Age of Awareness
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Age of Awareness

Adventures on Allotments: Loaves, but Not Much Dough

A golden field of wheat ears with trees on the horizon
Wheat field in Essex, near the author’s childhood home. Image credit Neil Mapes

I saw the scythe falling in slow motion towards my hand. I should have stopped earlier because I was hot, sweaty, and tired. At first, there was no blood, but then it wouldn’t stop. Despite the damage, I had to finish scything the golden spiky ears of wheat.

The spring of 2009 was a very difficult time. As if a global financial banking crisis wasn’t enough, Lucy and I…

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