- It takes a village to raise a child - African saying
- Nature is our best teacher
- we are the world, we are the ones to make a brighter day!..

- Natural farming, food forest

- We dig our grave with our teeth

- Freedom of expression is my birth right

- Freedom of speech comes with great responsibility

- I become what I see in myself. All that thought suggests to me, I can do; All that thought reveals to me, I can become. This should be man’s unshakeable faith in himself, because God dwells in him.

- The Mother said - it is not this OR that, it is this AND that
- Life is for living not to understand
‎"Sometimes you can't see the forest through the trees."

Friday, January 29, 2010

...and that was that.

Notice how two weeks disappeared and I reported almost nothing? Turns out taking care of the Land requires much more time than anticipated. When Martanda returns I’ll write more. Honest.

In the meantime, no, I still haven’t built the closet.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


I am so thrilled to report that we now not only have roses, but we have gorgeous sunflowers laughing in the center of the pond, lighting up the entire home. I’m so happy!!!

Ok ok, so just one has bloomed so far… but imagine how fun it will be when they’re all alive and shining!

Monday, January 18, 2010

oh jeez

For those of you who don’t know, taking care of a forest is a lot of work, and everything has consequences.

Yesterday the day-watchman forgot to shut off the sprinklers; today I have no water.
Yesterday I forgot to water the flowers; today they’re sulky and sad.
Yesterday the chickens discovered how to break into the kitchen window; today there’s no catfood.

Cows to chase. Chickens to feed. Gardens, flowers, plants to water and de-weed. Dogs to de-tick. Trees to protect. Eggs to collect. Bokashi compost. A house and kitchen to clean. And, as more and more people suddenly show up on the Land expecting things, I’ve also got a language to learn.

Somehow I think it’ll take longer to build that closet than I had hoped.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Queen again

I woke up expecting to feel fresh and excited. But things never go quite as you expect.

Martanda is gone for ten days and I thought it would be my opportunity to reign as unchallenged Lady of the Land once more. It was too much fun this summer… and there are so many things I’ve been dying to do that are just too low on the steward’s priority list. Like build a closet.

But I woke up realizing just how alone I was. This summer there was never a night without friends nearby. This time there isn’t even a watchman to say good morning to. Just me, a bitchy dog, a destructive puppy, and a cat that pisses on the duvet.

Wish me luck.