Over a lifetime, we find and hold just a few precepts that speak to us, and inform how we live. Some come from family, some from friends, and some from community and reading. This one has, perhaps surprisingly, become a driving force behind growing our own food and living simply, but connected to our community and the land where we live. It is a balancing principle that has not limited, but illuminated a fulfilling and rich life.

It came unexpectedly years ago, from a friend recommending William Martin’s book, Parent’s Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for Modern Parents but has stubbornly come back time and again to be a pillar of truth. Many of the world’s great discoveries of big things have come from awareness of small things; from curiosity and discovery, compassion and contribution. We are keen to share it with you all.

🍎Marvel at the ordinary

“Do not ask your children
to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
but it is the way of foolishness.

Help them instead to find the wonder
and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting
tomatoes, apples and pears.
Show them how to cry
when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure
in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.

The extraordinary will take care of itself.”

our recommended book

Look wide; grow well, folks 🌿