OH yeah, its been awful really. My sister and i have had arguments and so far we have had one councilling session. I hope it works because if not, she will want to sell this place and go and live somewhere else and she can do that, even though its in both our names. I yeah, i hope we can find a way forward and i hope councilling can act more quickly than usual to make the difference.
But i'm also excited because with my new caravan (which is not new by the way) i have realised i can't get wifi at it and so i'd have to move the van to another section of my third ( we've agreed that each of us - my sister, my father and me will have a third of the block to be in charge of). This is good because i've got the power now to get DAd's dinghy moved (when the tomatoes have finished for the season) and do something proper with that end of the nursery. My idea is to put the van in the shade at the edge of the forest and then in the sunny part (where its swampy in summer) build an island out of bricks, crusher dust and sand and on it will be my kitchen - until i can build one for the long term in my forest. This will be a wonderful space for this . I envisage planting some palms around the kitchen to get some shade and to provide atmosphere for the sand. Obviously i can't have too many coconut palms but i always intended having them off to one side. Perhaps i can have another little raised island for some other sorts of things to grow like parsley and herbs though its hard to grow those here.
Speaking of which, a pair of ducks a=have been swimming in my pond. someone knocked down the barrier and they are going there too regularly so i am shooing them out regularly. My waterlilies died while i was away but i've still got the kangkong but i don't want duck poo in my pond or duck claws tearing the plastic.
So for the next year, garden wise, i am going to focus all my efforts on the lower third of the garden, or pretty much so anyway. Unfortunately most of this area is forest and gets swampy in the wet season and is not suitable for growing edibles.
That's enough for now, though its not all.
I forgot to say hi to annette because i was thinking it was a message from stingray. HI Annette and thanks for your message.
... and i forgot to give you teh link to my new biccycle touring pictures form the kimberly so hang ten while i get the link.
click on the dates on the calendar and the thunbnals to move through the blog. Sorry for tying i am drnk now. ONly had tow glasses of wine. sorry.
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This is probably a bit left of centre but from the perspective of human relations, i've taken up with buddhism more actively though i will never become a buddhist or even want to be. I found a centre where i can go regularly for meditation and motivation.
They had a helpful little one liner for guidance which i have found really great since i am already familiar with many buddhist concepts. The oneliner - which neesd to be a bit more poetic - is behave like the buddha. I have to say that this in some ways helps iwth mindfulness than thinking of the word mindfulness. I think its wonderful.
The other wonderful think i like about buddhism which i got reminded of the other day was that you can cherry pick. The Buddha wanted his followers to challenge and discover everything for themselves and not to swallow things whole or follow blindly. I do think i love the buddha. Pity he's no longer around.
There's plenty that i will never be able to go with in Buddhism but if i focus on what is good and believable i think i can achieve what i want from it - which is not "englightenment per se"
I went to a permaculture gardening day the other day. We were doing some work on a community garden. I had my wallet stolen out of my bag.
Well who'd have thunk it.
On my travel forum i always tell people that stuff like this happens when you get complacent. And guess what i was complacent the other day. I thought that no one in a permie group would steal a wallet. And yet it appears someone did.
At first we thought it was one particular person who has was seated next to my bag for quite a long time that morning. But we followed up on that possibility and it seems he didn't take it. The only other candidate always sits in my mind as someone who is not 100% all there but somewhat more together than the other guy. So he sits in my head as a possibility but i don't want to accuse him. If its not him, it can only be one of not even a handful of older women who it seems to me unthinkable that it could be one of them.
There was a guy pass through the garden but one of the other women said she saw him walk straight through. I have to ask her if she watched him the whole time.
Anyway the moral of the story is never be complacent about your stuff even surrounded by permies.
There is no doubt my wallet was in my bag in the first place since i had argued with myself before i got out of the car whether to leave it in the car or take it with me and because of the stupid stance we have about not leaving valuables in the car, i took it. I then also had this debate about leaving it on the bench or should i put it in the shed, but i thought oh its ok there. And then i even wondered about that guy who i first though might have took it but said to myself oh, he's one of us, it will be all right. How wrong was i. I just don't know who took it that's all.
That's really sad sunburn. I too have left my bag in open view when working at the community garden thinking that they aren't the sort of people who would steal.
My guess would be that it's an outsider who moved through the place so fast that no one even noticed their presence. My gut tells me you can trust the people you have asked directly.
It is an awful thing to have an experience in a place where you think there is trust only to find someone has betrayed that trust and stolen money or whatever. One of the central tenents of buddhism is non-attachment to material things of the world. One way to see this would be to consider that maybe this was an opportunity for that. Just a thought as I have had similar experiences.
Annette, i have tried to take a buddhist view of it so i haven't been overly upset by it either. However losing $100 does mean that i don't have it for other things i still need. And losing my cards means i have a) to pay to replace some and b) muck about a bit to get the others back and c) not being able to contact those people in Darwin if i want so while my mood about it is generally ok, it has had practical implications of a real nature. If i had more money, the loss of money wouldn't matter so much but because i have so little its actually probalby the thing that is the worst. I don't feel parpticularly attached to those things so i don't htink its a matter of a chance for practicsing non-attachment. But i have had an occasion to practice that with our property recently which has been challenging but i think i've just about got on top of it.
Oh that's good. Can be annoying having to sort out all the implications of having the purse stolen. I remember when I was looking into buddhism and considering it, my mother's wedding ring went missing. It was really the only thing I had of her left in the material world. It threw me in a spin. I was bereft for weeks. Then I realised she was always in my heart and i eventually let it go. Took a great deal of work to get to that landing. Anyway a couple of months later it turned up on my duchess. Go figure.
Well that ended well then didn't it. It would be great if my wallet could end up on my duchess (if i had one). The car seat would be fine. ;-)