One year on, we have said good bye to our life in the mountains, and have tried to get into country living. I have embraced my inner farmers wife to deal with all the produce that Country Boy has grown in his vegetable garden. We have got our own chickens for eggs, and pigs for pork. We are even eating rabbits that the Country Boy shoots. I have learnt how to feed poddy lambs, and how shearing works.
I have also found some of the downsides of living in the country. The isolation when there is a medical emergency is hard to think about. There are so many creepy crawlies around, although in winter now there are less around (thank goodness!). Also it is always wise to remember that the country telegraph is always working.
Living here makes me feel more in tune with the seasons and consider more where our food comes from. We are trying to work out how we can live ethically, and have got a few dilemmas along the way. We haven’t worked them all out yet, but we keep on with them.
Writing a post like this is a bit like trying to write a Christmas letter – how can you sum up an entire year on one page?
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In my first post I wrote this:
I confess I feel quite nervous about our tree change. We have a great life here in the Blue Mountains with family and friends close by. How will I cope being so far from my family, will I get used to an hour round trip for milk, does life really exist where there is no mobile phone reception? It’s a bit of an experiment.
Well the experiment is certainly not over – I’m not sure that it ever will be – but I am happy to report that, although I do miss my family, life truly does exist where there is no mobile phone reception. And it is good!