as you already know...

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I love seeing you out with your family in the Sunshine, you all look really happy and that puts a huge smile on my face. My first job was picking strawberries in the summer, done it from the age of 12 till I was 16, think I may have eaten as many as I picked. This culture of perfection is ridiculous, I love to see irregular size fruit and veg and love me a forked carrot! Much love to you Steven, I'm so happy to have crossed paths with you my friend xxxxx

Of course you do Aish! This is no surprise to me and should be no surprise to you how I feel either... So often, the irregulars are what life is all about!

Irregular ideas, people, philosophies and even bloody forked carrots!!!

Not conforming to the ideal view of society should be seen as a badge of honour in my humble opinion.

Who the hell wants to be an 'also ran' clone based on a 2 dimensional set of principles?

These principles have been designed and implemented by dinosaurs of a bygone age, desperate to cling on to the vision of all the know. Jeez! I do this, one second we are talking about a wonky strawberry, the next I am planning on overthrowing the system again...

When you do a job like that my friend, I think they almost demand that you eat your share ((and maybe the share of a couple of other people too... I hope that is the case anyway...)) I can tell you one thing I realised there is an art to finding the fruits, another to not finding the ones that have begun to breakdown.

Thank you for inviting me to come join in the conversation in the @naturalmedicine community. As is always the case, it took longer to get here than anticipated, the same with writing this comment, with joining Hive, choosing a post title, deciding what I will eat for dinner... BUT I always knew I would enjoy immersing in the community once my life was a little more 'stable.'

Massive love to you and your girls Aish, I have missed interacting regularly with you of late, especially in voice channels and shows. I am in a huge transitional stage with my blockchain stuff but you will notice me a LOT more going forward. I will be a regular visitor to NM of course, never mind what's for Dinner, I find the soul needs feeding more often in the current climes!

See ya soon lovely lady :D

What a perfect first NM post!!! Thanks for posting. YOu know, the whole time I was in the UK I was using the tag #teamengland? What a dickhead. No wonder no one found me. #teamuk might have had me meet new friends. We did go strawberry picking driving back from Sandy Bay one day (near Weston Super Mare - sorry, I forgot where you live?) and they were delicious BEASTS of fruits. Berry season in the UK is just sublime. You look very warm and summery there! A bit sad we had to come home - but given we would have had to pay for hotel quarantine to the sum of some 2500 POUNDS it's probably best we did leave when we did. I'm sad though and homesick for blighty - seeing you get out and about, even more so!!! But LOVED seeing your smile and enthusiasm - nat med for the soul. xx

2500 POUNDS! Apparently the price of following governmental guidance got steep!!!

Yes I think despite the fact we don't get so much sun here, the climate is pretty conducive to berries. It was trickier to find the best fruits than I had anticipated, those blighters are like ninja stealth berries and call me slightly paranoid BUT I swear, I would see one, gently lift the leaves and it was gone!

#Teamengland huh? It does have to be said though, that having an exclusive tag used by just one is pretty VIP, right?

Anytime you are homesick, stop by the #teamuk server on Discord and there will always be new friends available, we also share out 50 favourite types of rain images there, and we all have affiliate links for umbrellas...

Sorry it always takes me a tad to respond, getting back in to 12 hour shifts again has taken a slight toll on my engagement. I will be exploring NM a whole lot more over my days off, I remember thinking to myself that I needed to understand lotus and burning much more.

I believe I recall hearing that you guys had/have/will have/never had/will never have a Discord server? I am semi active on Discord and if that's right I look forward to meeting some members of NM there soon.

Take great care. I'm sure we'll cross paths again very soon. I know you are already in an open tab somewhere lol ((this too will pass: paraphrased)) beautiful, quite emotional, slightly melancholic read. I should start giving more accurate E.T.A's expect me by October 2021. Although if I could respond in even 6000 less characters, it would help lol.

nat med for the soul. xx

Exactly and quite literally.

Edit: Ignore my extreme nonsensical foolishness. There is a Discord link further down my comment feed lol.

we also share out 50 favourite types of rain images there, and we all have affiliate links for umbrellas...

Haha - I'm married to a Brit and your humour is always appreciated in my life. In fact, how can it be so dry when the weather's so goddamn wet? Saying that, the three months I spent over there this year (Mid March to early June) THERE WAS BARELY ANY RAIN. Only in the first week we were there, and the last weekend we were there! The weather was goddamn SUBLIME. Somerset felt like a tropical island getaway at times and an utter paradise.

Yeah mate, unless you type at rocket speed, if you give all comments such verbose replies you'll never get anywhere in real life.. :P

I notice the organic fruit and veg in our stores actually include the misshapen ones too. You might even get slightly damaged potatoes. Perhaps it's because Australia is such a hard climate to grow in and keeping it organic is especially difficult when the pests congregate because there is little else to eat. There is a lot of campaigning here for local grown and waste reduction too. I'm hopeful it's moving that way in the UK as well. It's been over 12 years since we left, so I'm sure a lot has changed.

The strawberry picking looks wonderful. Was it far to travel to get there? Wee onfe went to one here in the hills, but it was a long journey. There is a cherry place that offers puck your own as well, I just struggle with the concept that they won't be organic and they are both fruits which accumulate pesticides.

There is a lot of campaigning here for local grown and waste reduction too.

Fabulous! We humans may wake slowly, we do get to the core of the issue eventually though, right? I have to be honest, for many years my family simply couldn't afford much of the organic produce and so ate based on 'best possible alternative' It is only in the last handful of years, my stable job ((a contradiction in terms lol)) has left us in a better position to make the changes and choices we always wanted to. Although having said that, I am appalled at some of the things that occur within some of the companies using the organic moniker.

The farm we traveled to was less than an hour away, I did take particular note of the fact they have a pretty huge pumpkin patch to choose your own when the season comes around... Hmmm Interesting :D

Thank you for stopping by and being so damn engagetastical ((yeah sorry, when I can't quite get the right word, I uhm... make one! LOL)) it is massively appreciated and 100% exactly why we are here, ((everyone will get that one day))

Take great care and I am certain we shall cross paths again very soon :D

Absolutely wonderful post! I am delighted you are writing. Again. Love JA. Those strawberries don't look a bit deformed to me. Natural Med is a GREAT community. Check out @freewriters and @mariannewest for daily freewrite fun and another great community, especially if you feel compelled to write every day.

Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to share your thoughts. Of course you love JA, who doesn't??? haha.

Thanks so much for the suggestion. I have not crossed paths with @mariannewest in quite a while but I always found the freewriters awesome at engaging on each-others work in a massively supportive way... I suspect it is time to pay a visit. This sort of promotion of others is exactly why we will thrive on hive IMO. Kudos on being the awesome ones!

Take great care of you and yours, I'm sure we will cross paths again very soon :D

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Nice strawberry field. The strawberry looks nice but I'm still trying to get over those tiktok videos I see where they put them on vinegar water or salt water and hideous thing come out although i search and it may not totally be true. https://vitals.lifehacker.com/are-there-really-little-bugs-in-your-strawberries-1843607740#:~:text=Here's%20the%20short%20answer%3A%20this,your%20fruit%20in%20salt%20water.

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