Working Harder Than Ever

Again, it’s been a long time between posts, hasn’t it? I’m not very good at this. But I am sure you’ll forgive me.

It was about this time last year that I started talking about dropping out – buying land, establishing an off-grid haven, and living simply and more deliberately. Work was evil, I said. And here I am, the middle of 2014, working harder (well, I like to think smarter too) than ever before. But you know what, I’m actually quite enjoying most of it.

In recent months, I dropped down to 3-days a week at the day job. The decision was made for three reasons: 1. my sanity; 2. it helped my employer retain me for another 6-12 months, as their budgets tighten – I am now cheaper than before; and 3. it frees up time to work on other things. This day job, for the time being, is vital. It allows me to pay the bills. I am still in the urban (a couple of kms out of the city) and pay rent to boot. However, I enjoy this house and the land and the area – so my sanity is further enabled.

I work Monday to Friday at the day job, which is bearable, and then I have 4 days to do other things. Including, working on Pip Magazine, growing my small business, and generally drinking coffee, talking walks, napping, reading, hiking, cycling – all those fun things. I don’t think I could ever go back to the 9-5, Monday to Friday, after experiencing this…

In other news, I have been hard at work in the garden – here in Adelaide. The ‘earth works’ I did early on, when we first moved, has paid off and over the past month or two we have been harvesting silverbeet, kale, several varieties of lettuce, radish, coriander, parsley, sage, dill, thyme, and spring onions. Oh, and the mandarin and lemon trees have been very generous.

I haven’t been up to the block for at least 8 weeks. I’m a bit disappointed in myself for not spending time up there. I am unlikely to spend too much time up there during the warmer months – because it’ll be damn hot. So I must squeeze in a few visits before it warms up too much. To slash the green manure crop. To ensure the irrigation system is working correctly. And to burn off all the dead Mallee I knocked over last time.

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