Catching up... right, so were were we?

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Well hello there, long lost friends of our blog.

A thousand apologies for the 12 month delay since our last entry. I suppose our time here in Ireland turned into a lifestyle, in contrast to a 'travellling experience'. And as such, the idea of posting blogs seemed to pitter away.

Alot happens in a year... so where to start? I suppose I’ll keep this update short, and continue on with other entries about specific experiences.

Well, last year, we lived out our lives happily in our little cottage in town. The average day was a 6 or 7am rising, turn on the kettle, warm up and go out for a walk before the rest of the town woke up. Then breakfast, and off to school. We’d be back for lunch, and then again at the end of the day around 4. Dan would usually go off for work, and then back for dinner, kettle, music, and catching up with each other or internet stuff. Luna would get the time to bake and get some studying done on her Natural health course. Though, throughout each day and after 4, our house turned into a bit of a drop in centre for friends. We just happedned to be on located along a convinient pathway from school to town. So more than not, someone was around with us.

As for school... alot can be said. What we learned in this last year is more valuable than anything I could imagine learning at this point in my life. And among the specifics of how to grow food, design our environments, facilitate groups, and so on... I could probably say that the most important wisdom I came away with is found in one of the Permaculture principals, "The Problem is the Solution."

It is a simple philosophy that can be applied to any situation. When you encounter a problem, the idea is that there is something about that problem that can be utilized or turned around to create a solution for itself. In this way you reduce your stress and flex your creativity, while finding ways to be productive in everyday situations. I’m not quite sure how to explain it any more in writing, but I really feel like this one will stick with me – so I thought I’d share it.

We finished up college in Mid May, and moved out of our cottage then. We house sat a a friends for 2 weeks, then moved into our current home, Pearl Cottage. It is located along a gorgious 3 km walk from the town centre along the water. The idea was to be just outside of town so that we forced ourselves into exercise, and so that it would be less distracting. We moved in with a group of great friends, with our own garden plot and all. Theres a lovely little pub out here, and we’re right by the water.

Shit, I said I wouldn’t make this too long.... So then I went travelling this summer (which I will post another entry for), and Luna stayed around Kinsale. We met up in England to do some travelling together (maybe another blog), and kept busy until school started again in Setpember. Since then, all has been going well. Luna is working at the health food store in town (along with a few other cleaning jobs) and Dan is busy with the Student Council at our college and a few other projects around town.

Again, sorry for the lack of write ups, but heres a few to keep you going for a while.

Daniel & Luna
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