One of my favourite writers is Elliot Coleman whose book The New Organic Grower is obviously written after a lot of practical experience http://www.fourseasonfarm.com/main/books/books.html
There are, however, two pieces of his advice that I find very difficult to follow - the first is record keeping - I know that it is important, I know that it would make life and decisions much easier but, although I am great at starting at the seed sowing stage, I have always lost my record book by the time the plants have grown.
The second piece of advice is even harder for me - the need to take time away from work. This sounds easy but as soon as it gets hectic here I go into a horrible self-important mode, snapping that I don't have time to eat or have a bath or take a phonecall - can't people see that I am busy ???????.
Today I realised how right he is. I was delivering door rings to Helensburgh today and made time for lunch with a friend who lives near there - 2 hours just sitting and eating and chatting. What a tonic.
I feel much much calmer - I have come home and made a list of what needs to be done tonight and it all seems eminently possible. I might even fit in a bath.
The photo is of part of a mantlepiece garland.