Friday, October 21, 2011

Random Acts of Kindess

Today while I was practising I left my bike parked outside the front door of the shala, not locked up because I am in possibly the safest town ever (and my bike cost $20 from a junk-seller at a market; it isn't exactly eye candy...), and as I wandered out to the front desk area and was chatting with some friends, one of the regular guys who comes to evening classes popped his head in the door to let me know that he had just returned my bike.  He'd gone past and saw it there in it's rather sorry state, and popped it in his van, took it to the shop where he works and gave it a full tune up.  Air in the tires, raised up the seat to a better height, oiled the chain, fixed up the gears, the whole works.  He had offered several times over the last few weeks for me to swing by his work and let him fix it, but every time I thought of it, something came up.  So he took it upon himself to sort me out.  A random act of kindness that totally made my day.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Grow little seeds, grow!

Yesterday was an epic day on the farm, 7:30AM to 6PM, but so much happened.  We finally, finally got to put some seeds in the veggie beds!  The morning started out with all the hardest work, forking the beds to mix the soil with the compost, raking it over to break up the lumps, but then planting began... cucumbers, rockmelon, watermelon, corn, carrots, pumpkins, zucchini, beans and more... yum-o!  We gave everything a big drink of water after it went into the earth and now it is a case of just wait and see.  In biodynamics, yesterday was an excellent day for planting based on the moon's relationship to the earth, and it was a good day to use one of the 'biodynamic preparations' as well, so that was spread over the whole farm too.  The weeds are almost completely gone from around the beds now, so until there is a bit of green popping up from the beds it looks pretty barren, but there are also trays upon trays of seedling tomatoes and eggplants and beetroot (the list could go on...) that will be planted soon.  So much new life happens in springtime! 

Due to my lack of veggie growing space/transience I have satisfied my urge to grow things at home in a few plant pots and also in a sprouting bag.  I am growing sprouts in the kitchen for the first time and it is fun to see the progress every time I run the sprout bag under water.  Fenugreek sprouts are the first project, and so far they are doing great, their little tails are growing like crazy!

46 more sleeps until I leave for Mysore (plus 23 hours, 34 minutes and about 30 seconds... I have a countdown going on my google page that tells me all this).  Can't wait to get back...

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Giving thanks and weekend updates

This weekend marks thanksgiving in Canada, and it is one of the few holidays that I find nice to celebrate.  No real commercial push to buy more stuff to make people like you better, just an occasion to get together with friends and family and acknowledge the fact that it is good to be alive.  And it IS good to be alive!  I am in a beautiful place surrounded by beautiful people doing something that I love.  What more could I ask for?

The ticket to Mysore has been purchased, so my trip is really happening; November 28th I go for a third encounter with Mother India. 

Another change of house will be happening on Thursday, the little Sumatran bungalow was almost too good to be true, and now it is already time to go. 

The kiwi is unpredictable.  Some days he is full of love and lets it all shine on out, other days he is a storm cloud of negativity.  Impossible to predict. 

The farm is about to swing into full gear with a big week of planting coming up.  The last week or two has involved me pulling an epic mountain of weeds from around the raised beds in preparation for transplanting the seedlings. 

My yoga practice has been feeling good, with a steady mind and surprisingly steady level of energy as well, considering all the other things I have going on.  After I wrote about the seven deadly headstands a few weeks back, I was instructed to start practicing them that very same day... and I didn't wobble or fall out of a single one.  My mind had prepared me for complete failure, and it wasn't the case.  Maybe I should stop doubting my strength?  Doing the intermediate series from start to finish feels good, and all the backbending is helping to keep my body balanced with all the hunching forward raking/forking/weeding movements that I am doing on the farm.  Farming and yoga go together quite well it seems!

My sister is having her baby quite soon, and as much as we don't have the closest relationship, I am already feeling an awful lot of love for this little person that has yet to come into the world.

Enough writing for today.  I am going to take a bubble bath and relax before another hard week of manual labour.  Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends and family!