This summer in Japan has been extremely hot and with no rain for many weeks since the devastatingly heavy rains which made world headlines in early June. Since July, it’s been a constant battle to keep the garden productive and the trees alive as the soil has progressively become drier and drier. Even the two typhoons that passed by failed to deliver the much-needed amount of water that was needed to replenish the moisture in the soil.
Today is no different. It’s August 27th and the temperature outside is 37C. But in addition to the daily watering duties, this morning, more than usual, it was to be dominated by my interactions with nature.
- early morning battle with horseflies while milking the goat. They are particularly bad at this time of year and make life for the goats extremely tiring and uncomfortable.
- another early morning battle to eliminate hornets attacking one of our bee hives. recently, many of the large hornets at once have been attacking the hive and as they obviously communicate with those back at their oven hive, it’s a battle now to keep their numbers down – killing as many as possible by hand as soon as they arrive. While this has been successful so far, I decided to enlarge the protective areas at the entrance to the bee hive to give the bees a better chance of survival when I’m not around.
- while making this new protective entrance, one of my daughters came from the lakefront beach with a piece of discarded netting that had THREE snakes entangled in it. Unfortunately we could only save two of them but whole episode was a vivid example of the damage plastic waste is having on nature, particularly around our seas and oceans.
- finally, we felt compelled to do a beach cleanup before lunch. A typhoon last week left an appalling amount of rubbish along the beach, most of which was plastic. While we cleared most of it on the day following the typhoon, there is still more cleaning up to do until the beach is back to its regular and relatively clean state.
I think we all need to be more re-connected to nature and examine the consequences of the disconnect most people in the westernized world experience. Indeed, this disconnection is likely to widen further as modern conveniences become more and more engrained into people’s lives, and as more of the world’s population find themselves living in cities.
Today mother nature she kept me particularly busy and engaged – and although much of my mornings activity could reasonably be regarded as dealing with problems and trouble, I remain thank full for a lifestyle that gives me so much contact with nature, and for all the experiences, gifts and challenges she presents.