One day a year, the company I work for has a Community Day, where employees can choose from various projects to volunteer in.
So along with about 20 other people, I volunteered at Kentish Town City Farm in the northwest of London. It's a lovely space with animals and communal gardens where you can come any day of the year for free with your family, your kids, friends, whatever. It's also, interestingly, quite a large acreage built directly over a bridge that crosses train tracks, which led me to have "I've been working on the railroad" stuck in my head all day long (but I digress).
The farm is full of animals. There are are horses, sheep, pigs, cows, goats, ducks, and more....which adds up, as it were, to a lot of manure. Which I know because I mucked out a horse stable.
And you know what? It wasn't glamorous work, but it wasn't that bad either. It brought back lots of memories of doing that as a kid when I rode horses all the time. We even had a family horse at one point! His name was Asterix.
And it was nice for once to be giving back a little. After manure duty I raked the riding area. Then I painted a shed. Then I painted a fence. In between, I may have had a glass of rosé. (Which was an extremely poor idea right before I got on a wobbly stepladder, but all was well.)
At the end of the day, I got to hold a chicken!!! I don't know why, but I found that absolutely thrilling. Maybe just because it's something I've never done before.
So today was a fun day spent doing a good deed out in the beautiful sunshine.
And it sure beat another day of just sitting at a desk.