Better a handful with quietness than both hands full, together with toil and grasping for the wind. 'Vanity of vanities', says the preacher in Ecclesiastes; 'all is vanity.'
A year as no other (as has been the case so far), so much that was going on was not as ever before. Indeed, quarantaine and stay-at-home was our self chosen situation and in this I bloomed.
Together with Geo my dear husband, I made a start in permacultural farming and to this very day in the middle of December, we still eat from the garden. To make this post interesting for you, I linked most photos to old posts. And when you are in need for beauty to feed the eye’s desire, buy one of my pouches (simply click the photo and you’ll be redirected to the relevant shop page.)
Because my reason is that I have to be creative. I need beauty in my life, however small, however insignificant.
A sharp learning curve, back to the source
The summer months for anyone not experienced in permaculture farming are more absorbing than a cold lizard basking in the sun.
I try not to sound too much like an alternative praising goatwool and spirulina (alpaca and nettle are great too) but the joys of seedlings and free sour cherries is quite praiseworthy.
Foraging, making use of what already is
Recapturing what was once a normal knowledge makes me feel that, although I can do a lot, I know not much about the basics. Always been a hard worker, this year I worked harder than ever. Though, not so compared to a newbie in shepherding in Snowdonia.
I learned a few things, nothing life saving but pleasant nevertheless. Left upper photo is carob powder, that stuff is made from pods you can find in the forest, they’re a nice ‘fibery’ source in cookies and breakfast. Another tasty addition to make you buy less is to dig up some dandelion roots. The same goes for nettle tops, the green picture, you can make powder of them and also a very delicious syrup. It surprised me. A lot. Like, really a lot! Do you know that nettle syrup can sub the expensive maple syrup. Yep. Yellow flower buds in glass bowl are goldenrod and a lot can be done with this weed. The lower right picture is sumac but I haven’t found time yet to document that lemony tasting spice (it will appear here).
To balance out all that work, I embroider
Zipper pouch asymmetrical black walnut €32.75 – Drawstring pouch Calpe ochre €20 – Slip-in pouch Jacksonville €30 – Zipper pouch Kesthely €30 – Slip-in pouch Maryvilla €50 – Zipper pouch asymmetrical onion skin €32.75 – Zipper pouch Italy €30 – Zipper pouch Paraguay cerrito €45. Postal service included.
I started naturally coloring (with resources that are often edible too)
All my work is embroidered the slow way (naturally, by hand)
Often made sitting at a camp fire (just as before)
All of the pouches I send did neatly arrive, reviews included
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Trying to be self-sustainable in the countryside of Hungary: weeds and wild, tours and talent included
My thoughts after our first kickbike trip in the USA did not extinguish my desire for this odd sort of transport. On the contrary: the kickbiking took off.
The teabags I carry hold sayings: ‘When was the last time you were proud of yourself?’, ‘When was the last time you challenged yourself?’, ‘What gives you energy?’, ‘What is a good characteristic of yours?’ and ‘Are you a dreamer, thinker or doer?’ To each saying I give clear answers. I learn a short trip does not necessarily have to be a success in order to be a success.
Um… just self indulgence, my own short comings, characteristics of a traveler. (Formerly: a write-up not to inspire you -oh, Lord, no- but to make you aware of the possible outcome of traveling long time solo. And also a little bit about to go your own way, to depend on your own gut feeling).