I am ashamed of the Australian attitude in so many ways right now. It's not just the carbon tax either but our attitude to asylum seekers and numerous other issues. We've always had a reputation for being casual and laid back. Was this image only a result of an 'I'm all right Jack, bugger you' attitude?! The average Aussie doesn't want the carbon tax but the average Aussie is living very comfortably. That makes them very selfish in my eyes. They have an amazing knack for wearing blinkers and ignoring the plight of so many other humans in the world that are already suffering as a result of climate change.
Anyway, I can feel myself winding up. I've decided not to discuss my feelings on the matter in depth because I simply don't have the energy. It's the start of the new term today so I'll focus on my children, our home and our personal efforts to address climate change.
By constantly assessing our personal impact we are often trying new things. We've changed the way that we cook so that we have dramatically reduced our packaging and our food miles. Sometimes that sees us eating some pretty weird meals. For example, yesterday saw us eating a pizza with oranges and rhubarb. The oranges are local (grown by a friend), in season and the rhubarb was in our garden. I spread the pizza with the fruit butter that I bottled in Autumn.
I'm also learning new skills. Having brushed up on my knitting in the last couple of years, I keep attempting to take my knitting forward. I'm making Buddy Boy a jumper at the moment and it's the first time I've attempted a V neck. It was doing my head in yesterday! Decreasing at one side every six rows while simultaneously decreasing every alternate row on the other side. Argggh! And getting to the bit where I should have three stitches remaining but finding five. *Sob* Now I have to work out how to even up the other side of the V neck when I don't even know what I did wrong.
|I have assured him that the needle will be gone when the jumper is complete! He was feeling a bit nervous. Ha ha!|
|Belle wearing the knitted dress I finished two years ago.|
There are heaps of things we've changed over the last few years. I don't know what my next new skill or practice will be, but I do know there will be plenty of new things that we will try as a family. It doesn't always work out perfectly but we are happy, comfortable beyond the imagination of many in the world, and pleased that we are reducing our family's level of pollution and will continue to do so.
To use a well worn analogy - the path we have chosen is not the easiest; in fact, it's pretty bumpy sometimes. However I think it's much more beautiful than the main road and I happen to know that the main road is leading to nowhere and very, very fast! We are not lonely. Many of our friends are walking down our path as well and we have lots of fun and laughs along the way.