Presently, I feel a bit ungrounded which I suppose is the opposite to well-grounded. My veggie patch looks neglected, my fruit orchard looks neglected, my chickens look neglected (but healthy), and my greenhouse is definitely neglected.
Why is this all so, I hear you ask? Well as I ponder this question, I believe it may have something to do with biting off more than one can chew. During spring, which is supposed to be the season for planting and renewal, I was overwhelmed with so many events and projects over the last three months. Here is a list so that I and others can visualise better.
- Two cheesemaking workshops
- Preparation for Sustainable House day
- Sustainable House day
- Education marquee at the Djerrawarrh Festival
- Two guttering projects
- Chicken nipples installed
- A season of Clay Cob Oven building
- A candlemaking workshop
- Homebrew Beer making workshop
- Passing of a friend
- Keeping down a full time job
- Realisation that I needed to spend more time with Kim
- Writing (3 blogs, 1 monthly newspaper column, bimonthly grass roots)
- Diploma of Carbon Management
- Joined a Bowhunting club
- Relatives visiting
- Rainwater tank (2300 litres) broke and replaced
- Solar Hot water broke
- The Great Kilowatt Challenge
What a busy time of the year! No wonder I don’t feel like I have time to scratch myself. Since I stopped watching TV quite a while ago, I seemed to have so much time to myself, however all of that spare time has fallen victim to the Jevons Paradox (time is a resource as well)!
I need to ground my hands in the earth, to get that sense of satisfaction that only growing your own food gives you. Things like preparing ground for planting, sewing seeds, weeding and digging in manure, talking to the chickens, mulching the beds, stiring compost, and feeding worms. These are some of the things that I will be doing this weekend to re-establish my relationship with the soil and to ground myself again.
I will be getting back to basics, and stop all new projects for a while. Maybe it is time to relax a bit, keep my powder dry in preparation for a big year ahead, and just kick back a little now that my Uni Diploma is over and things are winding down for the year. What do you think? Candles at both ends?