Travelling is fun. So is coming home.
Posted by suchwildlove on October 28, 2013
Sweet little man, so chill. Born five weeks early, now three weeks old. He’s doing great, as is his mummy.
Posted by suchwildlove on October 15, 2013
I planted lavender by the steps up the hill. I love imagining that scruffy slope in five and ten years, when the trees are big. Planting is such a metaphor for life.
Posted by suchwildlove on October 12, 2013
While on a hunting trip he learned that an old homestead was put up for auction by the estate of a childless heiress. He put a bid on the property and won. He built a small cabin using materials from the property. When his wife passed away, Jack effectively left “society” and moved to the cabin full time.
Filmed by Grace Jackson.
“It’s not that I don’t like people. I do. I just don’t like swarms of them.” Amen.
Posted by suchwildlove on October 11, 2013
Here come those Santa Ana winds again. Now that I live in a fire-prone area, they bring more than chapped lips; they evince some real anxiety. They’re not called the devil winds for nothing.
Posted by suchwildlove on October 5, 2013
Sometimes I just need a day alone in my treehouse. I’m lucky I can work from home every now and then.
Posted by suchwildlove on October 4, 2013
A year ago I wrote here about my beautiful eldest girl, Tui. Today, she carries new life in her belly, a second son to join her firstborn Jai, who is about to turn 15. That’s a long while between babies, but she’s ready for him :-)
I was 38 when Jai was born, and in total denial about becoming a grandmother. I didn’t even meet him till he was three. Looking back, I can’t believe that I chose to miss out on his early years like that.
Of course, I miss out on so much in my children’s lives by living on the other side of the world. But really? I completely skipped my first grandchild? That seems amazing to me now. I was young and poor and scared, but somehow that doesn’t seem like a good excuse any more.
So yeah, I plan to go back in November to spend time with Tui’s family, sharing the fun of a newborn. That’ll be three trips back in less than a year. Wow.
I love this self-portrait she took. I stole it from her Facebook page.
Posted by suchwildlove on June 11, 2013
The Guy and I have been working on a landscaping project for a while, spending some months in research and planning. Today was a red letter day: while a hired labourer was helping dig holes on the hillside, we took delivery of 25 trees. I was really really excited. Trees! Big ones! Ours!
As we’re still waiting on the mesh for gopher and deer protection to arrive, they won’t be going in the ground for a few days. So we squeezed them in the space between the two sheds (“Arthur” and “Jackson”) and hung tarps to deflect the deer for now.
Putting down roots, I am. It feels bloody marvellous.
Posted by suchwildlove on June 8, 2013
With every plant and pot I bring, I feel more invested. Not financially. Emotionally. I’m planting a garden again. It feels so, so good.
Posted by suchwildlove on April 21, 2013
Posted by suchwildlove on April 14, 2013