I wonder if the good people of Wimbledon have settled back into the daily routine of work, kids at school and evenings of nestling in front of the telly.

In a blink of an eye, I'm back on the treadmill and by Friday I'm literally more excited than the children when I pick them up from school knowing we have two full days of nothingness.

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Of course, it’s not that we have nothing to do, it’s just that we choose what to do and it’s in our own time. Judge me if you will, but we often try to make no commitments at the weekend, no dashing to sport, extended family and playdates - simple nothingness. We wake up when we please and after a big breakfast becoming slightly restless, we often choose to take a stroll to our allotment in Cottenham Park. It is a stone’s throw away from our house, but when we walk through the old iron gate (if we remember the key!) a whole new world appears before us. Sweet scented roses climb upon old wooden sheds, whilst towering sunflowers smile down upon us as their yellow petals gleam against the bright blue sky. As the children dash excitedly to our plot, they dig up the carrots, wash them down with a hosepipe and munch happily in their make-shift den. As I looked around, it is obvious to see the weight of fully grown apples and plums pulling down the branches just inches off the floor. Remembering St Mark’s Church were hosting the annual Abundance Fruit Day, we filled a large wicker basket full of apples and carried them home, placed into the boot of the car and headed to the church. Placing our apples next to the other barrels of fruit, the kids were delighted to see a table of locals peeling the apples and the gentlemen turning the presser slowly, pouring the freshest apple juice into the glasses of thirsty bystanders.

Wimbledon Times:

Sustainable Merton were delighted to be part of this year's Fruit Day, known as Abundance Wimbledon's annual fundraiser and celebration event, and took the opportunity to highlight the importance of preventing good food from going to waste. It's not just Greta Thunberg who has had enough of dirty air and plastic waste. Diana Sterck, the CEO of Merton Chamber of Commerce and Sustainable Merton, had her eco warrior hat on and spoke to visitors about the importance of valuing food, reducing unnecessary surplus waste, and recycling unavoidable waste - such as peelings and coffee grounds. The charity are committed to helping us reduce our consumption of energy and resources, value fresh local food and help influence the changes that will make our borough a healthier, happier and more sustainable community now and for future generations to come. As I listened intently, the children pulled at my skirt - for they had spotted a chance to make their own apple pie. Aprons on and following instructions, they were astonished by how much sugar was needed to make the pie. On the next table there was an array of Tooting honey jars, made from the gentleman's own garden. “Do you get stung much?" I questioned. “Every time!” he replied. “Bee's are so gentle, but during collection, they can be trapped between fingers in the frame.” Picking up a jar of honey for my toast and morning tea, the children proudly held their apple pie and we returned home to put it in the oven.

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Only the next day Diana’s words resonated with me and we hopped on the bus to buy some fresh food at the new Wimbledon Chase Farmers Market. The sun shone bright and it was packed with young families swirling around the stalls filled with fruit, flowers, fresh bread and fish. Admittedly we all started with ice-cream but after an afternoon catching up with old friends, we headed home with a large bunch of sunflowers and enough food for a wonderful Sunday lunch.

There seems to be enough happening in Wimbledon to forget we are in London, but also to forget the stresses of the working week. Hurray for all the good people in Wimbledon who embody the good life, and hooray for nothingness, it’s actually a lot of fun.