I bought a house!

Whew. After almost 4 years of searching and being indecisive I finally got off the pot and did it. I committed. I tied myself down. I moved all my stuff out of storage and into my very own home. The plan is to not move again until my kids are out of elementary school at least.
With a move there are always projects. The things you want to do to make better, make it livable or just make it yours. My project list is long at moment. Daunting even for a single mom to tackle on her own. Thankfully I do have friends and hopefully they will want to help. Continue reading I bought a house!

Consolidation and Time Management

Sometimes I feel like I live a double life and I suppose in some respects I do. There is one side that lives with simplicity and humility in this tiny trailer, in the open air, sweating my ass off in the heat, picking, weeding, building and doing what I do largely alone. And then there is this other side that hits the road (often randomly) to discover live music, large crowds, adventure and experience at every opportunity – I still don’t like movie theatres. This weekend I was to be found in Calgary (of all places) at a Folk Festival. Did you know the Calgary Folk Fest is over 30 years old? Holy Crap. I had no idea. I am rather in the dark about these things sometimes. Continue reading Consolidation and Time Management

Real Milk + Fresh Eggs + Plenty of Parsley = :)

Project Parsley.
Ha ha. Not really but I do love the stuff and employ nearly everyone I know to plant it in their yards so that I can eat it when I come over. I’m not even kidding.

I milk a cow for a friend when they go away so that we can have fresh, raw milk. I won’t drink anything else. Neither will my kids. Next project, make some cheese and butter with said milk.
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“Permaculture is revolution disguised as organic gardening”

I will admit to not being much of a gardener. Honestly my problem is seedlings. The transplanting of this delicate little baby plant into the earth where it is left in the open to the elements and susceptible to drying out, drowning or any other random event is just not my cup of tea. So I am not lying when I say that my approach to gardening has always kind of been stick a whole bunch of seeds in the earth somewhere that looks like something might grow and see what happens. I’ve had success and failure but never really put much stock or science into it.

The other day someone asked me, ‘Have you heard of permaculture?’ I answered a quick yes and then they asked, ‘Do you know what it is?’ This was a very powerful question because I had to answer, no not really. And oh my goodness has my world been turned upside down. All of the pieces are finally fitting. When I was looking around my city and thinking this is crazy there must be something better we can be doing, there was. There is.

There is a man named Masanobu Fukuoka who saw this clearly. There have been others as well. Bill Mollison for one he wrote the book on permaculture, literally.  And then there is David Holmgren as student of Mollison’s who has visited food forests around the world and worked to create some of the most unbelievable permanent gardens in some of the driest areas of the world. They are nothing short of oasis. All of this is happening and has been for a while now but the word ‘permaculture’ is still not one that many gardeners or ecologists or the like are familiar with.

While the worlds problems grow more and more complex the solutions are surprisingly simple. It is up to us to take the world back from the point of no return. Nature did not do this we did and nature cannot repair it but we can.

And the best part is it is MY kind of gardening. This makes sense to me in a way that planting a row of carrots never did. So that is a little bit of what I have been up to. The wheels are always turning the trick to to make them stay on the path.

If you are looking to learn more there is tons of info out there this is a good place to start: http://www.permacultureprinciples.com

Dreaming, discussing and doing.

I seem to spend most of my time on the first, more and more on the second and the least on the third. I think I’d like to aim for a little more equal proportions in life. One of the more common themes that comes up for me in my dreams is city or country. Which path do I want to follow? And, more importantly, how do I decide?

One one hand I want to be in the city where I can be in touch with a large population of people. I can influence their ideas and feed the idea of living more consciously and making intentional choices. Work with members of my community to help them see a different way of life.

On the other hand so much of what I want to see has to start somewhere. If I want to see it happen I’ve got to build it. Or better yet I’ve got to work with like minded individuals to build it. An over sized hobby farm with good pasture management and some serious permaculture is a dream that I have held for a long time. As long as I have been dreaming I’ve been dreaming of a farm.

It is more along the lines of social responsibility and wanting to create the most change and affect the most people which makes me want to stay in the city. More and more however I am realizing that I am not truly doing what I want to be doing here in the city. Too much of my time and energy is going towards paying bills. So then, I begin to wonder how can I get away from that? How can I pay the bills and still be building? Isn’t that the magic question? So easily sidetracked by ideas we dreamers are. I wonder how the doers manage with that.