I can’t believe that a whole year has passed since I was last in action with this blog – it’s not that I haven’t wanted to ‘stay in touch’, it’s just that life has overtaken things for a bit. Because the twist and turns on the slippery slope of life have meant a few complications, not least health-wise, a year on it now appears more important than ever to get to grips with our down-shift and it seems useful to try to record this in some way to share info with family and friends from afar!
So, there’s no way I can really catch everyone up with the highs and lows of the last year apart from to say that we are all a little older but little farther on with any of the down-shift at all – The Quest still continues! I’ll just have to jump in from here with keeping everything up to date with our on-going attempts at frugality = fun, downshift = more time, less hassles; simple = less stressful!
So, where to start? Just generally getting the blog in order I guess, so today I’ve started off with an update on our Tree Year participation, with a page on this blog now dedicated to our trees which, along with the dogs, are proving to be the most reliable and calming influences our lives at the moment (and considerably less smelly than the dogs, it has to be said)! It seems apt to start with the trees, something to do with idioms about oaks and acorns, I guess, makes it a good enough place to start. Hope everyone’s fine 🙂 X
On-going growing, all older, wiser and shrugging off whatever the weather of life throws at us 🙂
First up: I’ve managed to dodge the showers to take photos of my trees for the tree year – at least the triple apple will be well watered in by the time this weather’s finished! So, here’s the birthday tree, complete with birthday ribbon and bit of carpet to stop Seamus digging it up (seeing as it looks rather like a very large stick)!:
Here’s a close up to the only bud I can find so far, but it’s safe to say that I have high expectations of it!
Secondly, we have the Mimosa tree, which is just a couple of months off of flowering (you can also see it behind the apple tree). It’s flowers got a bit lost last year because of the weather, it suffered quite badly from the outdoor equivalent of freezer burn, which I guess is frost-bite for trees (I’m no horty culture -ist I can tell you – or is it botanist for trees? I guess my point is made either way).
I’ll try to find its better side by the next photo!
Whilst we’re on the subject of trees, please take the time to check out the petition for the sake of all trees, that Himself and I have signed tonight. It’s against the government’s proposal to sell off national woodlands and forests, so do check it out if you are interested in trees, saving the planet, preserving our nation’s heritage, conserving the habitats of local critters or hating a bureaucracy who are so short-sighted about cuts that they can’t see the wood for the trees – any of these are more than good enough reasons! You can find details here at the 38 Degrees website, a group partly founded in honour of Anita Roddick and whose aim is to amplify those individual voices of us small people by bringing them together to be loud to be heard about those issues that really count. No heavy politics (them or me) just a need not to be ignored on issues that do matter, like our lovely trees.
And finally, the nose is not smelling any better but is on the mend,which is good news. The poor boy’s had a quiet day resting it today but is back to work tomorrow for a bit, so all’s as well as it can be there!