I wrote this in mid June meaning to reread it the next day before hitting the 'publish' button... It's kind of unfinished - but that says it all really!
Over the past few weeks I've been fine-tuning my ability to take a siesta. Rarely enough did events conspire to allow this to happen but if the hot weather we've been having recently comes back again I will be working everything around an afternoon nap if I can!
We have had a few weeks of hot weather and my productivity levels take a nose-dive in the heat. Especially in the polytunnel...my brain slows right down and I find myself standing there, sweating through my eyeballs, spending much too long deciding what to do next. So early morning starts make a lot of sense. I am definitely not a natural early bird but in hot weather it is really pleasant to be up early. The air is cool and you feel like you're getting a head start on everything.
The only problem is getting to bed early enough to get a proper nights sleep. When the main form of slug control happens after dark (catching them in the act of munching my plants), and the sky isn't properly dark until 11 p.m....you see my problem. So this is where the siesta comes in.
It's been interesting as a self employed person figuring out how to best structure my time and strike the balance between work and play. No-one is telling me to turn up at 9 every morning but, especially in the spring and summer, there's an awful lot of work to get done so lying in a hammock all day doesn't really make sense (unfortunately). On the other hand, I start to feel really sorry for myself if I'm working all the time - Glandore is full of holiday homes so I can start to believe that everyone else in the world is on holiday except me!!
Things that work for me in striking that balance include; dropping everything for a swim at high tide at the Terrace Strand , the aforementioned siesta, and working from 8 to 10 pm while listening to John Creedon on the radio. I guess it's different for everyone but when I find myself manically jumping from one job to the next it's time to stop, take a break, and come back with a bit more clarity.