I decided to move blog-house, the old place had a terrible format and I waited years for the site owners to update things but it never happened. I found myself not wanting to write the huge backlog of stuff I’ve cooked up, because I knew the posts weren’t going to look any good online – you need a readable font, and sensibly placed pictures at least, right? I put off moving because I didn’t want to lose existing material, but it was pointed out to me that wanting to write the blog and people wanting to read the blog are two basic blogging concepts so I would just have to bite the bullet and copy the material over! So, that’s what I’m doing.
This is my new Anthrozoology blog, therefore.
Anthrozoology is the study of how humans and animals interact, and I’ve been doing that since I was in a pram (I cried when my grandma shoo’d a bumble bee away from me). I’m fully aware it’s a niche thing, but give it a chance if you have any interest in animals at all! My specialism is the hoofed animals, particularly the domesticated ones. Cattle, sheep, goats and deer are all very much my bag, but I do stray into other species from time to time and have a great fondness for birds.
My other great preoccupation is increasing the resilience of our lives here in the West, or my own the very least! By that I mean relying on ‘stuff’ that’s sustainable, and that comes from a system which can sustain knocks. So far my career is based in farming, and I don’t like to think I rely on a system which in turn relies on finite resources like oil for my food and clothes, to say nothing of the elaborate and fragile infrastructure through which these things reach us – one little blip in the supply chain, supermarket shelves don’t get filled, then what? Alarmist maybe, but it’s just my character to want to be prepared for these things. I tend to look to history a lot for inspiration, because the people in an oil free age knew a few tricks about living oil-free 😉
I also think we could do with a much fairer system, globally. I sit here in rural poverty in England while poor slaves pick nuts and fruit in misery for us on the other side of the planet – who is this system working for? Not either of us, clearly. So, I try to grow and make my own things and if I can’t, buy from real people based here in Britain, making things from stuff produced here in Britain. That means a whole lot of crafty content like knitting, sewing, cooking, foraging, preserving, butchery, tanning, weaving and so on.
If reading about this appeals to you – welcome, and thank you!
(This is a coracle, a traditional, handmade little boat and a great moment in my life!)