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Greg and I have been eating better these days – whole foods – exercising and getting healthy. It takes effort and planning to change your eating habits and lifestyle – but well worth it in the long run. The pounds don’t just drop off at our age – but we have to trust that in time these choices to eat better will help our overall health and help us to live longer – free from complications that could develop later in life.
I know why many do not eat this way. It’s expensive. Go to the produce department of any grocery store and you’ll understand what I mean. Good grief – it seems a crime to charge so much for a tomato, avocado or bell peppers! Not to mention apples, oranges and bananas!
And it’s not just produce – it’s buying sprouted wheat bread – and any organic foods – SO EXPENSIVE!
But we are prevailing. It takes an effort to plan meals that don’t have any preservatives – vegetable oils or processed fats. There are no short cuts to whole foods. They have to be prepared the old-fashioned way – which takes longer – nothing in a hurry.
So I was thinking about that today – our ever-increasing grocery bill – and wishing that I had a garden – like my Grandmother used to when I was a little girl. She had everything in that garden, potatoes, beans, peas, carrots, lettuce, beets, cucumbers – etc. She spent a lot of time in the garden – weeding and watering, tending it. And I remember helping her gather from it so she could cook it for our evening meals. I’m sure it was hard work – but things were fresh and FREE!!
I would love to have a vegetable garden – and someday, Greg tells me – I will. I will probably just start with tomatoes next spring and build from there – we have no room in our tiny back yard for a working garden – and not enough sunlight either. But someday we will live in the country and either have an outdoor garden or a green house.
I found myself repeating this little nursery rhyme today while thinking about a wonderful vegetable garden:
Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells, and cockle shells,
And pretty maids all in a row.
Sounds cute and sweet, right? Isn’t that wonderful – a garden! Yes! How does your garden grow? And like many things from that time period – the seemingly innocent children’s stories and rhymes were actually fraught with political meaning. I looked up the meaning for this rhyme and this is what I found:
The origins (of this rhyme) are steeped in history… Bloody Mary!
The Mary alluded to in this traditional English nursery rhyme is reputed to be Mary Tudor, or Bloody Mary, who was the daughter of King Henry VIII. Queen Mary was a staunch Catholic and the garden referred to is an allusion to graveyards which were increasing in size with those who dared to continue to adhere to the Protestant faith – Protestant martyrs.
Instruments of Torture!
The silver bells and cockle shells referred to in the Nursery Rhyme were colloquialisms for instruments of torture. The ‘silver bells’ were thumbscrews which crushed the thumb between two hard surfaces by the tightening of a screw. The ‘cockle shells’ were believed to be instruments of torture which were attached to the genitals!
Can I just say, OUCH! Wow. The things you find out when you look something up from history. I’m sorry I looked it up. I bet you are too. Can I just say that back then it would not have been wonderful to be a man? Amazing.
Hopefully my garden will be different – no torture devices in mine – only sweet things for my family to eat – to help save on our grocery bill. I promise.
Do you have a garden? How does it grow?
Here’s wishing you sweet things in yours today ♥