A few firsts.

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  1. Drove on my own for 1000km over the course of 6 days. To Perth and Back and then to Geraldton and Back.  My solo venturing for longer distances is giving me this sense of freedom and adventure that I really love!
  2. I picked up a large table and 6 chairs from Perth with Wesley.  Strapping the set on and driving 6 hours was a huge day but so worth the adventure!  At one point I had zero battery on my phone (no charger despite topping it to 100%) and it felt like I was in mission impossible driving up the highway wondering if I was going to find the house before the battery died.  It made for an exciting last 25 minute stretch of road.
  3. I removed a screen door from the front of the house and then helped Mike me install the new door and lock.
  4. Caught a photo of a baby mulga.
  5. Fertilised the lawn with organic lawn feed – but completely over measured and put the entire bag onto the grass (despite using a scale to weigh out a small portion).  The good news – we hope is that organic fertiliser is a lot less likely to burn your grass/garden as it’s slow release.  Fingers crossed!
  6. Strapped on a screen door and drive 4 hours to bring it home.  When I undid the strapping it had sadly been punctured through the box as I’d strapped it too hard!
  7. We dug in and installed a brand new line of sprinklers which will seal off the grass in our yard to fill in the edging.
  8. Tomorrow Mike is going to attempt to harvest his first ever batch of honey from his 5 hives that have been placed on a farm 20km up the road in a dense patch of Red Gum Trees.

Wesley has had some firsts here too!  His past few weeks the words have been spilling out and he’s starting to connect two words together now.  Here are some of the latest words:

Blue, Blue Fish, Eyes, Nose, Hair, Up, Down, Shiny, Yellow, 1,2,3 Down, Yah, Bye Bye Daddy, Roll, Frog.

We have some ongoing projects at the house at the moment, one of them I work on each week Mike is away – and that involves painting the trim and doors of the interior of the home.  That’s really freshening up the decor, I love seeing it all come together.  The project is taking a while but I am enjoying taking the time to put love into each project.

Till next time!

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So, you like nature?

An older lady stopped and commented as I was crouching on the sidewalk this morning.  I was carefully photographing a small little lizard when I noticed she was watching me.  “What are you photographing?”.  I told her I was photographing a little lizard when she smiled.  “How did you notice it?”.  I guess I’m always watching for small creatures.  “So you like nature! Bless you”.

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These photos were taken this morning…after I woke up excited to take out my camera and find some birds.

I’ve been re-reading a book “The Ecology of Commerce” by Paul Hawken.  I read the original about 7 years ago, and now am catching up on the revised edition.  If you’re interested in nature, and the effects of industry both as a microcosm and a macrocosm I highly recommend picking up a copy.  You may even borrow mine, if you’re interested.

As a result, I’m evaluating my daily habits.  I buy bottled water, soft drinks and eat take away a few times a week (naughty!).  I also wear makeup daily and purchase clothing (fairly regularly).  I sometimes stop and think about how far a particular product has come to land in my hands, and what country produced it, but not nearly enough.

We consume so much useless crap in our day to day living, that we’ve become used to throwing away garbage as if there is no consequence to our vacuum like need to consume and keep up with the Joneses.  I am so guilty.

Our planet is consuming forests, fresh water and natural resources at an alarming speed.  As a result we are losing 27,000 species to extinction every year.  74 per day, 1 every 20 minutes.  Hawken’s explains this is a result of clearing forests at a rate of 500,000 per hour.  Which is insane.

We live in the city.  It’s not easy to just pluck some lettuce or carrots from the veggie patch anymore, we literally are surrounded in concrete.  The best choices we can make are to purchase from a farmers market, or identify locally grown produce at the super market.  I’m going to try harder to do that…because I’m pretty sure I’ve never really stopped to make sure I’m making good choices.

A few months ago, I went through our possessions and decided I’d like to own less stuff.  I made the decision as a result of thinking about the above.  I no longer own hard copies of dvds, nor do I own a mountain of books.  They were easy to sell, and put a little change in my pocket.  I donated clothes that I haven’t worn in months.  The cleaning products we use at home are a mix of eco friendly and harsh/toxic, and I always use the same rags to clean up to avoid wasting paper towel.  In an effort to stop contributing to pollution, I’m going to fill our emptied bottles with non toxic, environmentally friendly options.

We’re share a home with two other people, and while it’s not solar powered, we all take public transit (or in my case walk) to work.  Mike is an exception, as he flies to and from work every other week.

This book had a huge impact on me the first time I read it, and I believe it’s had an even more substantial impact this round…as I feel accountable for my actions.

I’m going to try a lot harder.

I swear it.

Are you conscious of sustainability?  What do you do around your home to help out?

Have you read “The Ecology of Commerce”?  What are your thoughts?

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