Go Slow Britain – Getting there slowly

Going Slow at the Sustainable Living Project‘The craze that’s spread like wild fire,’ isn’t going to describe the Go Slow movement. But Go Slow has, nevertheless,  arrived in Britain. Better to say it ambled here at a relaxed pace,  taking  pleasant detours to admire pretty scenery and with several stops, no doubt, to sit down for convivial multi-course lunches.  I’m surprised it even left home.

The Slow Food movement was founded by Carlo Petrini in 1989, it was a reaction to the opening of a MacDonald’s on the Spanish Steps in Rome.  Slow Food gradually (how else?) morphed into the Go Slow movement.  We now have Go Slow towns and cities or ‘Cittaslows’ as they are known.  Ludlow, in Shropshire became the first British Cittaslow in 2003.

Go Slow organisers have instituted a Go Slow week in London.  It actually started on Friday 24th April and will last ten days.  I’m guessing this is because a week takes longer to do when you’re going slow.  The organisers have arranged time-management workshops, meditation classes and will be handing out speeding tickets to pedestrians who are rushing.

Go Slow principles are about valuing; peace and quiet, local production, high-quality craftsmanship, low energy-consumption, and taking time to enjoy life within the community.  A Go Slow community is characterised by thoughtfulness and apparently, random acts of kindness.  (Is this better than organised kindness?)

Go Slow principles, of course, share mutual values with Sustainable Living.  Many of our unsustainble practices stem from our instant lifestyles and the need to have got everything done by yesterday.  Going Slow strikes me as an admirable idea and I’ve no desire to miss out, so I’m going to have my own Go Slow week here at the Sustainable Living Project.  Here is a list of some of the things I’m going to do:

  • I’m going to do one thing at a time, instead of doing lots of things badly.  I’m even going to take time to make my bed properly!
  • I’m going to experiment with not wearing a watch.
  • I’m going to have convivial, home-cooked meals with my family and friends using locally sourced produce.
  • I will bake bread.
  • Willow and I will take longer walks, stopping to admire every single wild plant on the canal.  (Expect to see a wildflower page here sometime in the future but forgive me if I take my time over it.)
  • I am going to commit random acts of kindness without scaring grannies in the process.
  • I am going to be extremely busy watching my vegetables grow.
  • I’m not going to go near the computer. Cutting out time spent on the computer will mean more time for family and general slowness.  This will be the last post for a week. I’ll report back then.
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 I hope you like my photo of a snail.  I found her (not sure what the correct pronoun is for a hermaphrodite) and many more of her friends snuggling underneath one of my hosta pots.  I had to pour a can of water over them to ‘activate’ them.  They clearly didn’t want to come out of their shells, camera shy I guess.  Having spent quite some time with them trying to get nice pics, I felt reluctant to condemn them to their usual fate, which is making sure they land in the canal downstream of the lock.  I also found myself admiring in them a beauty that had previously escaped me, no doubt because usually I’m too busy bewailing my holey hostas.   I don’t know how long my new found love of snails will last, probably until I notice my lettuce seedlings being devoured.   Until then I have all the time in the world for them!

Beautiful Snails?

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