After such a long time on the back of their parents’ bikes, the boys were keen to get their own forms of mobility cranking. Zeph made roadworthy one of our old tip bikes and Woody gave his hand-me-down first bike a thorough going over. Thanks Carly!
We continued to bike and walk as our main forms of mobility. Woody now walks a few kms each day.
We pedalled up to the community garden working bee (blogged here), to contribute to the community gift economy going on there.
We painted up some new signs to be put up at two of the growing number of food gardens in our small town.
We helped Peter install the signs,
and we began to organise some music events that will take place in the Albert St garden to simply celebrate life there.
We biked up to our local food co-op to buy what we couldn’t freely obtain and to support a more environmentally aware monetised economy.
We walked, bussed, trained and caught a tram to visit Woody’s great grandfather (aged 96) in the metropolis.
We pushed our wheelbarrow over to Maria’s, our neighbour, to collect cockatoo-spoiled apples,
to feed to our girls.
We worked in our annual produce area planting some more food. This row: cayenne peppers as food-medicine for the winter.
We welcomed back Yael and Matt, Akira, Essie and Dante, who so wonderfully tended the house and garden while we were away and planted food for us to come home to. Thank you beautiful family!
We got busy in the kitchen making sauerkraut with cabbages that Matt and Yael had planted with the kids,
we revitalised our five year old sourdough starter and have been making bread daily,
we have made music each night before bed too,
and we have made our version of vegemite: miso paste, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil and garlic. Delish!
It is lovely to be home, and so far we haven’t got itchy pedals. After so many months of uncertainty, the comforts of home and community life have been both regenerative and restorative. We thank you, Dear Reader, for accompanying us on our journey in settling back into domestic life, and hope you too have both regeneration and rest cycling around in your neck of the woods.