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When We Get Back…

Posted: August 28th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Los Angeles | 5 Comments »

After going through seven helpx hosts and four countries, Devon and I have been compiling a list of things we want to have in our lives when we get back to the states. Some of these are long term ideas, and some can happen immediately. Below is the list, which is constantly being added to:

1. Ducks – they’re much more rad than chickens and their eggs are just as delicious, and larger.

2. Hammock – we’ve read many a book and have been swung asleep in the hammocks in Umbria. Apparently the best are from Guatemala.

3. Large patio/deck – we want an outdoor living area with sofas, chairs and tables. Meals are wonderful on them and it creates an atmosphere that we both really enjoy.

4. Herb and salad garden – there’s nothing better than sprucing up cooking with fresh herbs and making salad with lettuce picked that afternoon.

5. Dog – we both grew up with dogs and we really miss having them around. Most hosts have had them and it’s reminded us how much we love living with dogs.

This was our favorite dog on the whole trip, Carina. She was our companian on most hikes in Umbria.

6. Roses – I tended roses in Normandy. I found working with them to be relaxing, and the reward large – they’re just so gorgeous.

7. Cast iron wok – I’ve done a lot of cooking on the trip and the wok has been a staple with most meals. I even fry pasta in it.

8. System for reclaiming water – our hosts in Devon County reclaimed a lot of their rain water to feed their animals. It was inspiring and very doable.

9. Meet more people – we’ve met more wonderful strangers than we ever anticipated. It’s easy to stick with people you know and not reach out, but when we get back, we’d like to change that.

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5 Comments on “When We Get Back…”

  1. 1 Kris Barker said at 8:01 am on August 28th, 2010:

    Sounds like you need to move to the Northwest.

  2. 2 Jeanne said at 8:30 pm on August 28th, 2010:

    What a wonderful list. Great priorities. Cast iron wok. I guess it’s too late to add it to the wedding registry.

  3. 3 Jenny said at 6:36 am on August 29th, 2010:

    I have nearly the same list of priorities, but here in Colorado, catching rain water is illegal. That’s because we’re in a high desert and every bit of rain water is needed. I’d like to have a hydropontic salad garden at waist level as well as other house plants.

    An outdoor living/eating area is a must. Currently we live in a crowded apt. complex with smokers walking by our living room window!

    PS. Happy Belated Birthday Devon

  4. 4 Adrienne said at 10:23 am on August 29th, 2010:

    We’ve missed you guys & enjoyed reading your blog posts. Look forward to your return to LA.

  5. 5 Shawna said at 1:12 pm on September 11th, 2010:

    I second the opinion that you should move to the Northwest. The Northwest misses you both!

    Those are all really good ideas! I totally would have gotten ducks instead of chickens (you’re right, they’re waaay cooler)- but had no idea the eggs were good to eat.

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