Green links, musings and activities

Greetings, Sweet Peas! Hope you are all thriving.

I have a link to a couple of sites for you today. Check out the lovely Breathing Earth, it is a real-time visual record of the earths human births, deaths and CO2 emissions. I found it surprisingly engaging and kind of relaxing to watch. I think it is in Flash, I am not certain how long it may take to download, as I had it download whilst I slept.

I got onto that site as I was pottering around following lots of green links, and found some great stuff. I will probably subscribe to the Aussie ones, cos it’s easier when the seasons match up, but it’s way heartening to read of people in all countries who are thinking along similar lines. Lots of Canadian environmental activity by the looks of it. I even downloaded a free permaculture ebook from David Holmgren’s site. He has other material available for purchase also.

Would you like a list of my latest plant aquisitions? Here it is anyway!

There have been 2 Batches:
I have already planted onions, tat soi (seed, and already germinated), broccoli, parsley, pansies and lettuces. I put the fruit tree netting over the vegie garden to keep the cats out. (They think it’s their “bathroom” otherwise!)
Awaiting planting are strawberries (will go under the peach tree), Male and Female Kiwi Fruit (they should have a chance to get established over autumn/winter/spring and thus hopefully be a bit robust by the time the hot summer arrives), thornless blackberry (I do love my thornless berries, even at the nursery the thorny ones were decidedly spikey to handle), and a marjoram plant.

The other thing I have done recently, which I don’t think I had mentioned is re-joined LETS (Local Exchange Trading System), this is a kind of formalised barter system, which runs in parallel with the national economic system. I see it as a natural community building system, and an alternative trading option as inflation becomes a bitey reality of our times. It’s fun too, to go to the markets.

You may gather from all of the above that I am renewed in my urgency and commitment to living a little more greenly. I have been thinking, even if global warming is not an exactly accurate scientific happening, we are still “messing up” our own nest.
The things we need to do which would slow (halt?) global warming will still make the earth a nicer cleaner home.

Hope I haven’t been TOO lefty for you today, it’s just the mood I’m in.
Tons of great stuff to you all,
Meg

Flyer flies

Hello Petals!
Hope you are all well and happy.

This is the promotional flyer (not a trapeze flyer!) design that I have been working on for the upcoming live music event:

flyer for event1

Will upload a photo when the correlating sign board is ready too.
I won’t always be able to show you all the work-for-others that I have been doing, but will show you things for which I can get clearance.

Just to let you know, I have scrapped the free eNewsletter due to lack of interest. If anyone wants to get forewarned of new artwork becoming available, just stay tuned to this blog, or email me. Easy!

Have a great day,
Meg

Autumn Activity

Greetings, dear Readers!

Thanks heaps for all your visits, the hit counter of this blog just stepped over 800! Wow, that sounds like a lot.

Good news! I got permission to show you the LiveTown items (flyer and signboard) once they are done. It is a (mainly) Graphic Design project I am doing for my RainDance friend, who is organising a series of live music events. I have been charged with giving these events a visual personality. I have also encouraged her to set up with a blog and so forth, I am such a techy-head! I will give you a link to the blog once there starts to be content. The artwork, however should be good to show you next week.
That is one of the things I have been doing that has precluded my printmaking advancing. It’s useful art though, I like designing.

The weather has been more constant and Autumny, rather than extreme and thought-provoking, which is a nice respite. My morning runs and walks have been made comfortable by the milder weather; and so enhanced by listening to the hopeful, original etown broadcasts, I can hardly tell you.

Take good care of yourselves,
(However much you don’t want to take on board what ads say, You ARE actually worth it!)
Meg

Rain and Seedlings, Parking ticket and Blogs

Hello Lovelies!

As I begin, I am not sure what I am going to tell you about today, but I do want to let you know that I am thinking of you.

Half my run this morning was in beautiful rain. It wasn’t that cold whilst actually running, but my glasses were full of water droplets by the time I got back home. Blurry.

I bought vegie (and pansy) seedlings yesterday. The little plants have had some lovely rainwater today, and are now under shelter, still in their punnets, incase of overnight hail. If no more hail is expected, I hope to plant them over the weekend. I guess I should think about snail bait, as the rain will bring out those seedling-eating creatures.

This morning I had a meeting and took my car to town, but didn’t take the time to read the parking instructions carefully, and got a parking ticket. Haven’t had one for a long time, luckily it was only $19!

I am having lots of fun reading posts, posts and more posts that get delivered to my blog reader. Links lead to other links, it’s interesting to hear from different perspectives. People can be quite wise and inspiring sometimes.

Haven’t progressed on the lino (guilt, guilt!) but have been doing various artwork for friends. I will try to get permission to show you some of it when it is finished.

Hoping things are going well for you,
Meg

Sunny post-Mother's Day greetings

Hello Mothers and Others,

Hope you had a good Mother’s Day.

