Processes towards change
The processes that form our lives come about entirely by choice. We choose to embrace or stand back from each moment of our lives and sometimes you just have to step out in faith when you really don’t want to. This is most pertinent to what we are doing here on Serendipity Farm at the moment as this week we started a process of change that has had excellent results.
We have been meaning to do something about the jungle area in front of our house. As most of you know, it was once a lovely terraced landscaped garden but slowly regressed to the weed filled jungle that we know as our front acre today. Feral cats had been using the blackberry choked hedges as safe zones to traverse our property and despite previous half-hearted efforts to remove blackberries; we had always had problems with regrowth because up until now, we were trying to preserve the gardens ancient shrubs.
I think it takes a degree of desperation to get the ball rolling sometimes. It’s the same reason why Stevie-boy and I have been hauling the materials for Sanctuaries incredible new upgrade. We want to find a way to spend less time and water producing our food so after some hefty online research (as far as it usually goes with me “OUCH!” honesty is a bitch) we cobbled together a selection of ideas and ideals that we think might just work for our conditions. I think that’s the secret here folks. What works for us, might not work for someone else but it might just get the ball rolling with ideas and possibilities that someone may not have thought of before. That’s the true power of the internet. Giving us every chance to go hunting for something that will allow us to realise the possibilities and to implement those possibilities to affect positive change.
I just read Jo from All the blue day’s (blog) latest post. I will give you the link here so that you can read it as well if you choose to. Jo is an excellent communicator and a sterling human being. She is able to dwell on the edge and knits community on all sides together with care and consideration. Her latest post was based on her concern for the imminent power crisis that our state is facing and woven through with a book she just read about humanity learning to be anti-fragile. It really struck a nerve with me as someone who was raised last century to be decidedly anti-fragile. My dad’s favourite saying, when one of my siblings or I waved aloft some prize or other, was “Don’t get up yourself!” In effect “Don’t be precious”. It would seem we humans are a whole lot more resilient than we are led to believe and we are more than capable of looking after ourselves if we use common sense and due diligence towards ourselves and others.
I say this because since we moved to the country, we have learned more in the time spent here than we have for most of our lives previous. Nature’s lessons are often brutal but pack a punch of anti-fragility that reintroduces us to our natural place and we would do well to learn that earlier rather than later in my opinion. We are surrounded by tips and hints for how to make our lives easier, but I would mention that “easier” isn’t all that good at developing character or resilience. I can see why so many people are attempting to move back to the land and try to do things for themselves. It’s hard work but the rewards are multifaceted and incredibly satisfying when they come.
We gave up trying to find a way to wave a magic wand and fix our front acre. We decided that we two middle aged lazy bollock hermits were going to stage our own war against the blackberries and we picked up a pair of secateurs each and a pair of welding gloves (the best defence against blackberry thorns and Scotch thistles) and our trusty loppers and walked with purpose towards the mass. The first steps are honestly the hardest. “Where the HELL do we start?!” The scope of the project was magnificent. We decided on a spot at the left hand corner and after a bit of deliberating, we just “did it”. We have been working on the garden for a number of days now and the change is surprising, liberating and its own reward. I now get out of bed and think “I can hack down “X” sector today!” I am motivated. Sore, scratched, but motivated for change.
The scope of completely overhauling Sanctuary is enormous. What we are going to have to do is making my natural lazy bollocks tendencies twitch BUT I now know how much hard work I can do and how amazing it feels to be out in the sunshine hacking away at change and I have learned some incredibly valuable lessons in the process. Now that we are tackling the worst part of Serendipity Farm, the rest of it looks like a cakewalk. Throwing ourselves in at the deep end DIDN’T make us drown. It taught us the back stroke and buoyed us up to build a sense of achievement and “can do” positivity that we never felt before. I have taken over as chief blackberry bitch. I have a steely determination to rid Serendipity Farm from the blackberry menace that Stevie-boy just doesn’t have. He is more concerned about being scratched than I am. If I get scratched, it’s just fuel for my repository of blackberry angst so thus I hack and he hauls with his trusty compost pitchfork. He also hauls and burns the mass so between us we do the Yin Yang thing again.
Life’s funny like that isn’t it? You think you can’t do something or it’s too hard and then suddenly you can. What was the enzyme that triggered that reaction? Being willing to get out there and start someplace aka “DOING”. Something that pays back in kind a hundredfold if you are willing to take that first step. I find it a bit sad that I am only just learning this at 52 but the flip side is that I can now apply this brilliant lesson to the rest of my life. Goodness only knows what we will be able to accomplish here on Serendipity Farm but at least we will now have the way to start all of the processes we want to initiate here. Just start at one side and get moving…
I would just like to say a big “hello!” to Natulka, the queen of screen at Alanvale TAFE and welcome to Serendipity Farm.
Just before I go, we saw that Google Nic was giving away it’s software download for free the other day. To anyone who owns a copy of Photoshop and who likes to muck around with images, this is a great opportunity to gain a few quality filters and some decent effects for nada. If you would like to take advantage of this seriously good offer, head over, post haste, to the following linky and press “download” with impunity. You could create some interesting effects like Stevie-boy has with some of his images.