Small changes in my approach and attitude result in grasshoppers
Because of all the turmoil including the weather and erratic issues including a bad back- I have neglected the garden this year.
I have allowed the space to soften. The cloistered feel remains, but it is wilder. I have let areas of grass grow longer and the mixed perenial 'border' has become less defined. I like the contrast between the wild and controlled areas.
A byproduct - or unintended consequence has been the appearance of grasshoppers, many more than I have ever seen here before. Their appearance brings real felt joy - an inward leap because it reminds me of the abundance of these insects in my childhood of the late 60's early 70's.
Small changes really can make a difference.
It is an emotional thing to recognise how denuded our lives have become as a result of our search for perfection. For children growing up now, they will not know that normal once used to be a multitude of insects hopping, flying and crawling about our gardens and landscapes. I hope they return.