Despite my resolutions to the contrary, life continues to be as hectic as ever. Here is a quick round-up of what has been going on.
Last weekend was a little oasis of calm in the general craziness. I went away with the Pleiades, “a constellation of women working for a sustainable world”. And they are indeed a bunch of stars. I left the weekend feeling re-energised and replenished. And replete. Rarely has so much cheese been eaten by so few (to paraphrase Winston Churchill) We concluded our weekend with a visit to, of course, a cheese producer. Throughout our tour of their facility, I couldn’t stop that classic line from The Life of Brian running through my head: “Blessed are the cheesemakers”. Bless them indeed – after eight years in business they finally turned a profit last year.
I spent the weekend trying out a new camera. My treat to myself as a reward for spending 170 days on the ocean this year. After extensive comparison of the Olympus E-PL1, Panasonic DMC-GH2, Nikon V1 and Sony NEX-5N (all four thirds cameras), I plumped for the Sony. It has interchangeable lenses, but no viewfinder and a removable flash, so it is tiny compared with DSLR cameras – perfect for a global nomad. I gave it an exhaustive test drive over the weekend, and have been delighted with the results. You can see my photos of a pretty New England town, some cute goats and various Pleiadeans in my slideshow of the weekend.
Yesterday I took the train down to Washington, DC. Sitting across the table in the dining car was a smartly dressed man with a Stars and Stripes lapel button, tapping away on his iPad. He must have overheard me talking on the phone and noted my English accent. Shortly before we pulled into Union Station, he asked me how American politics are perceived by the rest of the world. This is not the place to repeat my reply, but suffice to say that we went on to have a fascinating conversation about the state of the world in general, and democracy in particular. It transpired that I had been talking with the man that succeeded Vice President Joe Biden as Senator for Delaware, Chris Coons.
I was quite impressed by him. It was refreshing to meet a politician with intelligence, integrity and humor. He might even have restored my faith in the political system. Just a little.
This morning I had a meeting at the offices of UNEP (the United Nations Environment Programme) to figure out the job description of a Climate Hero. We are still defining it, but hopefully it will involve a lot of speaking in front of people with the power to make a difference at policy level.
Although, come to think of it, I can do that on the Amtrak Acela Express. Who needs conferences? Maybe I’ll just keep changing the world, one train passenger at a time….
Huge thanks to Christine of the Rice Mansion Inn, Cambridge, NY, and to Sue of Spoonful Catering for a wonderful weekend of warm hospitality and delicious local food. And to all my fellow Pleiadeans for the mental refreshment and the supportive embrace of sisterhood. I’m Pleiadean and I’m proud.