Thanks, Brian. I posted on Ning and the SAFElist.
This is the windiest spring I can recall, very unseasonable strong winds. Rose blown to bits.
Done. Posted to the Lifering Facebook group, the main one, the Lifering Facebook business page, and the Secular Sobriety Facebook group.
Thanks, Steve. What do you think of the new layout?
I generally like it better, and I use multiple ad blockers plus Ghostery. ;)
Hah. Steve, what is Ghostery? I am always watching out for ways to protect privacy in case the spamming or snooping gets worse.
Ghostery is a cookie-blocking add on. Fits all major Internet browsers.
Thanks, Steve, I'll have a look.
Hi Mary and everyone!
Been a while since I visited- yes, the new layout looks good! Felt a bit rubbish for a while but I'm just digging into my new routine. We are set to get planning to build in our garden- we have a third of an acre and we really can't manage it, although that rather begs the question of whether I/we can actually manage a building project. It is exciting though. I've been looking through the web pages of Extinction Rebellion, which blocked five bridges over the Thames on Saturday and consequently got a lot of exposure. The information on the site is, sadly, all too credible-that we are unlikely to restrict global warming to 1.5 c and the catastrophic effects of a 2 c rise which is still a conservative estimate of where we are headed. I do fear for our children. But it has given me extra resolve to build our house to be as energy efficient as possible, with well planned solar panels and as many aspects of the passifhouse that we can muster. We do tend to have doors open for the dog, and I'm a big fan of fresh air, so we won't manage it completely. I have already resolved that I will use all the furniture we already have- and work the decor around it, which is a bit of a challenge aesthetically when moving from a centuries old thatch to a new build- but it creates a brief and a discipline. I'll be honest, I'm not quite up to lying down on Vauxhall Bridge in protest at the lack of government action, but if I can turn up in twinset and pearls with a folding chair and a box of flapjacks I might lend my support in future. The twinset and pearls being a fiction of course, but visiting the Facebook page made me wonder if dreadlocks and nose piercings are essential for supporters. I make light but actually I'm very very worried at our collective climate change denial. Our own gestures seem so small. And here Brexit seems to occupy every waking moment. I suspect it will ultimately feel like a pointless distraction from the bigger issues. And Macron is in my view right- we need a strong united Europe more than ever with Trump and Putin to contend with.
Hope all is well with you, and I sincerely hope your summer is not as dry and hot as your last one.
Hallo, you! I'm dying to hear more and look at plans and pics, etc. There is such collective denial in the face of so many eco-crises and 'inexplicable' weather fluctuations that we all need to think about living differently. And joining protest marches.
We had rain at the end of winter, an unseasonal heatwave and then colder weather, no idea what's in store, worrying about wildfires in January. Planting herbs though and wild berry/nectar bushes for birds.
Good to see you here!
I hope you are having a restful festive period. I have had a tricky run up to it in the last week- a rather dodgy end of term meeting with the school headteacher, the gist of which is that I'm crap at discipline, too down with the kids, and something of a disruptive force as far as the teaching staff are concerned. I have felt more and more like my face didn't fit as the term went on. I had a rather better meeting with the class teacher I work with, in so far as it was a proper discussion rather than just me and the headteacher jointly decimating my character, which was more or less what it felt like in the first meeting. Upshot, trying to decide whether to hand in my notice now or try to tone myself down for another term and then go. Its not a great thing to be pondering over Christmas. It is however a fortuitous if painful turn of events with regard to my therapy- how I have reacted to it all has been very typical of my lifelong pattern. Do I run and hide? Do I front it out? Ideally I want to make some adjustments but as I said to the teacher, I'm not going to be able to sort a personality transplant out any time soon. Hard to fully explain but I feel it is actually an important learning experience.
anyway, wishing you a very happy new year.
We got planning permission by the way, so I might not be suited for a long term return to the classroom (I never was) but I do have a house build to oversee. EEk. Scary but exciting.