Following on from yesterday’s blog about the limited area occupied by my squigglometer…
I was daydreaming today about what my future home might look like. For now I am perfectly happy with my “global nomad” (i.e. homeless) status, but maybe one day I will want somewhere to call home.
Time was, back in my materialistic days, when I would drool over the huge estates and sumptuous houses in Country Life, or the chic city mansions in House and Garden.
But not any more. Now they would just make me ponder how much maintenance and upkeep they would require, and how much time and energy to furnish and decorate them, time and energy that I’d rather spend doing other things. The house would end up owning me, rather than the other way around.
Who knows, maybe we’ll see a backlash against the McMansions on their 5 acre plots, stretching the suburbs out far into the countryside. Maybe we’ll see a return to more realistically-sized homes (does a family of four REALLY need 6 bathrooms?!), within walking distance of amenities, leaving more of the countryside for the non-human inhabitants of Planet Earth.
As for me, there was a very nice little guest cottage south of San Francisco that a generous friend allowed me to live in for quite a while in 2007-8. About 700 square feet. One bed, one bath. Add an extra bedroom for guests and that would be perfect.
Or maybe a canal boat. Compact, snug, and if I got tired of the neighbourhood and/or the neighbours it would be easy as pie to move house. Perfect!
(Photo: Splash Protection.)
Today was rough. Splish, splash, splosh went the waves, and bish, bash, bosh went the oars. Nothing stylish about it – just trying to get the oars in the water and not get swept overboard. But at least I’m moving, and in vaguely the right direction.
Blue Vision Summit – thanks for the update, David. I thought BVS must be coming up any day now. It was brilliant last time, and I’ve stayed in touch with many of the folks I met there. I will most definitely be with you in spirit. Have a fantastic time, keep pushing the ocean agenda, and enjoy that glass of wine on my behalf!
Bruce – want sargassum? I’ve got sargassum! I see it all the time. I discovered it was quite a haven for wildlife when I pulled some on board to photograph it, and found little brown shrimps on it. Maybe if the big charismatic megafauna continue to be conspicuous by their absence, I will become a connoisseur of seaweed inhabitants instead.
Bradley Kehoe, Hans Verwey, Nick Perdiew, Courtney Elwood, Larry Grandt, Jennifer Bester, Kamas Industries – thank you for sponsoring Roz’s latest rowing miles.