I hope you're having a nice stay in the US - have yet to catch up on people's journals!
I hope everyone is well. I've been a bit scarce on account of needing to catch up with a lot of things that fell by the wayside when we were impeded for three weeks with influenza, and some of these items are a bit hard to budge! It's the sort of thing that gives smallholders headaches: For example, it was back in late April/early May that I started a drainage project around our shed and completed Stage 1; and I was ready to do Stage 2 the following week, when I got a stress fracture in my foot and couldn't do any digging and wheelbarrowing until that had healed up. So in late June, I finally got back to that, and Brett and I dug the ditch for Stage 2 one afternoon. The pipes are sitting there ready to be slotted and go in the ditch, but it rained for a week and that's not a good time to work with pipes. So then on the next sunny day when you're doing something else on your to-do list that urgently needs doing, you're also looking at the pipes sitting there and hoping to get around to them sometime that day and then your other jobs stretch, and it's still undone at the end of the day, which gets frustrating. It's like The Curse of the Unfinished Drainage Pipes. And then there's fencing repairs also queueing, and even pruning in the garden. I need a TARDIS, not for international travel in this instance, but so I can fit five days' worth of work into one, and finally be caught up. But, I'm going to be scarce until all that stuff is done.
I did read in interesting article in The Guardian
that says endless to-do lists are demoralising, and that you should choose just three things for your to-do list, by priority, and work on those, and not add anything else to your list until these three tasks are done. Then you start with another three-task list, and so on. I've been trying that out, and it ties in well with the "three main tasks a day, everything else is a bonus" technique Brett introduced to me - three things are usually doable, and then you don't feel demoralised by things remaining on your list, plus if you get the three things out of the way, you feel ahead when you start jumping into "extra" tasks after that! So, slowly and surely, things are getting done - the tree planting this year has been excellent, for instance, and the food garden is OK, and all the horse and donkey feet are trimmed, and the house is in good order in general.
Basically, there are many maintenance tasks that just get you back to square one, so things look the same as they did before - and 90% of my work time outdoors seems to be taken up with those. The "new work" category gets a back seat, but the tree planting has been fabulous, for instance, because it's something that's changing and you can watch grow after you've done it. Whereas a repaired fence is just a repaired fence! At least with permaculture techniques, tasks are rarely isolated, e.g. when I mow the lawn (when my eager four-legged helpers don't beat me to it), or prune things, it's not just something that makes the garden look tidy, but the clippings go back in the cycle via our compost bin, to produce organic fertiliser for our food garden. Also, the mower is battery-powered, and therefore runs off our solar panels, and not fossil fuels.
I have been following
's advice to ride when the time is best for riding, and not at the end of the day as a reward that I may then be too tired to take up. So, I've been riding every second day generally, excepting winter deluges, and always at the best time of day, when it's warm and sunny. While I've not been on a "big" ride since the plantation ride documented a couple of weeks ago, we potter around on the on-farm and neighbour's tracks and it keeps the horse, the dog and me entertained, and exercised to a baseline level.
There were some things I didn't respond to earlier, which I will now:
I like when the trail goes through the tall trees! You must feel special riding through that. I think I would feel like an explorer, which is odd with the great road, but you know... Iím a little odd.
Well, I'm a bit odd too, because I do actually feel a bit like an explorer riding through places like that!
Next time I go out into the plantation, I shall take the loop that goes past the old defunct dairy, and take photos to share. That will feel a little like archaeology actually, because the building is roofless and collapsing...
I love the yawning! Hilarious.
It works with my dog too. And sneezing! I've been mock-sneezing when she's been sneezing, and now if I mock-sneeze, it can set her off sneezing!
Originally Posted by DanteDressageNerd View Post
Wow!! The pictures and experience look absolutely amazing!! You guys go on some great adventures!!
Thank you. I always ooh and aah over your travel photos too!
There's some beautiful places in the world, and a lot of them are nearby, if we have eyes for it. We decided to make time again. I'll have some pictures of Middleton Beach and Emu Point soon, we went on a nice afternoon walk there yesterday after Brett's work, because it was his birthday, and today we are about to embark on a climb of Mt Magog in the Stirling Ranges, for the same reason! Photos will be taken. That part of the Stirlings is Lord of The Rings
Hope you didnít break yourself on a hike!
No, I tend to break myself between
Wishing everyone a wonderful evening / day!