Thursday, May 21, 2009
Well I finally got around to creating my own blog, who'd have thought? I have created this page to help share with everyone some explorations into my thoughts, ideas and the goings on in my life here in beautiful Humboldt County. The journey of my life is an interesting one (to me). It is full of wanderlust and searching for greener pastures where ever they may be. For most of my adult life I have moved from town to town in search of something better, some place I could finally call home. Whether or not I have found that here is yet to be discovered. Through this blog I hope to convey my sense of amazement with my everyday life and all the wonderful things I do and discover along my journey to the finish line. I will post pictures and short writings about my adventures this summer including the continued progress of my garden, the dirty compost that is rotting away (hopefully), my many trips to the river and whatever else creative and fun I do for this summer and beyond....
Posted by Brett Thurman at 1:23 PM
This little plot of dirt surrounded by cinder blocks basking in the sun has taught me a valuable lesson regarding life and food. I shall no longer take for granted the overly simple act of grocery shopping for I have now planted my own food. I can see all the hard work it takes to bring 1 strawberry to the store and how that 1 strawberry should be cherished and not wasted uselessly. This garden was by no means easy or more cost effective than buying all our own organic veggies. We have spent a good deal of money buying supplies and dirt and even waged outright war on the invading snails who want to eat our rewards! The effort and money has been put in, now time to wait for the sweet benefits of our little plot of land. This garden has given us a starting point to further learn how to support ourselves. Now a 6 foot by 4 foot garden is not nearly enough space to grow all we need but we are learning the tools to one day grow all our own crops and have no more worries about chemicals in our foods, where our food came from or how much energy was input to grow what we are eating. All the energy we want to rely on is our backs, brains and the sun! Heres to hoping everyone has the chance to have a backyard garden and learn a thing or two about plants, food and life.
The Garden Retreat Cottage (Home)
Our home is not just where we sleep, eat and spend the down time of our day. It is a retreat from life and worries, a base camp for our explorations of Arcata and greater Humboldt County. A comfortable nook nestled in a beautiful garden to stage our lives as we see fit, free from the constraints of neighbors and lousy room mates. Free from the sound of passing vehicles and honking horns. Free from mean landlords and ugly parking lots. From our garden retreat we cannot see nor hear the road and are thus slightly removed from life outside, even if for just the moment. We are completely content in our 300 square foot castle, not cramped, not looking for anything better and not looking to move away for the time being. I love this cottage because it is the first place I have felt like was a home to me and not just simply a house in a long time. I live with a beautiful woman I call shmoo who is clean, thinks like me and likes my cooking. What more could I ask for?