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!