I have a couple of reasons to feel so happily excited, not the least being that it is a wonderfully, grey drizzly day. The first we've had for ages. It's been so dry around here that we are back to the situation we were in at the end of the last drought! But today it rains!!!!
I've been madly organising a gift that I hope she and her baby will like but that fits in with my principles for sustainable gift giving. Today I received two little beanies that I ordered from Christine at Slow Living Essentials. She made these for me as a custom order. They are amazing and I can't recommend her store enough! Just go to her blog and click the Sweet Peeps button in the side bar.
So I am now prepared. I have two handspun and knitted beanies and a stuffed rabbit that I made last week.
|I stuffed the bunny with sheep wool and some dried lavender|
Hubby and I had a wonderful weekend. We went to an engagement party. A lovely friend that I met at my permaculture design course (three and a half years ago) is engaged to a very nice man. It was so refreshing to have open conversation with real people (as opposed to bloggy friends) about our lives and what we are trying to achieve here at our place. I guess we come at climate change from two angles in our family. We try to reduce our carbon footprint and we also try to prepare for an uncertain future. It's a damn hard, slow process due to lack of planning before we built our home, still living in a consumerist world and because it takes time to change day to day living.
At the party I chatted with another friend about some preparations I would like to make regarding health concerns. I have an idea floating in my head about making a medicinal herb garden. (Must get on to it) He was telling me about a book he has which give many herbal and aromatherapy remedies that can be used if medical care is not accessible. The book was written by the people who run the Doom and Bloom website. I haven't really checked it out yet but I'm certainly interested in their book! I need to listen to a couple of their podcasts.
I've been using some herbal and aromatherapy remedies with my children for years and I'm often amazed to find they can be more efficient than medication from the chemist. I'm glad we spoke about health care on the weekend because it's brought my buried thoughts to the front of my mind. I will be bringing out my herbal books soon and starting to do some research.
Now please don't think reducing our energy usage or preparing for times of trouble is a depressing subject. Far from it! Today's efforts at reducing our family's carbon footprint has meant making up a sour dough sponge and placing it in front of the fire.
Then I fed the chooks and geese, collected eggs and ground some wheat so that I could make the kids some muesli bars for school snacks. I've saved any petrol being used to cart eggs from elsewhere, my wheat is also fairly local (it's certainly healthier than the dead flour in the supermarkets!) and I have produced no packaging.
I've washed up the bottles for the ginger beer that we will make later in the day. I had a brekky of tomato and scrambled eggs on toast and went through my seeds to find some to plant this afternoon. After a quick wipe down of the bathroom and a sweep of the kitchen floor, I sat to eat one of the freshly cooked bars and to write this post in front of the fire.I may even see if she'll help me attack my mountain of folding while the bread rises.
So it's not really so scary, is it? In the process of addressing climate change and peak oil today, I have created a warm and cosy atmosphere, my home smells delicious and I've enjoyed all my tasks. The terms 'climate change' and 'peak oil' strike fear into so many people's hearts but the reality is that working towards any energy descent is a lovely way to spend your days. Life feels more real and revolves around food and comfort, community and family.
Do you enjoy your journey towards energy descent and all that it entails? Or are you still just pondering where to start? Or maybe like Richard at Abdallah House you are much further along the path....... Richard and his family have a wonderfully sustainable lifestyle!