Hey look at all the poppies. I could see this field from a long way off, so walked towards it to get the photo's. Isn't it magic.
I did a big circular walk, through four villages, and by the time I got back to my own village the sun had been covered by this amazing cloud.
I was walking along minding my own business when a very strong strange smell reached my nostrils, I was passing a pea field, all the plants had been flattened where the machine had run over them. On closer inspection I noticed that there were still some plants around the edges that the machines had missed. Too good an opportunity to miss I thought, so I filled my plastic bread bag which had previously held my sandwiches.
If I hadn't picked them they would have rotted and been ploughed back into the ground. There is a lot of talk about food waste, and the supermarkets are always a target for blame. But it seems to me that farmers are the biggest food wasters. Why don't they invite people to come and pick over the land once they have taken what they want. This is the definition of gleaning taken from Wikipedia.
The act of collecting left over crops from farmers fields after they have been commercially harvested or on fields where it is not economically profitable to harvest. Some ancient cultures promoted gleaning as an early form of welfare system.
I have googled this and found that in the USA it is common for people to glean what they can. Organised groups go out to pick the food and distribute it to the poor. What a brilliant idea.
Anyone else been gleaning?