|Pulling up roots|
|One corner of my spacious studio (the white wrapped roll in background is Just a Little Spill, soon to be unfurled for exhibition at The Framing Workshop|
For the past five months I've devoted almost all the time, creativity, research and steady slog to gardening that I would usually have put into making art. During this period, gardening was completely and utterly sufficient for my soul. When people asked 'what do you do', I didn't want to talk about my art, I wanted to talk about my garden. The blog was neglected: I was usually outside with dirty hands, and when I was near my computer all I wanted to do was share the wonder of growing plants, yet didn't feel ready to explain the new direction of my passion.
As is my wont with any new interest, I read and learn as much as I can at the same time as diving right into the doing. I've been soaking up gardening magazines and gardening blogs of all types, but nothing makes more sense to me than permaculture. It aligns with my environmental and political concerns, while directing my (possibly unhealthy) obsession with climate change/pollution/extinction into pragmatic, joyful solutions. Solutions that are not just for designing landscapes and growing food, but for all aspects of society.
|Home grown food|
Over my eight years of blogging, the content and tone of Bibliophilia have shifted along with my priorities and preoccupations. I've often felt disinclined to share much about what is on my mind for fear of appearing inconsistent or exposing myself to criticism. If you look at the archive list in the right hand column you will see the frequency of my posts has declined markedly over the eight years: a bit like the statistics for Arctic summer sea ice. Just like the Arctic, 2012 marked a record low for my posting frequency.
I hope that both my blogging and the Arctic summer sea ice will increase in 2013. I have the ability to ensure one of those hopes is fulfilled. In doing so I intend to document my part in the world-wide, grass-roots social and economic transformation project which is required to slow global warming enough for, not only polar bears to survive, but also all life as we know it.
I fear, however, that the recent nadir of sea ice is a signal that a tipping point has passed and that accelerated climate change is ramping up and out beyond its initial anthropogenic impetous, let alone the least conservative scientific predictions of a few years ago. It may be that even if governments and big business were to suddenly change their venal ways and start doing what was required five, ten, thirty years ago to slow down this train, even then the train wouldn't slow down in my lifetime.
|Another delicious home grown meal cooked on the rocket stove- zero food miles and renewable energy|