Gosh, that’s exciting

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex celebrated their first Thanksgiving as a family in the US on Thursday, sitting down to homegrown vegetables from the garden.

A plate of veggies for thanksgiving. Yum!

It’s also grossly, pathetically, stupid. A £10 million estate used to grow 50 pence worth of vegetables is silly on a personal level. But it’s insane on a societal one.

America still does have those wide open spaces. You don’t really grasp how much of the damn place there is until you’ve driven it. And here we are, with people claiming virtue because they use the most expensive part of it, coastal California, to grow 50 pence worth of veggies that could – and should – be grown damn near anywhere.

The expense of that land showing us that lots of people want to have it, of course. Thus we should be putting that expensive resource to its highest value use, not some triviality like growing broccoli.

The broccoli should be grown in some arse end like Gilroy, even Santa Ynez, not Santa Barbara.

17 thoughts on “Gosh, that’s exciting”

  1. Bloke in North Dorset

    I thought they’d fucked off so they would be left alone? It seems every time I open a news site or Mrs BiND puts the news on the magic lantern on or both of them appear demanding attention. I wouldn’t mind if they had something useful to say or were at least being honest that they want the limelight and publicity, its the hypocrisy that stinks.

  2. If they want to value the self pleasure and PR opportunity of eating veg ‘they’ have grown then who are we to say they can’t? Arguably it is at least a more productive use of that plot of land than a lawn or flower bed. Unless you are suggesting they should be forced to sell/donate that land and build something useful on it (more housing presumably) its economically empty anyway.

    Quite why it is considered a worthwhile news story does indeed indicate the madness of society.

  3. . . . with traditional Thanksgiving dishes, including recipes made with fresh vegetables from their garden.

    They just moved in August. I know parts of southern California have an all year growing season for some plants but what about the veggies for a traditional Thanksgiving table? Perhaps the place they (Charles) bought already had a veg patch.

  4. I have some sympathy for The Mole’s position here.

    The most productive use of land in Santa Barbara without housing is as a status thing. So, you own some beautiful ornate gardens. But veggies do the same thing. It signals they’re so rich, they can afford to grow veggies on a million dollar piece of land, plus the whole “look at how normal we are” even though they probably have a gardener.

  5. I like Santa Inez. Went to breakfast at the Longhorn Cafe and was served by the Granddaughter of the owners went we first went there in 1980. She owns it now, and that is pretty rare continuity for SoCal.

  6. He’s probably having a garden shed built as we type. Smuggling in an old armchair, kettle, radio and some 1970s Penthouses.

  7. “He’s probably having a garden shed built as we type.”

    NFW. HOA would never allow it.

    ‘sitting down to homegrown vegetables from the garden.’ That’s the Tele writer talking. It says more about the Tele writer than Harry et al.

  8. Smuggling in an old armchair, kettle, radio and some 1970s Penthouses.

    Careful, he might see some “tasteful” pics of an aspiring actress who needed the money…

  9. Thus we should be putting that expensive resource to its highest value use, not some triviality like growing broccoli.

    That’s . . . dangerously collectivist. Its why I am opposed to things like the LVT. But it, I think, illustrates the difference between neo-liberalism and libertarianism even though they agree on a lot of issues.

    Its their land (I assume). They can do what they want with it. If that means ‘wasting’ it by growing vegetables, so be it.

    I’m sitting on 2.5 acres (1ha) and its primary value to me is that it keeps my neighbors at arms length. If I were truly interested in maximizing economic value I’d be living in a studio apartment in a high-rise – and absolutely miserable.

  10. Rowdy
    November 27, 2020 at 11:18 am

    He’s probably having a garden shed built as we type. Smuggling in an old armchair, kettle, radio and some 1970s Penthouses.

    Christ no! His neighbors would kill him. No, they’d do worse – lawyer him to death. Yes, even if they couldn’t see the shed. Just knowing it exists would drive them mad.

  11. Ah, no. I see what you mean but I wasn’t clear enough. Of course everyone should use their own land as they wish. Further, what brings utility is what brings utility. If that’s growing leeks then so be it.

    No, rather, start from where the collectivists are. “We” should be organising life so that we all grow our own veggies on our own land/allotment/garden. Because reasons. That argument doesn’t even work in and of itself, because “We” should be using assets at their highest, not lowest, value use.

  12. We fought two wars with you all to make sure the royal family couldn’t come over here. Then two more wars to make sure they didn’t end up here as refugees. And now this!

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