Several posts on blogs I follow have really got me thinking of late, about what the future will hold. Gavin from the Greening of Gavin had a dream which he wrote out and shared as a short story (read it here) which really struck a deep chord with me. Thanks Gav! And today, I made a conscious decision to try to live some of that dream.
Martin wanted to run up to the post office as a parcel was waiting for him to collect and rather than walk which although a great choice environmentally, does take time which is of the essence on weekends to us, I encouraged him to hop on his new bike (thanks Lynda!). He did and was back before I thought he would be. 🙂 I then decided to follow suite as I wanted to pop into the Ballan Farmers Market and grab some more peanut butter. So, I too used the power of the pedal to head up the hill to the market. Well, apart from looking mighty funny as I wobbled and nearly toppled a dozen times before reaching the edge of our property, then fumbling the gear changes and dropping the chain 3 times I did eventually arrive at the market with wobbly knees, shaking hands and a heaving set of lungs, but over all triumphantly! I had cycled to the market and been on a bike for the first time in probably 10 years. AND I LOVED IT! 😀 Cycling back was a little scarier as it was faster with a tail wind and heading downhill but I made it back with my goodies and without stacking. i am feeling mighty proud of myself. I need to get up my level of fitness now, source a bike trailer, fit the toddler seat and get 3 kids (a total weight of about 45kgs excluding the trailer and seat) and get me up to the supermarket and such as once peak oil arrives, a car trip for the 500m to the shops is a luxury that we will not be able to afford.
I felt like I moved a step closer to the future I want to see.
I also fired an email off to a friend the other day inviting her up to visit the “farm” as she sees our place. She wants to meet the chooks and ducks and kids too so I envision a lovely time. She has a new job however and its one she can no longer catch public transport to get to so she wants to plant a few trees to help offset her carbon miles (a great idea I reckon) and she wants to plant them here (I won’t say no) so I’ve fired back an email outlining our plans for the food forest garden and then she can not only balance her carbon miles somewhat but it will be something of tremendous use and help to us with fruit that she would be more than welcome to come and enjoy too. 🙂 I’ve suggested she consider the Nagasakiwase Loquat I’m hoping to put in (if you haven’t tried a loquat you’re missing out) but there are plenty of other trees we will be putting in including non edibles for nitrogen storage and later on firewood too. Many exciting possibilities.
Anyway, to the future I see. I do see a time where things are quite possibly going to be pretty ugly. There will be a storm before the calm but that first sunrise after a big storm always brings hope, even when it does reveal the damage done. I see a time when people will scramble to make sense and try to get by but once that time has passed I truly believe there will be a future that is much brighter than even we, living at the so-called peak of civilisation, could never have imagined. We will not need to make a stand to be ecological, where we won’t have recycling because everyone will automatically repurpose, where money won’t be anywhere near as prevalent or important as everyone will instead barter with swaps and trades of goods and services, where communities are once again thriving and local, where employment is available to all, even if it is seasonal (shearing, harvesting), where everyone will have veggies or fruit trees or chickens or some form of food crop to raise for themselves and for trading. Maybe I am being incredibly Utopian but better to aim for the sun I say. If we miss we will still end up out amongst the stars. 🙂
Well, time for me to go get some things done whilst Orik sleeps and the other monkeys are out with daddy and get started on building that future dream. 🙂