I know I said I would not be blogging for a while but I could not resist! I am having so many beautiful experiences here I wanted to share a little of my time here with you lovely people 🙂 For those of you who do not know, I am spending time at a community in Dorset named Monkton Wyld Court. I originally intended to stay for a fortnight, however I have extended my stay by one week because I am going to be helping to build a sustainable eco house for one of the residents. I am so excited about this project – if you know me well you will know that I am obsessed with tiny houses and the tiny house movement so getting the chance to help build an eco house is like a dream for me hehe.
I have been here for just over a week now and I am truly having the best time. I am WOOFING / volunteering here so in exchange for working 35 hours a week we get board and delicious organic food – a pretty good deal! The work is sometimes hard but always enjoyable. Some of the things I have been doing have included gardening, weeding, earthing potatoes, cleaning the big house and cooking in the amazing kitchen. I enjoy being in the kitchen the most, it is a beautiful old fashioned kitchen with a wood burning stove and a huge wooden table in the center that we work around, it reminds me of being a child and helping in the kitchen.
The food we have been having is amazing. The food is organic where possible, all vegetarian but there is always a vegan option. Some of the produce comes straight from the garden, though not too much at this time of year. There are two cows on the farm which they use for milk, cheese, cream, butter and ice cream.
The gardener Luke has been teaching me and my friend about edible flowers as this was something we were interested in. The next day we were making lunch in the kitchen for a yoga group so we made these beautiful platters of fresh salad and we picked flowers from the garden to use as a salad garnish. We served this with borsch and hummus which we also made and the resident chef Cath prepared wholemeal rolls to serve with our meal. It was the most nourishing beautiful meal and we were so proud of ourselves for catering for 40 people! We are in the kitchen again tomorrow morning to make some more beautiful fayre, I can’t wait!
Our room is very simple, twin beds, a lush view over the valley and a sun trap in the afternoon. We have been collecting mementos since we have been here and we have created this lovely altar on our desk. There is a huge mound of oranges! Lots of pebbles and driftwood that we are going to use for crafts. Gemstones to protect us and encourage creativity. Pennies we have found to invite richness into our lives. Hearts because we love everything that we do. My friend who I am sharing with has been teaching me the importance of loving every single thing that I do, whether big or small 🙂
I have met some wonderful people here. both residents and WWOOFERS. We have shared some lovely experiences with them from hanging out, working together, playing board games by the fire when it is cold and having campfires whilst enjoying the boys playing their guitars. I would recommend a trip to Monkton if you get the chance, it is a magical place, I feel very safe and at home here.
I hope you are all loving what you are doing 🙂 I have a lot more to share with you but I will save those for another day.
♥ Olivia xoxo