First: I’m not dead!
I have, in fact, just returned from a wonderfully relaxing holiday in Queensland, where we visited friends and my half of the family for Christmas. One of the awesome things about my family’s farm is the teeny, tiny, almost non-existent internet connection – which meant I couldn’t waste time mucking about online, missing the sunshine and fresh air and complete and utter lack of people. (Can you tell I go a bit nuts when I’m subjected to densely populated urban environments for too long?)
Not to worry, though. I’d thought ahead to my weekly posts, written them up, and had them nicely queued in the blog editor. All I had to do was push a button or two and they’d come rolling down the line with nary a sign I was AWOL from my usual webspace… Or so I thought.
It seems that the best laid plans of mice and men have, once again, been interfered with by technology.
So really, this is little more than a “sorry I let you down, now let’s get back on track” notice. How about I attempt to fill the page with a little of my current thoughts and meanderings?
I was reasonably productive on holiday, which is nice. I read eight books and about half a dozen small ebooks/reports. I made many, many hexipuffs for my Beekeeper’s Quilt. I also made a roundabout ribbed vest and almost finished a Poppy cardigan for one of Chipmunk’s dolls. Alas, I ran out of yarn with half a sleeve to go, so it’s still in the to-do pile.
I also spent a good deal of time just catching up with family, as well as hearing all about how the property has changed in the two years since we last visited. Dad has been putting a lot of time and money into fixing the erosion problems cropping up in some of the paddocks. They’ve seen some improvement from the work already, but only time will tell just how much work still needs to be done.
Coming home has found me refocusing on certain aspects of my life and spending some deep, thoughtful time looking at others and deciding what I want 2015 to look like. I’m focussing much, much more on permaculture this year, both in my personal space and as a profession – I’m trying to get myself set up as a consultant to help others. I’d really like to focus on reversing desertification and promoting water security in rural areas. Since I live in the suburbs, though, I’m also going to focus on small space design to maximise food production and energy efficiency on the backyard scale. So watch this space for more info!