Coming out – or more about who we are…

Posted on 28 February 2011

Dear readers,

First of all, let us thank you for you interest in Making Sense of Things. We are in particular grateful for the comments you leave us, as they inevitably stir further thinking and exchanges. Balancing openess with privacy is always tricky on the Web, but given your overwhelming welcoming, positive and constructive response, CJG and I have decided to be a bit more open about ourselves. So in reality our names are Carly and Jean. We’ve just moved out from Brisbane (Australia) where we’ve stayed for the last 10 months and have flown back to London UK, where we’ll be staying for a couple of months.

Carly is 31, has worked as engineer in the private sector until leaving the company last year. She has taken some time off to be able to transition towards a way of life that allows her (and us!) to live veritably in accordance to her/our values. This explains – among other reasons – why she’s moved gradually towards permaculture. I’m 32, and I’m finishing a PhD in International Relations which I’m waiting to defend (ie final examination) around May this year. In addition, I’ve been working as a humanitarian aid worker for a decade now, and have been involved in emergency projects in a number of various contexts, including Afghanistan, DRCongo, Iraq, North Korea, Haiti, etc…

Sorry that we reveal only a blurred picture of us!

We’ve been pretty jet lagged so haven’t done much of anything yet since our arrival in London but have already found and visited our farmers’ markets, which have organic produce and everything is sourced within 100 miles; bought a compost bin for the household as a birthday present to our friend and flatmate; and I was pretty excited to have brunch at La Fromagerie (a French cafe/market) because I was missing proper baguettes :). Carly has also been researching city farms and places we can go to but February is definitely their quiet time while they wait for last frost. Still, there are definitely some workshops we might be interested in attending and we’re just enjoying seeing what’s in season here at the moment and coming up with some new recipes.  Yesterday we bought some cobnuts which only have a 10 day harvest period and only grow in Kent.  They taste a bit like hazelnuts so we roasted them, put them through some roast vegies with a bit of cream and grated horseradish for the perfect winter dish.  Also… raw milk is not illegal here! You can’t easily buy it in the shops but it’s sold for consumption at the farmers’ markets.  They just have regular testing and there are regulations in place. So here we are, already making yummy yoghurt and cheese!

As last words, let’s add that we consider the coming year(s) as transition years, during which we want to learn and share various skills, which all have in common a desire to live simply, respectfully, healthily and happily! We hope you’ll continue accompanying us down this path, and since the aim of this blog is to help us articulating and sharing our thoughts and questioning, don’t hesitate to bring in your own views!


 


10 responses to Coming out – or more about who we are…

  • aoristus says:

    Finally!

    No more JSRs and CJCs!!!

    You should be very proud for this blog (I am very proud of being your friend…)

    I guess “masks off” should go both ways…that is, in case you haven’t already figured out who I am (from the brilliancy and the sharpness of my comments I mean lol)

    Remind me to lend you Diamond’s collapse when I get back home tonight. See you later! 😉

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    Making Sense of Things Reply:

    Ha ha ha, you tricked us!!! Nope, we hadn’t realised who whas the mysterious Aoristus… 😉

    Very happy to be your friend too, and glad we’ll be able to continue our exchanges around a drink 🙂

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  • asha says:

    I’m happy to read this post and to hear you are settling in nicely in the UK! xx

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    Making Sense of Things Reply:

    Merci Asha!

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  • Laura says:

    I’m also really glad to hear you’re settling in fine and wish you both all the best over there 🙂 I look forward to hearing what you get up to x

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    Making Sense of Things Reply:

    Thank you Laura, we’ll keep you informed!

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  • Jmac says:

    It’s just like an episode of Scoobie-Doo – the mask comes off, and then you say “we would have gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for those pesky…”

    Great to hear you’re settling in, and good luck with the thesis defense. I’m nervous for you just thinking on it.

    Best wishes.
    Jmac.

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    jsr Reply:

    Jmac, thanks a lot for your nice – and fun! – comment. I’m not nervous yet, but it will certainly happen at some point… All the very best to you too then.

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  • Sabrina says:

    This is all such wonderful news! I am so happy for you and feel inspired by your example. A great deal of “waking up” still has to happen in Canada when it comes to day-to-day consumption and the way people live. Canada has everything it takes (including the people!) to be an example to… well, if not the world then at least the bigger neighbour in the South. But it will take a long time as energy & water are cheap and the country is still young and developing.

    Happy to share more observations of a European in North America on your blog soon!

    SBS

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  • Making Sense of Things says:

    Thanks Sabrina for your feedback. What you are saying is quite interesting – doing nothing because they enjoy a wealth of natural resources sounds like a normal thing to do, but it’s so short-sighted! I had similar impressions with Australians even though they’ll probably wake up soon with the amount and intensity of their natural disasters!… Anyway, we’ll be certainly glad to hear more from you 🙂

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