CHAPTER FIFTY-NINE :
You are really praiseworthy readers !
So, here is the question of the week :
Do you have a bucket list ?
You know, the list of things you want to do before you die, or not before you die, but just for fun !
Sure, you do have one ! All of us have wishes and expectations, but unfortunately no magic wand to make them come true in a wink !
My bucket list is my dream incubator. I know, sooner or later something great will come out of it !
Well, as my first question was a yes-or-no question, let me go further and be a bit nosier. It's my turn, for once !!
What tops your bucket list ?
Bungee jumping ? Volunteer work ? Travelling round the world ? Becoming a first-rate odd-jobber ? Running for the presidency ?
I am looking forward to your answers !
In the meantime, let me tell you what is number one on my own bucket list. Maybe nothing big for some of you, but for me a real challenge :
Becoming a master-gardener !
There is a long way to go ...Since we settled down here, no matter how hard I have fought against devilish weeds and defeated them, I am still a budding gardener. I have not been upgraded yet !!
But this year, after spending winter browsing through seed catalogs, reading thoroughly '' Vegetable gardening for dummies '', I thought it was high time to achieve my dream.
" When there is a will, there is a way '' would be my mantra !
What kept up coming in all the magazines I had leafed through was :
Think big, start small !
Ok, an herb garden would be a good test !
Chives, mint, basil, parsley, rosemary and thyme were planted without further delay !
Every morning I used to pace up and down my fragrant rows !
After all, it was not that difficult.
Why not go a bit further ?
And that's when everything went wrong ...
Next to our garden we have a fallow land, and I thought I could try a vegetable garden there ! A few rows of potatoes would clean up the soil
and remove the countless weedy patches !
You know I get gung-ho easily, and my naive side sometimes plays tricks on me !
Half a day digging left me sore all over, and what's worse the plot was none the cleaner !
When I told a neighbour about my miserable baby steps as a master-gardener to be, he offered to lend a hand and turn the soil with his tractor.He is a retired farmer, and idleness doesn't suit him as much as expected.
When, to make me at ease, he added ,'' You know, I miss ploughing and furrows ", it should have tipped me off !
Instead, I answered , " It's a deal ! ".
Two days later, he was standing at the door, beaming with joy !
" Ready, Dany ? Put on your boots and take your seed bag with you ! ".
First, I thought he wanted to show me how to drive his tractor, and I felt embarrassed. You remember, the only four-wheeled vehicle I can drive is a shopping trolley !
Short-lasting uneasiness !!
The fallow land had left place to an endless plowed field, big enough to launch a potato business !
My neighbour had not done things by halves.
Had I forgotten to tell him I was a budding gardener, not a graduate one, let alone a farmer to be ??
Well, have you ever been offered a present and had to pretend you were thrilled to bits ( while thinking you would shelf it for ever at the top of a cupboard) ?
Then, you know how I was feeling !!
Anyway, I had to put up a good show !
I managed to take a deep breath and exclaimed :
" Great ! You have thought big, haven't you ? "
" Don't worry ! ", he replied," if you want I can dig some more
I could feel shivers all along my spine ...
" Thanks ", I muttered, " I'll let you know, but in-between I think I 'll go on a field trip ".
After a nightmarish night spent ,either falling into furrows as deep as trenches or struggling not to be buried under grinning potatoes , I took my bucket list and erased number 1 to concentrate on number 2 !
After all, maybe potaotes are my pet-hate ! You remember chapter
" Flying potatoes ", don't you ?
So, what is number 2 on my bucket list ? Have a guess !!