Benedict Ambrose and I have celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary, and it was a very pleasant day indeed, featuring a nice breakfast at home, going to Mass, chatting with friends after Mass, going to Edinburgh’s New Club for a gin-and-tonic as the guests of a member, a late-afternoon dinner at a French restaurant, and a great bout of gardening when we got home. The evening’s entertainment included the “Kiss the Ground” documentary about soil health, and we wished my mum a Happy Mother’s Day over Skype.
“Kiss the Ground” was mentioned during the Pontifical Council of Culture’s recent three-day health conference, which was by turns annoying, interesting, downright intriguing, entertaining, and boring. I volunteered to cover it for work because the theme of “Body, Mind, Spirit” was very interesting indeed. I particularly enjoyed the conversations about longevity and food, and even though I thought the product placement (usually carefully displayed books) was hilarious, I went on to buy two of the books–and to watch “Kiss the Ground” again. We realised part way through that we had seen it already. However, I didn’t mind, and I would like to become a soil regeneration activist one day. I am currently doing my part by refusing to use weedkiller, even on the horribly invasive rosa rugosa.
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