It’s been over a month now since we got back from our Christmas and New Year trip to England. After a few weeks of tidying and organising, de-mousing the house and making plans for the year, we’ve settled back and feel as at home as ever here in Asturias. New windows and doors should be coming soon, which will be double glazed so we don’t have … Continue reading Febrero
It is with some regret that I commit to doing this challenge, posting the poems from last year for anyone to see via the internet. During the writing of this last one, I wasn’t my best self. It was snowing heavily, and I was stuck in the last workaway of a long year of volunteering in other people’s houses. I was tired of not having … Continue reading POEM PER MONTH // February
The genus coprinopsis indicates a mushroom that appears similar to those within the coprinus genus, which in Latin means ‘living on dung’. Whilst this is befitting for some mushrooms, it is not suited to this particular species, which I found amongst the leaf litter on a walk in the woods last November. Fortunately, the location in which I found the mushroom – a damp shady spot … Continue reading The Magpie Inkcap
Last year I wrote a poem every month. For the first three it was coincidence, then when I realised I decided to try to write one for cada mes. It’s a nice way of reflecting, and writing without the thought of people seeing, and with the safety of the past.
You are invited to join the #poempermonth challenge this year, too! Please do.
Roundup. The infamous herbicide used in agriculture, spreading weed-killing glyphosate on soils worldwide. Owned by Monsanto, which also happens to be the company that produces genetically modified seeds which are tolerant to the chemicals in Roundup. Thus, everything is modified. At first glance it might not seem so harmful: using a molecule to get rid of persistent weeds – no back bending, no fiddling around … Continue reading Redefining Roundup
November. Last year we were swiftly escaping a rather dramatic workaway in an abandoned village in the middle of nowhere, and were left in limbo as we had little money and nowhere to go. Winter isn’t the best time for WOOFing, (volunteering on an organic farm), and it’s probably quite obvious why. Wind, rain, snow – not ideal conditions for gardening. So for this reason … Continue reading Olive Picking in Las Alpujarras
It’s that time again, where I have an itch to write and a lack of suitable space to scratch it. Not really, though. It’s so easy to fall down the perfectionism road and waste hours trying to come up with a new blog name, something that encompasses everything whilst being relevant and not too specific at the same time. Nevermind. Peace and Pollen will do … Continue reading Vidanueva
Permaculture is a word that’s used a lot in the field of working with the land. When we first started using workaway, we’d see a lot of projects using the tag ‘permaculture’, and as it was alongside such labels as ‘self-sufficiency’, ‘eco-living’ and ‘community’, our interests were piqued and we decided to learn more. Who is Permaculture for? Anyone working with the land. In a … Continue reading What is Permaculture?