Sunny days here as we observe the changing of seasons. 19 oranges ripen on their tree, as the stone fruit tree leaves consider autumn.

A quote from Kelly Ohlson (from Larimer County & Fort Collins Open Space Tax Initiatives (on etown (of course))): “…One person can make a difference, and you oughta give it a shot…”
I like that as a good thought to take into the day.

Have a good one,
Meg

Meg's 4 favourite ideas of the week

Hello Fabulous Readers!

My favourite ideas this week are:

1. Seth Godin (on mediocrity, and editing killing the spirit of a thing): “If all you want is safe, have baby food for dinner. Just leave me out of it.”

2. Chris Smither on etown (regarding voting): “I have a personal theory that nobody should be allowed to vote until they have lived abroad for a year, in a country where people speak a different language.”

3. From a song by Hot Rize (on etown!): “Here today n gone tomorrow, life’s too short to borrow sorrow…”

4. And finally, here’s a link to a cool article about some simple cheap technology that’s making a difference in Africa.

Tons of Best wishes,
Meg

Wings of Lino

Hello my happy readers!
Hope you have had (or are in the process of having) a lovely weekend.

I forgot to let you know that I am carving a lino block (matrix!) of kind of an Autumn Fairy. She is from an old thumbnail sketch in my Visual Diary that I recorded some time ago, possibly years. She is flying around low to the crocusses, and leaves of various shapes are being blown around near her. I had actually started carving the lino, and now notice that the wing shape doesn’t support the flowing lines of the design. I am going to carve no more. I’ll either get a new big piece of lino and just trace the design with changed wings, or else I will use an elongated shaped piece (like RainGirl but maybe sideways), and change the design significantly to fit. But the wings must be changed!

Have been really enjoying listening to podcasts of etown radio. (You clever techy people know what podcasts are, right?)

I am just about to fill in my application for the Moving Image section of the SALA (South Australian Living Artists) Festival. Very exciting!

Tons of good wishes your way,
Meg

3 cheery things

Howdy Georgeouses,

I’m excited to be able to tell you 3 cool (& cheery) things today. (And I have for the first time used the formatting available in WordPress to give you (tadah!) numbered bullet points). Here goes:

  1. Firstly a link to the YouTube video of the “From Little Things Big Things Grow” song. The reconciliation song has entered the Aussie music charts up high, which is wonderful. Also you can still buy the song if you want! And here’s another article about the song.
  2. A friend has told me about a fantastic radio show, called etown (music, ideas, community). It’s played on 100 radio stations in the US, or you can download it from wherever you are as a podcast. I have listened to a couple of shows and loved it so far. Intelligent, genuine and kind, and wonderful live music.
  3. My other news (for which I don’t have a link, unless you want a link to an Apple store) is that I got a new iPod Shuffle (new generation) that holds TWO GIG!!! (Which is a lot of songs, and will more than do for even the longest of my walks and runs (jogs)).
    It cost $A82 (US$77) which is around half the price of my previous one, and 8 times the storage, and about half the size physically. The bestest best things are that it’s like a dear little peg and it’s PURPLE. Sorry lovely readers, I am making a great effort not to shout at you (capitalize) too much with excitement!!! (Maybe just tons of exclamation marks!!!)

So I download etown and listen on my new purple iPod. Sigh! I feel so much like myself.

Hope you have a lovely weekend.
Meg

Meg to mention weather when relevant now

Hey DearHearts!

I need to modify a promise I made to you about talking about the weather! I said I wouldn’t talk at all about it unless it got extreme again. It seems that if I totally avoid the topic I have cut off that way to set the scene simply. I started to get bogged down not knowing at all what to write to you, how to start etc.
So I would like to change it to: I will not to whinge in an extended way about the weather, unless it becomes extreme.

Here goes! Yesterday I went for about a 5k run (3.1 mile) run (jog?) in rain so fine it was barely more than a mist. It was like that most of the time and I didn’t really get very wet. It was an interesting experience.
I am finding my jogs easier as I get stronger with circus training. In class I am even starting to learn to do beginners chin-ups!

I got to do some lino print design on Tuesday. Hooray! I had become a little disheartened, thinking I had no knack for it anymore; now it has dawned on me that any work I have done that I or anyone likes, has had more than one go to get to looking as it does, whether (the other kind (!)) at the design, cutting, printing, paper choice or colour choice stage.
So am progressing bearing in mind that it is a process of fine-tuning and time, patience and re-working. Then absolutely POUNCING on it when it works and going with it!

Keep well. Thanks for reading,
Meg

Thinking of you!

Hi bloggy-buddies!

I have been thinking of you but have been caught up doing un-blog-noteworthy activities.

I did cover a chair yesterday in spotty fabric which could become the subject for a print design maybe (plus cat of course)!

Write with something substantial very soon.

Take care,
Meg