Despite getting a bit creative with the title it’s evident, notwithstanding the best of intentions, for the moment monthly round-ups are the only posts I’m managing to blog* with the exception of my spur-of-the-moment #covid19 post last week. Even with our focus on Covid-19 life here is busy-ness as usual. Amidst it all I’ve completed a few Tafe NSW Permaculture course assignments including the base map and overlays of my project site, as well as wildlife and animal care.
We’re fine. We live 30 km from the nearest town so popping to the shops lacks appeal even in the best of times. There is a pub in our village but given our aversion to risk-taking, and its current government mandated changes to trading conditions we’ll do our best to support whatever it offers without compromising ourselves. We have enough food and supplies. Our usual fortnightly or so food shop and stash of provisions in case of fire, flood, emergency will keep us going for the time being. We’re still getting a few eggs from our chooks, have a bit of a vege patch, local growers and a weekly produce pick-up/swap at our local reserve… conducted in accordance with safe social distancing.
The few upcoming events we had in our social calendar have been cancelled… no matter; our usual day-to-day life at home offers plenty of opportunity for distr-action and creativeness: gardening; studying; reading; watching; making our own food; social media; care calls; simply being and living this wonderfully simple & frugal life… much the same as we do anyway.
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I’ll spare you the worst, and share only the best. I stayed quiet for a while but carelessness and self-interest of too many people began to make me anxious so I decided to keyboard warrior my way through it.
After reading Fat Pig Farm’s latest email newsletter, titled “The tough bit in between”… I, and others, asked them to post the content on Facebook. Below are the closing paragraphs. Inspirational.
“It can feel like the ends of days. It’s not. It’s the beginning. A time to reassess what is important. Who is important. How community is built by us, not foist upon us, or something that only exists on Seachange. This last week was pretty damn hard for Sadie and I. We faced defeat, faced betraying the people who helped make our farm, and helped make us, what we are. I don’t know how we’ll be able to keep our immediate farm community buoyed financially. But we must find a way.
This week has also been the best week of our time together: Seeing the incredible goodness in the souls of our staff. Being honest about our failings, our vulnerabilities, our strengths and our hopes, and having others do likewise, has brought a new vantage to what is coming. We know that at the other end of this lies a new place. A different phase. It may be altered in many ways. But it will also be the same. It will have all the laughter, tears, pain, courage, joy and pleasure that humanity is capable of. There’s just a little tough time to get through in between.”
And this, attributed to Kitty O’Meara to which I added… And gardened.
“And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.
And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.
And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.”
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“Waking up begins with saying am and now. That which has awoken then lies for a while staring up at the ceiling and down into itself until it has recognized I, and therefrom deduced I am, I am now. Here comes next, and is at least negatively reassuring; because here, this morning, is where it has expected to find itself: what’s called at home.” ― Christopher Isherwood, A Single Man
Join me in staying at home as much as possible to slow the coronavirus 2019-2020 pandemic. Take care, and be well. Keep in touch… we can do this together but apart. Let’s make the best of it.
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