Wild Movement

Wild Movement includes stuff us crazy humans have been doing for generations… climbing, balancing, running, crawling and wrestling… to name a few πŸ™‚
Reuben is four years old and he freaking loved it!

We just got home from our time with Steve on an organic farm with his obstacle course!

Greens for foraging and Steve vaulting a log

I’d been looking for something sort of outdoors and for strength, fitness and motor skill development. The other month he absolutely loved climbing the Treetops Climb in Dwellinup … but I didn’t fancy doing a two hour drive every week ;P And of course, there was no work involved that got his lungs and heart working!

Enter Wild Movement… jumping from log to log, team work and chases πŸ™‚ Best sport ever.

Seems like we’ll be back for more every Saturday lol. I’ll let you know how we go! Sasha didn’t join in as much as I would have liked, sometimes wandering off but for anyone who has a 2.5 year old to see them swinging on a rope and having a great time balancing and climbing… its a win for all ages.


Kids in trees… magic

Transferable skills to parkour, also known as ‘free running’… which is often set in a city leaping from roof to roof and across bollards… but honestly, who doesn’t need a bit less screen time and a bit more nature in their lives.

The Art of Frugal Hedonism

The Art of Frugal Hedonism was recommended by David Holmgren just last week when I went down to Murdoch to listen to him lecture. It was good to hear him talk and to refresh some of my ideas. As he was briefly reflecting on this book, he mentioned that he reckons that early adopters of thrift store shopping, such as himself and these hedonist friends of his, will reap more of the benefits than everyone else…

The Art of Frugal Hedonism with some fancy pants magnesium cream I've just made
The Art of Frugal Hedonism with some fancy pants magnesium cream I’ve just made

I spent my $25 on this small paperback and off I went on my merry way. Truth be told, I hung around chatting and stashed a few pastries in my bad for the other (gluttonous) half. Then I rushed home feeling guilty!
The irony struck me as my new acquisition sat looking at me for several days, despite my excitement! Not to worry, I have begun to read it and I feel like I’ve found some members of my tribe… they’re the wise ones and I’m the one still fumbling around trying to figure out how to relax and enjoy the sunshine.

Frugal hedonism has its roots deep in pleasure. Materialistic enjoyment. Ssensual pleasures… gluts of fruit, a good conversation, stroking your pet’s ears, letting yourself lay on the grass or touch some dried beans at the local shops… all gloriously free. This applies to really truly enjoyingΒ  purchases. Using a great product and really getting your value from it.
It does strike me that many of us… feel too busy to really actually enjoy anything. In my case, that is totally absurd. With two little kids I actually have all the time in the world… kinda! Smelling the roses, cuddling bunnies with Sally. Eating soursop flowers. Playing. We went to the beach for the first time this season and I just loved it πŸ™‚ Until I had to drag the kids home! Thankfully Rodney had agreed to do dinner and it all went pretty smoothly.

Certainly, our health and wellbeing can be improved by supplements, but the first step can be to just reconnect with living in the present. What would your diet look like if before you ate, you luxuriously thought to yourself… ‘what would taste most delicious to me right now?’… Each moment we can actually ask questions like this to really get back into the moment and out of our crazy approach to life. When you wake up in the morning, take a while to stretch, smile at those around you. Go in the sunshine. Give yourself a chance to live in the moment. Tickle someone πŸ™‚

I’ve done a batch of healing moisturising magnesium cream with shea butter, cacao butter, apricot kernel oil, magnesium chloride, with just a touch of the essential oils Frankincense, Myrrh and Geranium. A big jar is $30. I must say, I really enjoy hearing back if people are loving using it… thanks so much for the encouragement πŸ™‚ Let me know if you’d like some. I’m thinking about doing a market stall fairly soon, it’s all very exciting. Let me know by message if you have a few tips on which markets to go to.
For some talks by David Holmgren, check out Youtube. Retrofitting the suburbs is one of his ideas… he sees a lot of potential in our sprawl πŸ™‚ And of course, that means we should get started right where we are NOW.

