To use the modern terminology, I am a refugee. A refugee from the city, from the work-for-a-wage-daily-drain and from bureaucracy-gone-crazy.
It is important for me now, at this time in my life, to live a more simple life and – as clichéd as it sounds – to be in touch with who I really am.
After many setbacks and heartbreaks I realised that it was now or never. As the years progress, one finds oneself looking for excuses for why things should not be done. There is always paying off the mortgage first, get the children through university, get enough super behind me, then I’ll do it. As you get older, you plumb for safety. This is a mistake that many people make.
On Monday mornings, I was sick and tired of hearing people saying, ‘Only four days to go!’
‘To what?’ I asked.
‘To the weekend.’
‘It’s only Monday!’
I got to thinking that that’s so sad. We just live from weekend to weekend. So sad…
‘Oh, not to worry, only four days to go…’
What kind of a life is that to have? Living on the weekend and during the week – you’re a zombie!
I’ve read about other people doing a tree change and I thought, ‘I’m doing it’. And I realised I had to do it now.
My ethos is to tread softly, live sustainably and enjoy the years that I have left.
I am Greenman. I grow things. I will leave a legacy.
LADY OF THE WOOD
At the age of thirty-five, I was horrified when my father made the comment to me that I was ‘middle aged’! What the…!? I think not!
But maybe now I’d consider myself middle-aged. For one thing, I have a grand-daughter – and what a beauty she is! Does it change anything? Well, it does and it doesn’t. It makes me reflect on what I’ve done and what I haven’t got. (Note the NOT in the HAVE…) Ha! At this point, I could tell you my life story, and that might be interesting, but that’s not the point of this page. You want to know ‘About Us’ because that’s the way I’ve set up the site. Let me tell you.
My actual name is Kerry, but you can call me Lady of the Wood and I am authoring this site. I am a middle-aged grandmother and mother of three who are eco-warriors each in their own way. I have had two many (the pun is deliberate) divorces and too little payoffs for the trouble. I care about my footprint on the planet and anyone who knows me will know that if I have $50, I’d be more inclined to buy a book than a new top, despite the fact that I may really need the top. I read, I write, I cook, I have chickens, I am a worm farmer, I make compost, and among other things, I love trees and care about sustainability and the future of this planet.
Greenman is my partner. He loves trees too.
Together we have embarked on a soul journey to quit our well-paid permanent jobs in Western Australia and move to Tasmania to plant an orchard and vineyard. We will produce eggs, wine and cider to name but a few of the planned gastronomies. We will live sustainably and build a straw bale house. Eventually. But in the meantime, we will relate to you the successes and difficulties we have in becoming Greenman Orchards.