Saturday, December 31, 2011

Baby bunnies, home improvement and going away

 One of the bunnies died the other night. We are not sure if it was the cold or if he got smashed 
under his brother and sister. Either way we now have three bunnies and we are supplementing the smallest with some cow milk. Mostly I try to help her nurse, but mama bunny seems to have had enough nursing, since her two biggest babies are eating on their own now.
In nature it is clear that only the two would have survived.
It is precious to take part in this process of caring for these little creatures and the children are obviously 
besides themselves in love with each one.
Two already have name and are suppose to move in close to our house and be cared for by the children. We shall see:)

 We now have a few shelves!!
It might not seem like a lot, but just these couple of wooden crate shelves make a big difference in our kitchen. We now have a place for dishes and have been able to clear up the mess under and on top of the counter top.
These are temporary shelves but are part of the next step of settling into our new home.
Everything is one small step at a time. We unpack and organize a little more each day
and each day we feel more at home. 

I will once again be leaving for a while.
I plan to post while I am away although it will not be Land related.
I am going to Denmark on my own to spend a couple of months with my dad and mom.
Although my dad appears fine when we talk on Skype apparently he is getting very weak,
and I will go to help out in any way that I can.
I feel extremely fortunate that I live a life that allows me to go away for a couple of months
and serve my parents in their time of need.
And how fortunate I am,
 that Miguel is the kind of hands on father and the kind of husband that supports me in my choice to go for such an extended while.
While I shall miss my sweet family here and life in the wild,
how much I look forward to be able to be of service at such a time in my parents life.
It gives me great pleasure to give back a little of all that they have given throughout my life.

And finally I wish us all a peace filled new year.
May it be a year of positive change and a deepening of our awareness!


Thursday, December 29, 2011

The little things..

I thought I might share some of my more challenging moments from these past days, but why put my attention there?
 Part of life will always be challenging and it will always depend on how we deal with these challenges that determines how much they affect us.
The constant mess and dirt in the house, with workers constantly in and out can certainly drive my crazy if I let it, and sometimes I do let it. 
Yet if I remind myself to take a deep breath, and tell myself that this too shall pass, 
that everything, this included, is temporary, then I can take a step back, 
and allow the mess to be, and go on with my day and my work.
The same goes for our toilet situation which is also getting tiring, especially for Kaleena and I,
who must crouch in the forrest floor and hope to not encounter critters or stinging plant while doing so.
Yet I know that soon we will have the composting part of the toilet ready and will once again enjoy the simple pleasure of sitting inside in peace to take care of business.
This way of living certainly has a way of teaching us to enjoy the simple pleasures in life, 
and not take anything for granted.
Such as going to the bathroom inside, a hot shower (it will probably still be awhile before we can add that to our everyday comforts), cooking inside on a stove (yeahh, we now have a gas stove and no longer need to start a fire to boil water), having closets to put away things and doors so that not every little critter of the forrest will enter when the rains makes them seek shelter.
Yes, surely it can be uncomfortable and messy living like this, but as we each day make little progresses
we can truly see and feel the fruit of our labor and that alone is very satisfying.
Also the beauty always helps to bring peace to our hearts, because each day there is something new and amazing to wonder at, and to remind us about the perfection of the natural world.


Monday, December 26, 2011

Around the Land

Besides spending a lovely quiet Christmas on the land here is a bit of what we have been up to.
We made another bed, which has already been planted with beets, rutabaga, dill, calendula, green beans,
and a mix of lettuce greens.

The broccoli is starting to flower...
I planted 12 pineapples from the tops of rotted pineapples that we picked up at the local fruit market.

We have been enjoying the peace of the back wetland and the multitudes of birds that
live there.

Miguel has been dealing with getting water into the water container on the roof from the cenote,
the pump which is not yet a solar pump has not been working and it has required a lot of effort to
have water in the house. 
According to Miguel the view from up there is breath taking, I have not yet made it up there as the way up seems a bit unstable to me, and as it is I am not crazy about heights.

Nothing like an afternoon rain shower...

Huge scorpio in the house on christmas eve
 Our christmas meal, almost entirely from the land.
Turkey from the land cooked Pibil style, sweet potatoes from the land cooked int he coals of a fire, and pak choy from the land, cooked with garlic, olive oil, sea salt and cream.
 The leftover sandwich the next day, complete with potato and all,
as well as mayo and arugula from the garden.
 And this morning we found baby rabbits.
We have found many dead ones before as the fire ants get to them before we have been able to save them.
Two of the ones we found today were one week old and two were about three weeks old.
The children were so excited to enjoy these babies for a brief moment.