Saturday, 24 February 2018

Springing into Action

There seems to be so much going on at the moment. I am always busy. There is always more to do. That's not to say I don't enjoy a snooze on the verandah after lunch or catch up on a favourite TV series on Netflix in the evening. But the days are full of things to do and I can't seem to get to the end of the list - in fact I am almost never able to even cross off a job.


The To-Do list is full of items like: weed veggie patch or process the remaining sheep fleece. Weeding is no sooner finished than it must be started again and it's unlikely I will get to the end of the sheep fleece before I get more.


The giant pile of unwanted plastic has gone to the recycling. Hurrah!





The garden shed has been cleared and tidied and with help from our volunteers children, items have been washed, dried and put away.


 As a reward for helping me I gave them a stick weaving experience - they made dreamcatchers to take back to their home when their travels are over. I hope they will remember their stay with us.




Our volunteers moved on and we had a few days respite before we hosted a cyclist for a couple of nights. We put our details on a website called 'warmshowers' which lets touring cyclists know of places to stay where they can rest, get a hot meal, a warm shower, pitch their tent, catch their breath etc. Normally cyclists don't stay more than one night but our intrepid traveller was in need of a rest and asked if she could stay an extra day. There is no money changing hands, we get paid in travellers tales and adventures of, sometimes, epic proportions. It's a rewarding thing to do from our perspective and we don't often get takers. Our cycling guest started her journey in Sweden last November and taking a winter break in southern Ireland has been cycling southwards ever since, the final destination being Lisbon where she will spend a few days before flying to New York for a job interview at a bike shop. We feel sure she is a really good candidate.



My plastic reducing regime was sorely tested when out shopping. Checking the label of a dress, skirt and blouse that I really liked, I found that it was 100% synthetic fibres and so I very reluctantly walked away. I consoled myself with a pair of jeans 95% cotton and 5% elastane/lycra. I added to that 3 100% cotton tops and I felt quite pleased with myself.



The food shop was a monumental fail when it came to reducing plastic. Remember I told you that laziness would likely be the downfall? Well so it was. It was impossible to purchase fruit and veg without putting it into a plastic bag. It wasn't market day so if I wanted fruit and vegetables there was no alternative.  We thought about going to the butchers but looking at our watches just put a pack of prepackaged meat in the shopping cart. I consoled myself with the thought that I would be recycling the plastic container.


The weather continues sunny and getting warmer, although today we have a very cold wind. It's hard not to feel at least a little bit energised by the advance of spring.. so many fun things looming, spinning, knitting, sewing, travel, family, friends, gardening, planting, fruit, preserving.. getting paid for our olives and awaiting delivery of two new sofas!

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