This week it occurred to me that whenever we make, create, cook, build or do anything with our hands it forces us to slow down. Thankfully, there are still some things in life that cannot be sped up by gadgets, touchscreens or infuriating password controlled systems. While life is busy, I am trying to embrace the slow things, even if those slow moments are brief.
A gifted leg of pork that weighed in at around 9 kilograms. This pig was raised by hand, fed and cared for by a young family of willing helpers, slaughtered by skilled hands and finally deliver to us with care, by friends. No factory farming, no supermarket queues and no plastic wrapping, just real food and friendship.
Our girl, winding down after school in the vegetable patch collecting celery seed. Slow, quiet time in the shade is the perfect after school activity I think.
Our boy, using his busy hands to make his dog a water bowl, using a piece of bark he had collected just for that purpose.
On Saturday morning the catering, photography and support crew half of the family collected a few sticks, lit a fire and cooked breakfast in the paddock. Meanwhile, the horse riding half of the family saddled up the horses and rode in to our camp just in time for a picnic breakfast of bacon sandwiches. Fire lighting, outdoor cooking and horse riding are three things that should never be rushed.
The specialist skills of both blacksmiths and farriers are something that has always fascinated us as a family. This is partly due of our love of horses, partly due to an interest in metal work and partly due to a great respect for skills and tools from the past.
I couldn’t help but be impressed when a young woman, who is a farrier, recently visited our horses. She handled the large horses, heavy tools and hot conditions with ease and a gentle touch. It was rather inspirational to meet a young woman who is continuing to keep these very old skills alive. I know there are a lot of women involved in the horse industry but that was the first time I had met a female farrier.
Are you doing clever things with your hands that force you to slow down?
Are you keeping any skills from the past alive?
I know many of you are baking, growing, farming, sewing, crafting and taking gorgeous photos.
Happy Friday, friends x