Once again. As usual. Bla, bla, bla… Yes, It’s been ages. Time is becoming a difficult concept to grasp. And the reason is the same as always: busy-busy. But, for all of you interested in construction skills, organic gardening and the likes, I am warning you, I’ve been busy being a mother and after that taking some time off from being one.
The veggie patch has payed the consequences big time. I won’t even post a picture because it is too depressing. By the time January came and the sun started hitting quite intensely I decided to relax. Partly because the kids were going to be home for the whole summer and I wanted to avoid being super frustrated by trying to be a mom and an organic veggie grower+yoga practitioner/part time yoga teacher at the same time, but also greatly because I ignorantly believed that the season was over anyways. Well the seedling and planting season at least. Winter is just around the corner right? So why bother? EEEEEEEEE (imagine a machine “hornlike” sound). So wrong, so wrong. This is not Norway honey, you don’t really need to stop seeding nor planting, except for tomatoes, peppers and a few other things So much for all the reading I was planing on doing the next months… Instead I am going to be stressing around with seedlings that are too late now. You know what? I might even wait until July and start over again then. Also, I have some horrible paperwork pending so I will have to do some trips to Montevideo, Colonia and to various offices this coming month so I am not sure what the next phase will be like. Whatever, “Den tiden, den sorgen” like they say in Norway which is sameting like: “That time, that sorrow”.
You might notice that I am rather optimistic in my choice of words. This is due to the fact that I just got back from a long break. Uruguay closes during tourism week (secular way of calling Easter break in Uruguay) so I decided I might as well take T&T over to B.A. to visit grandpa and grandma whilst I could enjoy them as well also while enjoying going to bed without dirt under my nails for a few days.
When that week was over Magnus crossed over and took the kids back to Carmelo with him whilst I stayed for a personal mini-vacation in Salta, Argentina where I visited a friend who very conveniently happens to be a tourist agent. Northern Argentina is extremely beautiful and Graciela took me bike riding, mountain top climbing, wine tasting, museum visiting and more. We even managed to squeeze some yoga classes! I also met a few of her friends and relatives so I got a real insight into people’s lives there. We also managed to lunch and dine at Saltas 2 vegan restaurants that left me very impressed. Needles to say I did not miss my gloves and spades too much. Only my family and that quite a lot actually.
Another thing that has been going on is that I have been giving a few yoga classes for a small studio in Carmelo. I meet two yogis a while ago and we became really good friends. Also, we have the same… what can I say, we are on the same wavelength regarding the whole yoga, life, food phylosophy so we got along really well. One thing led to another and when they left for holidays they left me in charge of the studio. I have to say that teaching yoga is a huge challenge for me and I needed a lot of time to prepare myself but it is the best excuse to keep on studying, practicing and learning. Big challenge, but a very welcomed one even though it is a bit scary. It also took some juggling since I was partly alone with the kids at the time, but it worked out fine and I am looking forward to more of it if the opportunity shows up again.
It is no secret that the last 5-6 months have been MEGA INTENSE and extremely demanding but we are now reaching a point of balanced civilization with electricity, running water (very recently hot water too and washer+dryer YEY!), and hopefully soon some decent internet too (mainly for Magnus).
The kids have just started at a very nice school which they seem to like and enjoy and i have had a wonderful, very hot, long summer full of escapes to the canteras and the beach, 5 year birthday celebration, cooking, baking, ice cream eating, tree climbing, playing and hanging in the hammocks. All this thanks to me deciding to forget getting anything done in either the house or the garden and just try to enjoy my kids and some time with them.
Extra plus was that T&T learned to swim too, something that makes me very happy because I consider it an absolute MUST. I’ll post a few summer pics for all of you interested in following them too :). I also had visitors, some of my lifelong friends visited Carmelo. We stayed somewhere else since our place is not really suited for more than one visitor at a time but we made time for them to stop by and check out my new life, something I really appreciate and was very keen on them seeing. We laughed like I have not laughed for really long, swam in the river, had homemade granola and vegan food and I even managed to give them a yoga class, though a bit of an interrupted one since they turned out to be quite indisciplined (I do take it seriously despite the looks of it on some fb posts). We had loads of fun.
This will be all for now. Thank you for staying put despite the low frequency of posts and stay tuned! There sure will be much more to come. Whatever that might be.
A few summer memories. Less than I would like because loading pics is taking too long.