Here’s some mint in our winter garden, to quietly commemorate the end of my time as a school teacher. Yesterday was my last day at work. Today I’m revelling in a quiet day at home. I’ve vacuumed, cleaned mirrors, wiped down the hanging lights in the kitchen and done a few loads of laundry. It’s typical of me to want a literal fresh start as I turn the page on my career.
For now, I plan to take some time to lie low and unfurl. Jenny Odell’s book How to Do Nothing is next on my reading list. Of course, there’s some irony in blogging about a book that argues for a return to an existence anchored in place, away from the narrative that the only life worth living is an optimised, productive one, a life defined by one’s own personal (online) brand. I’m really looking forward to exploring what she has to say.
Here are the poor jonquils by the front gate, beautifully fragrant, but confused by the unseasonably warm weather we had in early winter. I hope you stick around for spring. <3