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rivers and roads

In the little village of Tshani, next to the winding Mdumbi River, overlooking the warm Indian Ocean, I would wake up in the little hut I called home for the last two months.

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Waking up early rewarded me with the sun rising over the sea and slowly casting its warmth over the sleepy village.

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I’d have a quick, cold shower to wake up before walking down to a little deck in the forest, overlooking the ocean where I would do yoga. Very often a school of dolphins would swim past, distracting me from the pose I was in.

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Summer is the rainy season, and all the gardens grew with such fervour. Spargs, the old man who owned the backpackers I was helping at, would be in the garden before I even started yoga.

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Nothing gave me quite as much joy as cooking with the produce freshly picked from the garden.

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If one has a spectrum where at one extreme each individual produces everything they need, and at the other end each individual only produces one highly specialised product for use in society, I believe city society has moved too far to the one extreme.  If only we could all work a little less and have the time to avoid pre-packaged foods, the time to fix a broken item or make something new, the time to grow some of our own food, the time to care for our hearts and souls and those of the people around us.

Time moves in a different way in the village. There is always time to greet someone you pass in the road. There is time to cook with love and intention. Time to breathe slowly. Time for gentleness, time for patience. Time for the small things that bring us joy and make our hearts sing.

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current adventures and future plans

In January this year I began giving much more thought to the relationship we have with our earth when we live in a city. We rely on the earth to sustain and feed us, and yet we have become more inclined to think that we take care of ourselves, using the earth as a mere resource.

This thought pushed me towards making more conscious decisions about the way I feed myself, in order to consider my own nutrition while at the same time making my habits as sustainable as possible.

The start of this journey was through talking to people, and this blog is a project in which I hope to grow awareness about the implications of our everyday habits and the importance of re-establishing a connection between our habits, our bodies’ needs and the earth that sustains those bodies.

My plan is to grow this blog as a resource that people can use. In the new year I’m planning some new aspects to it:

  • Blog posts by other contributors, to expand this beyond my personal point of view
  • An index of the ingredients I use commonly with nutritional information, cost and where one can buy it, how to prepare/ use it and a description of how it is processed, packaged and transported in order to describe its ‘greenness’.
  • More practical information about eating with l.o.v.e (Local, Organic, Vegetarian and Ethically) – how it affects your body, the earth and your pocket.

In the mean time, I’m off to the Transkei for 2 months with a rucksack of clothes, my other bag stuffed full of seeds, sprouts and books and my hula hoop and yoga mat attached.

Much love

“Together we shall rejoice through all the seasons”

“When you crush an apple with your teeth,

say to it in your heart:

“Your seeds shall live in my body,

“And the buds of your tomorrow shall blossom in my heart,

“And your fragrance shall be my breath,

“And together we shall rejoice through all the seasons.”

“And in the autumn, when you gather the grapes of your vineyards for the winepress, say in your heart:

“I too am a vineyard, and my fruit shall be gathered for the winepress,

“And like new wine I shall be kept in eternal vessels.”

And in winter, when you draw the wine, let there be in your hearts a song for each cup;

And let there be in the song a remembrance for the autumn days, and for the vineyard, and for the winepress.”

–Kahlil Gibran–

When Summer ends I feel no sense of doubt that there will be another Summer. In fact I am so sure of this fact that I barely ponder it. Yet often as one season of life moves into another I feel a deep sense of unrest. But there is a time and a season for everything and not all things can continue unchanged.  Change pulls me out of familiar surroundings and pushes forward.

Empowered with an understanding of the natural movement of seasons, I want to feel peace in the time of productivity as well as in the time of preparation. I want a tranquil sense of assurance when pain shapes my understanding and when sorrow carves way for the joy of a future summer.

And with an understanding that joy does not exist without sorrow, we shall rejoice through all the seasons. Together.