Last time I posted here we were in Germany. Sounds nice doesn't it? Well it was in some ways (meet some very nice people, experienced living in a different place, kids learned some German), but it was definitely not a vacation. Glad to have done, was very glad to get back to the states (with the exception of the god-awful customs line/rat maze we had to wait in when we first got into Philadelphia and consequently missed out connecting flight).
|Our studio apartment in Cologne. All those books and only one was in English: a book about Kylie Minogue.|
|Georgia eating some fish eggs in our apartment. That's my baby.|
Our neighbor's house was not totally complete (something they had fully disclosed to me), and that combined with the extra chilly weather and me being alone with two kids and having to almost constantly manage the wood stove left me looking for another option. I signed up for the World Wide Opportunities for Organic Farmers website (wwoof.org), which was one of the best $30 I ever spent. I found a woman in Tucson who needed help with her gardens and welcomed children. We exchanged some good e-mails and decided I could come down after Christmas. I had a couple delays (transmission went out in my car and we spent the New Year's Eve and the first couple days of the new year in a hotel while it got fixed, then we realized Miles still had the key for the lock that was on the hitch of the trailer and it had to be mailed).
So finally I got to pack up the trailer in negative degree weather and we headed for a warmer climate.
So, yes, on to Tucson. We parked our trailer on the land of a very lovely woman who enjoyed the kids and taught me about her gardens and kept me company! I would work for her for 2 hours a day (which was challenging at times with the almost 2 year old Georgia constantly needing my attention). I dug a big trench for humanure, pruned her apple and almond trees, double dug a garden bed, oiled all her garden tools, and weeded a lot of grass. Her land was in a small semi-intentional community several miles outside the city. So we could take walks out into the desert, walking though the sand washes. It was so nice to be warm (most of the time). We did arrive right at the beginning of a cold snap, and we saw it snow! We left at the beginning of March, I was pretty frazzled by that time, having spent 3 months with the kids by myself. I was ready to be with Miles and to be at our new home.
|Exploring the desert|
|On our land|
|I love our neighborhood forest|