So thought it must be time for another blog post and an update on the journey towards a good life. I thought it might be a good idea to look at my original “So, what’s it all about?” post and measure progress against that:
It’s about trying to make my lifestyle fit in with my beliefs and values.
Well, this is kind of working. I feel reasonably comfortable with my lifestyle as a stay at home, home educating mum.
It’s about learning to live with less stuff.
I have sold my Garmin and heart rate monitors on Ebay, have cleared out my wardrobe to leanest yet levels, freecycled excess stuff… My main downfall is books – I just can’t quite see them as “stuff”. Can I learn to live with fewer books? I’m just not sure!!
It’s about growing vegetables, and learning to sew, and turning switches off at the wall, and reducing waste, and other baby steps towards a more self sufficient and energy efficient lifestyle.
The first year of vegetable growing has gone reasonably well – successes included radishes, salad leaves (particularly the fabulous red mustard) and courgettes. We are now enjoying home grown tomatoes and runner beans. Still waiting for the fennel to plump up enough to be worth eating and have sprouts to look forward to in the winter. The borlotti beans were a bit of a waste of space in the raised bed – they took up the space for ages and, although super pretty, only really provided enough of a harvest for 2 or 3 meals. Next year I need to be a bit more on top of successional sowing of stuff so as to make better use of the space but I don’t think it has gone too badly! I have certainly learned that my crops need protection, not only from birds eating my beetroot seedlings, but also from neighbouring cats loving to use any freshly dug soil as a toilet. Grrrr.
The sewing has been the great success of 2009 so far for me. I am still enjoying the morsbagging and recently met up with another pod in Norwich to do a bagging workshop in the window of Oxfam there. It was a fabulous day and really inspiring. I have now made 47 bags, and have just heard that I will be pod of the fortnight on the Morsbags forum next!
It’s about letting go of traditional models of school and learning to trust that my children will learn what they need to know when they are ready to know it.
The home education adventure is working well – will be blogging about it here.
It’s about coming together with others towards a transition culture.
The transition group has been less rewarding than I had hoped but rather a bit of an energy sapping uphill struggle to generate enthusiasm, participation and support. The edible garden we have created has been quite a success but not much else is happening there and I am not sure if I have the personal energy and resources to keep banging away at it. It does feel rather like flogging a dead horse!
It’s about sharing that journey with others and recording it for myself so I can see how far I’ve come and how far I’ve got to go.
Ok, so I have been a bit crap at keeping this updated…but I will try harder!