Gerald had bought into the Dream. He had been sold a fantasy for what appeared a bargain. With a small investment he could live the very dream that had been pumped out of the unpleasant orifices of British media since the mid 1990's. And one guy called Gerald had not been immune to such pumping , who indeed had been?
Who would not want to swap their 2 Up/2 Down for a ramshackle villa on the Mediterranean coast?
Who would not want to exchange 9 months of cloud and drizzle for 9 months of sun and warmth?
Who would not want to swap a luke-warm mug of Sainsubury's instant freeze-dried for a steaming glass of cafe con leche?
Listen to Part 2 Of Gerald'S Jungle here and find out if the swap turned out to be any more substantial than a Timeline on Facebook...
Now some may say: what's a Guy like Gerald to do with me? I've only got a flat with a small balcony, what can I do to live a more balanced life? I can't feed myself from a aspidistra ! Well, Id suggest watching anything by Bill Mollison on growing a vertical garden in a flat (Watch the video below)
"...arriving in a foreign land and not speaking the tongue is akin to pulling your arms out of your sockets, just before a round of golf."
Gerald's Jungle Part 2
And if you don't even have a balcony….or you'd rather work with others, perhaps to convert a nearby unused empty plot - then maybe a little bit of guerrilla gardening is called for: Check out the excellent TED talk below for ideas and inspiration.