Another weekend

Yes, another weekend has passed and here I sit, warming myself by Ignisa’s glowing belly, sipping a hot cocoa just before bed and reflecting on the weekend that was.

In some ways we have done precious little this weekend. Martin has managed to procure some nicely seasoned (read bone dry) wood extremely locally (just across the creek on our own property so has it) and chopped up the necessary for the weeks supply but aside from that and the other daily tasks we have done little. We have however, achieved a lot.

One of the things small towns are know for is their sense of community. Sometimes it’s a negative when the whole town knows the whole towns business but on the whole, there is a sense of community that is hard to find in larger towns or cities. And that sense of community, of being local people for our local area is something we sought when we moved here to Ballan. And, we have found it. Not just in Ballan but also in the surrounding towns.

The ultimate smal-town busybody – Rachel Lynde

Saturday was a day for the people. Meeting up with and spending time with 2 different families. Like-minded people. People who are walking their eco journey. People who don’t look at you like you’ve got bats in t he belfry when you talk about things like organic vegetables, peak oil, melting polar ice caps, solar panels and homemade just about anything. It’s nice not to be a rabid little hippy sometimes but just someone who is doing her part and who’s levels of rabid are understood and maybe even applauded. πŸ™‚ That’s not big-noting myself or saying I do heaps/enough/great. That’s just saying that to some people I know I am extreme, go to far or am just plain crazy. The moniker Rabid Little Hippy was given to me after all. πŸ˜‰Β So, Saturday was a day to spend time sharing ideas, ideals and general conversation about eco and unrelated things.

We started the day off with a visit to Gavin Webber again. I have a few friends who are also keen to get into the homemade cheese scene and who better to ask than Gav of Little Green Cheese fame (and of course Greening of Gavin fame πŸ˜‰ ) and as Gav sells both mozzarella and feta kits I said I’d grab them some mozzarella kits so our visit began with me picking up the kits. When Martin expressed some mild jealousy at my intended visit I was cheeky enough to ask if it would be ok for the rest of my family to “tag along”. With permission granted we headed off armed with cake. What ensued was a visit filled with laughter, serious conversation, shared beliefs and ideals and in general a great time. The kids all seemed to have taken their angel pills again and so were all on the best of best behaviour. We had great food, colby cheese and morning tea that edged nearly into mid-afternoon! πŸ˜€ I hope we didn’t overstay our welcome guys but we had a wonderful time. Thank you.

We lost Jasper and Allegra to the sandman in the car on the way home and Orik was also due for a nap so we had a couple of quiet hours before heading out once again, this time to Phoenix Park for a roast lamb dinner. And my goodness was it good! Organic lamb and the full trappings cooked by someone else. I know I can cook a good roast but there is something about eating food that you haven’t had to prepare yourself. I swear it really does taste better! πŸ˜€ And again, several hours of like-minded people sharing ideas, dreams and goals as well as achievements. A great finish to a great day.

One of the best bits of a busy Saturday is that the kids sleep well and we scored a sleep in Sunday morning! I was also smart enough to head to bed early and so scored nearly 11 hours of sleep with only 1 interruption! I cannot remember when last that happened! πŸ˜€ And an 8am wake up to boot! Win!

Today was a much quieter day and although we didn’t achieve what we had planned, the house is tidier and the souls are peaceful, hopefully ready for the week ahead.

Oh, and for those that have seen my washing pile, I’ve folded and put most of it away! πŸ˜‰


7 thoughts on “Another weekend

  1. LyndaD says:

    Now that sounds like a nice family weekend. Glad you managed a good long sleep. Im paying for not doing so, even 16 yrs olds keep you awake till 4.30am (especially when they are Aspie). Now i have a cold and i have actually taken tomorrow off work !!! Egads!!!! She did what? So glad Martin went with you to Gav’s. I accused Gav of using cheese to flirt with other women. What did he call your expression – “cheesegasim”. I love cheese BUT…….

  2. LyndaD says:

    PS, Rabid or not rabid, i take you as you are!

  3. narf77 says:

    Sometimes our plans are made to be broken and its great to remember that life is just waiting there for when we stop planning it all out to the nth ;). Glad you had a great weekend. I still haven’t managed to knock out my RSS Feed Reader but we made a 56 year old happy with a delicious spongecake for his birthday, we managed to keep Earl from eating the leather sofa and we kept the fire going with very little effort from us and aside from a couple of early morning walks we stayed well out of that frigid tundra known as Sidmouth ;).

  4. yes, those brief times when you are amongst people who ‘get’ you and are particularly like minded are like a true breath of fresh air. It’s like having a very big happy exhalation.
    I’m willing to bet Gavin’s cheese is particularly awesome.

    • Oh, it most definitely IS awesome.
      I’m actually very blessed in that many of our friends are eco people but even so, the general population isn’t and neither are our families so I still feel that relief when we’re with our eco friends. And yes, an exhalation is a perfect description. πŸ™‚

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