Focus on things to be thankful for… what can I appreciate about myself… other people… the world around me? How do I feel supported at the moment? L. Macnamara People and Permaculture 2012
I appreciate the bountiful harvests currently being gathered in week after week at the school garden. I appreciate sharing this lovely organic, seasonal food with the children, watching them collect their shares to take home and seeing their faces light up.
What I appreciate about myself
*I have gained in confidence in planning and delivering Muddy Boots
* I have been very organised
*I have been good at welcoming people to the site and helping them to feel at home. I have been able to overcome my shyness at meeting new people and have actively enjoyed this aspect of the group.
*I have planned some great activities that have been well received
*I have taken lots of lovely pictures every week and shared them via FB
*I have inspired people to garden at home
*I have not let myself get stressed out by being ‘in charge’ of Muddy Boots
*I have dealt quite well with the difficulties of sharing the community allotment and have spoken honestly but tactfully to the people involved.
*I have created a good model for Muddy Boots and I have exciting plans for it in the future!
What I appreciate about others
*I have appreciated people’s practical help in setting up the site and tidying away at the end of sessions. I have almost always had help with tea and washing up duty.
*I have appreciated that Hilary, Abi, Gizelle, Oti, Zoe and Vicky all volunteered to lead sessions for me and all did such a great job.
*I have appreciated people’s feedback and honest suggestions for changes.
* I have appreciated people always turning up for sessions, even the two that happened in the rain! We have had an average of about 10 families each session which well exceed my initial expectations.
*I have appreciated the positive posts and thank you’s on FB and the recommendations people have made to their friends.
*I have appreciated the help and support of my friends and family.
*I have appreciated meeting new friends and forging new networks through Muddy Boots
*I have appreciated Sue’s positive attitude to having us at the Community allotment and her efforts in shielding me from bad attitudes of others on site who are less happy to have us there.
*I appreciate the offers of alternative venues that have been offered to me already by three separate people.
* I appreciate my sister asking me to set up this playgroup three years ago and the positive effect it has had on our relationship.
*I appreciate the time my mother has provided me with the gift of time, by looking after my son each thursday to allow me to work on this design and the write up.
What I appreciate about the world around me
*I appreciate the opportunity that was given to me to design the education space at the community allotment three years ago.
* I appreciate being allowed the ongoing use of the education space and the wider community allotment site.
*I appreciate having a shed dedicated to the equipment I use for Muddy Boots. I appreciate not having to lug this gear around with me or it cluttering up my home.
*I appreciate harvesting crops that others have put time and effort into nurturing
* I appreciate finding interesting wildlife every week with the children at the allotment. From foxes to worms, they have been fascinated by it all.
* I appreciate the weather being very kind to us throughout the season.
I appreciate the gazebos on both sunny and rainy days. Shelter and shade were always important. They also created a pleasant focal point for people to gather.
*I appreciate being outdoors and having fun with my children and my friends.