First Friday on 1st April – April Fools Day!
The tree is because I’m still in a fog about moving from my property, I’ve been here 13 years now and it’s time to move on. No one has been to view the place recently and although I know the price is way below replacement cost it doesn’t reflect what is happening in my area at the moment. It’s a dead market- even though cattle prices are way up, no-one is buying.
And having helped a friend move into her new home and seen how much ‘stuff’ she moved 900km., I’m feeling maybe, a little despondent? I have so much more ‘stuff’ than she and I’ve been gradually whittling it down over the last 20 months. So I’ve come home with renewed vigour to further reduce, use up or give away.
Another bookcase emptied and my wardrobe severely pruned. Still far too much stuff! The Minimalists suggest only keeping stuff that’s important to you, that you could grab in 30secs (say in a fire or flood) and don’t become attached to all the other stuff so you could leave it behind. Difficult to do – but as a sort of guiding principle it is helping me ask the hard questions on what I really NEED to enjoy life.
I was away 2 out of the 4 weeks in March enjoying travelling (and moving my friend) and photography. This last week of March is also my last week of an 8 week course I’ve been doing with Otto von Munchow ‘Finding Your Photographic Voice’. The last 4 weeks we’ve been concentrating on a personal project, I chose to focus on one of my dams (I have 4 on my property). The course has been thoroughly enjoyable and has clarified my thoughts on where I am heading with my photography and what I really like to shoot and how I can go deeper with that.
So although there is no interest in the property at the moment, I have still been very busy, April looks a little quieter for me at present 🙂 Come back next month on the first Friday to see what has happened and where I am heading on this part of the Challenge to sell up and change my life. Comments about this post are welcome.
Another month has flown by and still no buyers for the property. I’ve ramped up the purging of stuff and although I didn’t get a ‘skip’ (commercial rubbish bin) I’ve been busy taking utefuls of old “should have been thrown out ages ago stuff” to the tip. A ute is an Australian term for a 4X4 with a tray back that can be open or have a canopy to enclose it, mine has a canopy which means I can pack the stuff in really tightly for the trips to the tip.
Although I’ve been giving, throwing and selling stuff for months now, I still seem to have heaps more to go through. Where did it all come from and the money I’ve spent over the years!!!!!!! It’s quite frightening on both counts. Obviously give me the space and I’ll fill it 🙂
I’ve taken another step towards moving and changing my lifestyle, I’ve put a deposit on a new A’Van – one of those caravans with the A’line roof that tows like a box trailer. Will be ready by the end of May. My last one was the smallest there is at 6 foot x 8 foot internal measurements, this one is three foot longer as I now have a dog and on wet days, wet dog doesn’t fit too well in that sort of space. It has been an interesting process to discover that now I can no longer look after my property properly or walk and enjoy it’s beauty as much, I have got itchy feet again and long to be going places and travelling just for the sake of being on the journey. The last nearly 3 years have obviously thrown me in a loop of negativity about what to do, so much so that I couldn’t do anything. Now it’s good to be looking at the positives and what I still can do that I enjoy and have the dog with me.
So now a renewed critical look at ‘Stuff’, mainly all the patchwork fabrics and notions I accumulated over 30 years of freelance teaching around the world. In the past 2 months I have found 7 groups of quilters who make quilts for various charities and welcome the fabrics I have to offer. A big relief to know it is being used to help those who have fallen on hard times. Three of the 3 foot x 6 foot cupboards emptied, only 8 more to go, and that’s just the fabric! But it’s the mind change that is making the difference in how I see things.
Any constructive comments are welcome and do come back on the first Friday of next month to see what has been happening and where I’m heading in this challenging journey.
September’s Take Twelve are all taken at the low bridge across the Big River near me early this morning. There was a thick fog/mist which gave me scope to play a bit. And – I saw a platypus………. this was a huge thrill for me as it isn’t very often you get to see them in the wild. Of course I had the wrong lens on and at first didn’t believe what I was seeing. Snapped off a couple of shots of which this was the best 😦
Meg at Move the Chair is doing this Take Twelve also, so do go and see what she captured for September here. Remember that she will post after me by about 12 hours as she lives in North Carolina, USA and I live on the East Coast of Australia.