It was a good summer – dry, but good. My blueberries survived the drought but it took its toll on the trees, flowers, and vegetables, along with my personal hygiene. Water became rationed with stingy prudence when, during a shower, it seemed my well threatened to run dry as the pressure dropped from its usual uninspired flow to a mere dribble. From that point on showers were fast and doing laundry was rare. If you weren’t a blueberry plant your water allotment was meagre.
In the field, the intense dry heat radiated up from the clay earth, spreading warm contentment right into my marrow. Those were good days. I didn’t get many little nuggets of blue deliciousness this year but that’s ok. They will increase every year until full maturity at seven years. I will have a grand (soft) opening for family and friends in the summer of 2018.
In other news, my irrigation system in one field did not pass muster and I will have to redo it next year – as well as my deer fence gate post which broke when I clipped it with the tractor (note to self – almost enough room is not good enough). Later that same day, still speeding merrily along on my mechanical steed, I clipped the soffits and fascia of my garage with the tractors overhead roll bar. A combination of wood, nails and metal came crashing down on my head. The story of the tortoise and the hare teaches a good lesson and I would do well to take better heed. At the very least- I needed to get off the tractor.
I used to love winter as a kid growing up in the Northwest Territories where the days were dark, the cold was fierce and parkas and mukluks were warm. And while I still love the beauty and serenity of fresh snow in the field and white crystallized branches, I don’t love driving in freezing rain and trying to thaw pipes in my 125 year old uninsulated house that is impossible to heat. But now I get excited for winter again – it means another adventure.
This year it’s Thailand and South East Asia, with a one week foray into Japan en route. And Jim will coming with me which will be awesome. He is on a leave of absence from his job at Public Health in Ottawa. We leave on January 11th and return on March 22nd. I am looking forward to shimmying back into my cozy sleeping bag and the whimsy of life on the road. I plan to learn Thai massage and enjoy Thai cuisine. I also want to spend significant time in ancient temples meditating to develop a healthier relationship with food and detoxing from my sugar addiction, which of late, has spiralled out of control. And of course – blogging regularly. Sharing the adventrue is a true joy for me.
Until next time, my valued blog readers, a Happy Christmas and a safe and healthy New Year to you and yours.
Great blog, girl. You have the most fabulous sense of humour which clearly helps you get through some pretty scary moments not to mention a few disappointments! You are an excellent writer. Looking forward to Tuesday. xo Di
Thanks Di. I very much appreciate your feedback and support. Xo
Have a merry Christmas and a happy New years and a great trip
Thanks a bunch guys. Take good care and hope to see you later in the year. Xo
Arlene ,You are such a great writer and we look forward to reading of your next wonderful adventure. We were wondering about your blueberries. So interesting.Have a merry Christmas and a healthy new year – to you and your family. Xo Pauline
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Dear Pauline, I sure appreciate your positive feedback and comments. Thanks so much. Say hi to everybody for me. lots of hugs, Arlene xo
You have so many exciting times to look forward to next year. Love always to hear of your adventures.
Hi Sherri, thank you. It will be a great year i think for all of us. Bring on 2017. Thank you. see you soon my friend xo
Sounds awesomeâ¦ hope all goes well with the trip and look forward to reading your blogs as beforeâ¦. Always and inspiration !!
Thank so much glenda Im really looking forward to getting away. Thanks very much for reading 🙂 hugs, Arlene
Have a wonderful and exciting adventure, Arlene! I look forward to reading about it in your blog. Stay safe and enjoy.
I certainly look forward to travelling along with you as you blog along! ??
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Thanks Shelley. It will be awesome to have you along :)!