|Mezzaluna - the wonderful smell of chopping herbs|
by hand and the promise of the meal to come
I love all things simple - though I confess that I am struggling to put my blogging into a comfortable slot - yes, it makes me feel very good to share that which I know / have discovered / feel is important and will hopefully benefit someone else. My raison d'être has always been that of offering assistance - to be honest, even when it's not always been asked for. So, some may call me pushy / or controlling, but, hopefully, never overbearing LOL
I have also struggled to explain exactly what it is that is motivating RMan and I with our latest venture - namely moving out of our urban comfort zone and heading off into the unknown in order to live a simple life. A simpler life.
We have seen that both our children are both also adopting and adapting some of the things they do as a result of changes we have already made in our day-to-day lives. Yeeha!
Living simply does not mean that we won't have some mod cons on our farm - I have already got the chest freezer, and I will have to have some type of laptop, in order to keep in contact with loved ones far away / my blog / food for my grey matter. We will also have a small television - RMan and rugby / cricket / grand prix are inseparable.
And apart from that the old caravan LP gas stove, the dover stove and my solar oven, the Kexin gas water heater and the generator for use with power tools, will also be for our comfort. The rest of our requirements will be simple.
As long as we have water. Water is the most important aspect for anyone, and at the moment everything is unbelievably dry. As I mentioned yesterday, major water storage is on the cards - precious surplus rain water cannot be allowed to flow away unhindered on already sodden ground.
So it was with excitement that I watched a programme on BBC Knowledge the other night. (I have subsequently discovered that there are only three episodes, which is very disappointing). The programme is called "How to live a simple life" with the main character being a part-time (how can anyone be a "part-time") vicar, called Peter Owen Jones. A scruffy, beer drinking, occasionally mild swearing, part-time vicar. He summed up the simple life in a way that I completely identify with: "It is not so much a going back in time, but a way of moving forward into the future - a better future, a kinder future". Now I couldn't have put it better than that.
We had an enforced power outage last week - for 8 hours, whilst the switch gear in the substation on our road was being changed. RMan commented on how quiet it was, which emphasized again how white noise is constantly surrounding us. On the farm all we have is the noise of the wind (which is more or less constant LOL), Baaarba in the fields near by, or the cows calling their calves which have been purposely separated from them. We can even, on a rare occasion when the wind isn't blowing too ferociously, hear the birds wings flapping as they fly overhead. Any vehicle driving down our road can be heard from 3 or 4 kms away - whereas here, in Cape Town, we invariably awaken to the sound of a house or car alarm or a police siren, as the police car rushes to the next emergency / crime scene.
We also watched a programme called "Pickers" wherein two guys travel round the US of A scratching through people's barns to find hidden, forgotten treasures. That could not happen here - any building, never mind a barn, left uninhabited for too long would result in being broken into, just because it may contain something someone else may want (and therefore feels entitled to take), or because that would make a good building to squat in.
So sad, the disrespect that is paid to other people's possessions. Or is that a sign of the times?
Today's younger generation seems to be a throw-away generation. And angry, judging by the breaking news on most news broadcasts. Angry at the increasing greed of those in positions of power, at the expense of their electorate? How many more countries are going to plumb to the brink of collapse, because their leaders are too busy padding their own futures (and those of their family members) with scant regard for the people they were put into power to serve?
Is the distress in the world today, a result of the restlessness which seems to engulf most people - in different ways and for different reasons?
We recently sold an old CCTV screen with two camera's that RMan had in his factory, 20-odd years ago. It was still in perfect working order, but we were unable to use it. So it sat in a cupboard until it was agreed that the time had come to pass it on to someone else. It is certainly the most eco-friendly way of disposing of something for which one has no further use. The guy who purchased it from us said that he worked for a film company and they were on the look out for things for props - from the 80's and 90's. The 50's and 60's - there is no problem finding stuff, but after that - nada. Why? Well, it seems to be because, recently (since the mid-70's), if an item goes 'out of fashion' then it is simply thrown away, and something new is purchased to replace it and bring the owner "up to date".
Have we become a society of "more"? Is "more" better? Is "more" making us happier? Or is more actually causing dissatisfaction and making us unappreciative of what we have, because it can always be replaced - even to the extent of replacing supposed "I do" life-long partners seemingly on a whim. I find that so incredibly sad. And again, those in positions of power (leaders of countries, movie and pop stars) are making this option "acceptable" through their very public choices / whims.
Simpler, to me, is attractive, because there is a consistency to it. There is an authenticity and a pride attached to simple - more than can be obtained from purchasing more and more goods, whether they are required or not.
|Surplus goods - for preserviong or bartering|
I crave the simpler way. Honest, authentic and genuine. Plenty of honest-to-goodness hard work...
|A simpler life awaits us - I can't wait...|
We're off to the farm for a l-o-n-g weekend - enjoy yours and catch you next week :-)