be happy, live long

July 14, 2009 at 10:47 am 4 comments

Henri cropped for blogHenri is Italian and always wears a big smile.  I walk past his plot on the way to mine and find myself smiling even before I reach it when I see his 50 year old bike propped up against the shed.  After a lovely chat last week while picking his gooseberries and blackcurrants I commented to Henri that if my plot was next to his I’d never get anything done; “we’d spend too much time chatting’’. He smiled and replied ‘’talking’s good.  We’re not here for very long, life is short … I don’t know why people can’t be happy.  Be happy, live long’’.

Henri's bike

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making red onion marmalade Henri’s soft fruit

4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Störungsquelle  |  July 14, 2009 at 11:06 am

    I would like to invite you to present yourself in our European multicultural and multilingual network in our Gallery of Europeans:

  • 2. Jasmin  |  July 14, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    What a bucolic lifestyle you lead! Be happy. Live long. So true and so poetic in its simplicity!

    • 3. Nip it in the bud  |  July 14, 2009 at 8:35 pm

      and an uneducated one it would seem (i’ve never heard that word before!). I like it; ‘rustic, pastoral, suggesting an idyllic rural life’

  • 4. alifelesssimple  |  July 15, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    That is a lovely story! Your allotment site sounds so friendly


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