So I've been nudged and spoken to, reprimanded and messaged for being absent for so long. Thank you for letting me know that I have not been forgotten and my deepest apologies. I know that the phrase "I've been too busy" is as old as work itself, but hey - I HAVE been busy, dammit. I'm sure y'all heard of our fantastic economy here in the Banana Republic of Greece - yes, it's all true and worse. Which means that I had three demanding jobs in the summer and still couldn't save a cent.
Secondly, there was a sudden feeling of having nothing to say, being boring, kind of a midyear's crisis and shattered dreams; that's resolved now.
So enough of this lament.
I'm busy and energetic and full of ideas and with lots of newly developed confidence due also to my latest project. Because despite the fiasco we recently witnessed in Copenhagen I have not given up hope and finished a project that I kept thinking of for the past two years: Making an usable calendar/diary for the villagers with ecological advice inside. Not the kind of bad humans, pointing finger advice but the kind where you say "hey, we're all in the same boat so let's row together" (or maybe "hey, we're all in the same sinking boat so let's start bailing out together", to be more accurate). When the local cultural association asked me to design their annual calendar, I proposed the idea and they gave me carte blanche (!). So besides lots of advice what one can do to change towards a more ecological life, I've also included my knowledge about the local wild (healing) herbs and spices and about the edible wild greens. I've taken lots of pictures of flowering plants and trees in the village, plus my orchid pics you've seen here before. The result is quite nice (if I may say so) and very practical, I'm pretty proud of it and it seems that the village likes it (received some great compliments!). Of course I hope that one or two of them will heed some of the tips and reduce their carbon footprint. That includes myself, too, of course, cos lazygirl is no saint...;)
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So, to all of you still mooching about on LJ (I can be found on Facebook more often these days; some of you know my real name if you want to add me), I wish you all a very nice holiday to come, in whatever way you prefer to celebrate it, and a fine slide into a year that hopefully may bring us some positive change in the world.