It feels like such a long time since the corona virus forced us all into lockdown and changed our lives forever. Finding fun and engaging things to do with the people we support has been a huge challenge, but on a positive note it’s also forced us to get creative!
Being self sufficient in a small space is much easier (and enjoyable) than you might think! Since lockdown, I’ve been busy making a vegetable patch with the people I support. Not only is this a fun activity for ‘dif-abled’ people that makes the most of the sunshine we’re currently all enjoying, but it will also save a ton of money and attract lots of wildlife and pollinators to our garden.
Ten years ago, I knew nothing about gardening. It seemed like a useful but time-consuming hobby: too much hard work and too much information to take in. Then I moved to a small farming community in the mountains of southern Spain, where old men wearing flat caps still use mules to plough the earth, and everyone in the village has their own allotment, or huerto.
Winter is fading, green shoots are pushing up through the earth, and we can already enjoy the beautiful sight of snowdrops and crocuses bursting with colour. Yay! Spring is almost upon us, which seems like the perfect time to write a blog post about the therapeutic value of such things as gardening, rambling across the moors, walking through a forest, or otherwise appreciating the natural world, with its wonderful sounds of babbling brooks, birdsong and breeze rustling through the trees.
New research out this month has offered further evidence that human interaction with nature is a vital ingredient for health and wellbeing. Surprised? Me neither. But wait! Not only that, this fascinating study found that having an emotional connection with nature is four times more likely to make us feel that our lives are worthwhile and have meaning than having a high social status or income level.