I’ve had another quiet week at home this week. Nearly two months at home without travelling has to be some sort of record for me. I’ve managed to cut way back on my work trips this year, and so far it looks like I’ll only need to travel once in the first six months of the year. Woo Hoo!
Having said that, I feel like I’m in a bit of a rut. The garden is going well and doesn’t take much of my time anymore. I’ve been consolidating my crochet skills and feel like I have that under control. My exercise routine is just that….a routine. I’m the sort of person that loves starting something new and without something new and exciting, I feel lost. I need some inspiration!
This morning, Brendan and I went to the Fungus Fair. It wasn’t as big as I was expecting, but we learned some interesting things nonetheless. I particularly enjoying seeing how certain mushrooms can be used to dye natural fibers. The range of colours were wonderful.
On the way home from the fair we went past the Convention Center to give our support to the various groups protesting Monsanto who was in town for a science convention. It was great to see the crowd out with their signs and banners despite the wet weather. Hopefully they achieved their purpose of educating the public about some of Monsanto’s practices.
OK, onto this week’s update.
Getting off the Economic Grid
- In the long term, both Brendan and I envisage operating a number of home based businesses. It’s important for us to do things we are passionate about and which allow us the flexibility of working hours that suit us. We want out of the rat race and being our own boss is how we plan to achieve that. To that end, Brendan has been working hard this week to get his home-based bike repair and service business up and running. The shed is all tricked out with new tools and looks very professional. I’ll take some photos later this week for his website. He might even write a guest post about it if I ask him nicely.
- Another important goal is to remove ourselves as much as possible from the consumer economy. Where possible, we buy used or homemade, so for our friend’s baby shower last night I didn’t just want to go out and buy a gift from the registry. I decided to give the gift of a family photography session when the little one arrives and I also crocheted him a little beanie (below). The parents to be were so happy that they get the photo session they really wanted, and I got to remain true to my values.
Grow some food
- We’ve had a slug invasion this week. They chomped through my collard and broccoli seedlings overnight so I had to do something about it ASAP. I usually just go slug hunting late at night or early in the morning. My eye is fine tuned to finding their slimy trails on my plants. I probably should do some research on deterrents to keep my seedlings safe until they are big enough to cope.
- I harvested our first spinach. It was delicious. I pulled one out at the roots and now the half we didn’t eat is in the fridge in a cup of water. It’s keeping well this way so we’ll be able to eat the rest of it tonight.
- We’ve had more rain this week. In the last couple of months I’ve only needed to hand water the seedlings. All the mature vegetables are coping quite well with just the natural rainfall, which is a nice change from drip irrigating every second day.
Reduce Energy Dependence
- My lack of travelling this year has done wonders for reducing my energy use. It’s a nice change to the usual feelings of guilt about all the air miles I accrue.
Plan to own some productive land
- A friend from Australia has been visiting this week. We’ve been discussing the extremely high property prices in Oz and bemoaning the fact that it’s too expensive to buy anything without becoming a complete debt slave. He has dreams of living a sustainable lifestyle on 40 acres, so we’ve been sharing stories about our future plans. It’s amazing how many people are on this same wavelength. I’ve been pleasantly surprised in the last month to find like-minded people where I least expected them to be.