Last night I went out to the garden to water and fertilize my tomatoes which by the way have just started putting on fruit, at least the cherries anyways. I heard my neighbour in the alley and went to offer him some greens. We share a lot – he provided the tires for my potatoes, and he’ll get the spoils of one stack. He also let me use his water for almost a year when we had no outdoor plumbing, during the renovations. Anyways he has a shop in his garage and spends a lot of time there and in the alley. Last night he had some friends over, and when I offered the greens one of them got very excited and practically begged for a bag as well. He offered some fresh caesar salad dressing he had just made in exchange. They were cooking something on a little propane burner, and hanging out in lawn chairs. Anyway I brought them the lettuce, and he came and asked all about what I was growing. Turned out he is a chef. A very excitable chef. Right when I was about to go in they came by with a big plate of steaming BC mussels that they’d steamed in a natural bacon, garlic and local seaweed broth! So delicious… Apparently their next course was a miniature bow tie pasta in a fancy sauce of some kind.
Yes, they were making this gourmet meal in the alley, and yes, I love my neighbours!
PS on the same note, the carpenter who is building our deck (woohoo, deck!) recently did a job for my friend who is a beekeeper and now he buys her honey. He wants to know about my chickens and what I’ll be doing with the eggs HAHA. Build your community with every relationship you foster!