Some say it’s Spring

The weather across the country has been unusual to say the least – and maybe I’ll leave it at that.  🙂  However, despite it all, my friend’s garden that I work in, is putting on it’s Spring face and on the rare still warm evenings, the perfume is delicious.

When I’ve not been in the garden, I’ve been mostly sorting through my household items, deciding which to keep, which to sell, and which to give away to friends.  It’s been an interesting process, and not as difficult overall as I’d expected. There have been planned and unplanned expenses on the van, and I’m not as advanced in my interior fit-out as I’d have liked, but at least the mechanical side of things is being dealt with.  Next month I’m planning on some little trips away – if the weather settles down that is!

Why do we offer safe fabrics?

Please support those who are providing safer alternatives in a toxic world.

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Why do we say we want to change the textile industry?  Why do we say we want to produce fabrics in ways that are non-toxic, ethical and sustainable?  What could be so bad about the fabrics we live with?

The textile industry is enormous, and because of its size its impacts are profound.  It uses a lot of three ingredients:

  • Water
  • Chemicals
  • Energy

Water was not included in the 1947 UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights because at the time it wasn’t perceived as having a human rights dimension. Yet today, corporate interests are controlling water, and what is known as the global water justice movement is working hard to ensure the right to water as a basic human right.(1) Our global supply of fresh water is diminishing – 2/3 of the world’s population is projected to face water scarcity by 2025, according to the UN. Our global water consumption…

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Fred goes Doga

The call of Bridgewater Bay came loudly this week, and so Fred and I responded and spent a very happy time out there.  While Fred practised his Yoga movements, I practised my photography.  Winners all round 🙂

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Bridgewater Bay

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Finding the spot

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Shoulder stretches

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Spinal stretch

 

It’s arrived

While I’ve been quiet on this blog the past weeks, I’ve been busy elsewhere, including researching online possible vehicles for my next venture – life on the road.  Many and varied were the ones I considered, gradually eliminating those either way beyond my budget, or with reliability issues.

Finally it came back to good ol’ Toyota.  My current little car is a Corolla, as was my previous hatchback, and so it seems we form a good partnership.

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Money

So I last week I handed over most of my savings, and got this girlie in exchange.

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My new home

The previous owners converted it from a wheelchair bus, to a camper for themselves, and had great enjoyment taking trips in it.  However, they’ve decided now to accept that their aging bodies would like more comfort when travelling, and so their camping days are at an end.   While I can go camping right away with it, for the longer term I’ll be doing a re-fit, for my particular needs.  Including getting an awning.

There has been much rain lately, and continues to be and any jobs will be fitted in around those conditions.

The next town along the road from here is Yambuk, and driving through there earlier this week, I saw a great deal of water.

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Yambuk  flooded

While I’m happy to see the land finally get a good soaking, I do feel sorry for those who have to deal with the flooded areas, and am grateful that’s one thing I don’t have to deal with.  I’ve enough on my plate for now thanks, as I deal with disposing of my household items and personal treasures.  Parting with my books is the most difficult……  but on the other hand, I am looking forward to travelling and the nice adventures that will arise.

Regardless of what arises, this is the next step in my life.  And I’m not alone in this issue of homelessness, as recent National Radio programs attest.

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/breakfast/rise-in-the-number-of-older-homeless-women/7684642

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/lifematters/homeless-women/7821490

Once upon a time, the government provided low-cost housing.  Not any longer – not in the quantity that is required.  Not when a woman rated as high need can be on a 4 year waiting list.  Yes, Australia, the Lucky Country.

Just don’t get old…….   http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/lifematters/could-you-live-on-$400-a-week-fix-pension-poverty/7846444

Now to leave you with a pretty picture, and one of my favourite songsters.  🙂

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Down the road