Six Square Metres
Life lessons from the ground up.
Sometimes you reap what you sow. Sometimes you reap what other people sowed. Sometimes you haven’t got a clue what you are sowing, and sometimes you just get lucky, or unlucky. All these things are true of life, as of gardening.
In this thoughtful and beautifully observed book, journalist and gardening enthusiast Margaret Simons takes readers on a journey through the seasons, through her life, and through the tiny patch of inner-urban earth that is home to her garden.
Over the course of a year, within the garden and without, there are births to celebrate and deaths to mourn; there are periods of great happiness and light, and times of quiet reflection. There is, in other words, all the chaos, joy, sorrow, and splendour of being alive.
This is an endearing and poignant read. Margaret Simons has a quiet and peaceful voice – it seems to me that she is content and happy with her life and her garden and this contentedness nourishes the reader and the writer alike. So calm and peaceful – I loved reading this book.
If you are a gardener or a consumer of fresh produce or have a family, live in the city or the country, you will be able to relate to individual stories or situations in this book. This memoir is short on pages, big on life.