Plastic free July

There was a beautiful little Plastic Free July workshop that I sort of planned on attending today about getting rid of single use plastics in your home (think cling wrap) but didn’t in favour of spending some one on one time with my littlest at the markets this morning and then, going to vote with the family at lunch time and having a little play after πŸ™‚
After a challenging evening with this same little girl teething and not being able to sleep until 9pm (eek!) I found my mind returning to this and really wondering if I could do a bit better than I have been. Well, it couldn’t be easier really… start with a really low benchmark and the improvement can be really impressive!
I totally put bread ingredients into the bread machine tonight, plus a snack … then my mind wandered back to Plastic Free July. Persistent thoughts. I credit my mate Michele (the one with the pet homing pigeon Wally) for two years of updates on her progress going totally plastic free… I recall that she was really disappointed that postage stamps come with a freaking plastic backing!Some things do require structural change.

I’ve decided I’m going to have a bash at making these.

DIY Reusable Food Wrap

I already have bees wax and lovely little pieces of fabric for jam covers. I’ll bum some resin off a local with access to acacias and conifers… or even marri would be great. Perhaps marri would be the best because it is antibacterial and anti viral! Probably it might rival manuka honey from New Zealand.
We can avoid buying plastic to make these πŸ˜‰ Sweet! I might even sew a button and barter one or two away. Can’t wait to rock up to playgroup with the kids snacks wrapped in these lol… awesome!

If you’d like to make a public commitment… The website is http://www.plasticfreejuly.org and happily they have options for either all plastic (eek!) or only the top 4. You could possibly do all plastic but we typically buy meat wrapped in cling film, so I decided it would be a bit hard to really try to avoid that.

The top four are straws, plastic bottles, plastic bags & coffee cup lids. This is an easy one πŸ™‚

Does your butt have a conscience?

We’ve been lucky enough to get gifted some Who Gives a Crap toilet paper.

Who Gives a Crap?
Who Gives a Crap?

I’m happy to report that it seems very lovely to me… although I have to admit to being something of a hard arse. So to speak…
Give it a go!
They do bamboo as well as chemical free conventional stuff… a significant proportion goes towards helping build toilets in the developing world and they even do gift vouchers, for the people who hate giving useless crap. Sorry about the language πŸ˜‰
A lovely shout out to Kath and Barb (and Barb’s mate who helped her obtain some)… leaders in our community.

box shot of toilet paper

How’s the Serenity?

I’m doing something different. This is a whole new category to my normal kinds of weird behaviour (like chatting to strangers about the merits of humanure composting as though it was necessary for the survival of our society) and I begin to feel that it is the solution to the consumer madness that eats everything and steals our joy. It’s pretty funny that I’ve finally figured it out, and it might not be obvious to you that you are over-stimulated either. A deep breath is needed and a pause. A long pause. Being patient with yourself and not launching into the ‘next thing’. Taking the time to not even smell the roses… simply to ‘be’.
It builds the capacity for joy. This kind of joy, where you can be present and chock-a-block full of happiness for the cuddle you’re both giving and receiving.

My kids enjoying a hug

Each morning, instead of doing something like looking at a screen or loading up on caffeine… or even doing something exciting like going outside and gardening vigorously and getting some long awaited job done πŸ™‚ … I just sit down in the front lounge and chill with a cup of tea.
The wonderful thing is that the rest of the family come to find me and I am available to make eye contact (after a few minutes lol).

Usually the half Burmese cat Sir Patch Paddington is sleeping on the same long couch and is able to sleepily smile at the children too. He smiles and lets our little girl stroke him gently. He runs away very fast when she approaches with anything in her little chubby hands.

Reuben with chickaletta
Reuben with Chickaletta

How, why?

These things can be understood from a spiritual perspective but we are spirtual beings living in biological bodies… both true and valid … your biochemistry can change your spirit and vice-versa.

Romans 8:6Β For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.

I’ve been reading social media and blogging articles and the one thing that I find I observe in the authors… almost without fail… are the symptoms of adrenal fatigue. In a world of technological slave equivalents like washing machines… we are harried and frantic because we spend our time doing what? Work, childcare, exercise, and screens. Books by contrast are soothing πŸ™‚ Different kettle of fish.

So stop reading this blog, now and maybe forever. I have a few other things I could say but I can say them another day. If you don’t read them I won’t know. Go out on this windy and blustery day and start some seeds. Or not. Just sit there. Don’t feel compelled to do a single thing. Motivation grows and it doesn’t need industrial agriculture neither πŸ˜‰