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“An affirming flame”

Or, an affirming dalek.

After last year’s gloom I decided to come up with five positive actions that would make me feel better. These were:

1) Take a dressmaking course, and learn how get more use out of my beautiful Singer treadle machine than just as a really nice table.

More or less done. I did the course and have managed to do things with the sewing machine. I could have done more, but I’ll still tick this one off.

2) Do something with the piles of scavenged curtains we have lying around to make my house warmer and more efficient. (Possibly contingent on the above!) Nag bf to put up curtain rails and get second draught-excluder for the back door.

I don’t know that ‘make one curtain then swear lots and give up’ really counts. Nope. Hmm. I got a draught-excluder, though.

3) Grow something (other than herbs) that actually gets big enough to eat, unlike my winter spinach which is still alive, but not getting any bigger due to the cold.

Yep, this one gets a big tick. The container garden was a success. The weather was crap, but that was not my fault.

4) Try and find some people in my area who are interested in these sorts of things, so I don’t conduct my social life entirely over the internet. Have been meaning to go to my local FOE group or Green Drinks since I moved, and never got a round tuit…

I have joined FOE and become their finance co-ordinator. Never made it to Green Drinks, but I did make it to a nearby Transition Towns meeting. I also got to know the nice lady who has hens and a fab organic garden better, but she moved to Ireland. *sigh* Tick!

And, more prosaically, 5) get a bit better at my job, so it takes me less time and I have more time to knit and garden!

Well, this one was so successful they employed me full-time, which means I actually have less time to knit and garden now. So tick as it stands, but not in the overall scheme of things. I have now officially applied for the MA (form sent off) and am planning to Wwoof over the summer to get my head back in a place where I actually enjoy things.

And in the mean-time? I was rather depressed at buying all my Christmas presents, which was demonstrably less fun than last year’s mittens-knitting-last-minute-panic (no, that’s not sarcastic, I mean it!!) instead of making them. I remembered having wanted to knit my brother a dalek. I can’t think what to get him, so I’m going to damn well get some wool and make the boy a dalek. Can I knit a dalek in 20 days?

I don’t care. If I can’t, he can have an Amazon voucher for Christmas and a dalek for his birthday in January! 😉

And, in other good news, the decision on Heathrow has been delayed, which gives me the teensiest, teensiest sliver of hope that common sense might just prevail… just…

December 5, 2008 at 9:16 pm 2 comments

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Raj Patel, at Slow Food Nation

"Biofuels, which is the preposterous policy that we should grow food not to eat it but to set it on fire."