One of the most unexpected pleasures of having a farm blog is that the blog has become a bridge between the nebulous internet and real life. And people, lovely people, have walked across that bridge from the blogosphere to the farm. And then become friends. Not facebook ‘friends’ but real life ‘call me if you need to chat’ friends.
Yesterday Miss A and Kristy came for another visit. They (and the two male members of their family team) have an enormously popular food and travel blog yet when we get to sit around the table and eat or wander the pastures of the farm with our cameras we are just two ordinary women, a couple of dogs and a beautiful girl.
This is magic to me. That blogging really does empower us to make real life friendships, should we choose to of course. And jumping that ford of the Interwebs and landing into real life is an important one to me. I personally do not believe that this high tech age that the Internet allows will be around in this format forever. Our reliance on the internet for our information, communication, and company is a listing building. I think that one way or the other it will topple under its own spiders- web construction. I know they say a spiders web is incredibly strong, but I can put my hand through one and pull it all down in a second. When one depends totally on one code for everything – when that code breaks – our lives will break.
This is why I think it is important to look past the internet and develop old fashioned codes and resources built on trust and care. Like: home made meals using gathered ingredients, shopping in real stores, books, digging in the ground with a spade, cars that drive forward and backward and have a radio, milking a cow in a barn, maps, gardening, washing dishes by hand, friendships, calendars, photos in albums, growing your own food and friendship – the old fashioned weekend visit down to the farm to drink a glass of wine with a friend to talk and cook, and read together and take a break from the city. I bet you have even more to add to that list.
I think the old adage about having all your eggs in one basket applies here.
I will use the internet as fully as anyone. I love that I can keep in touch with my family all over the world for FREE. My phone is an incredible resource. Mr Google enables The Old Codger to ask a question of his tablet using only his voice. But I think we should be careful not to depend on it. Keep some paper maps in your old tin filing cabinet with drawers – just in case. Print your photos. Have coffee with a friend who is not a phone.
Now, how I went from talking about a friend visiting to relying on the internet – I have no idea. My mind wanders in the dark hours of the morning I guess. I worry at things.
The Hereford pigs, Molly and Tahiti have bounced back and are noisy and almost totally recovered from their bout with illness. They are still on warm cooked oats and a little milk and eggs but I am hoping that today they can go back on their normal rations. That was a fright.
Then Miss A is going to show us to how to carve a Halloween pumpkin.
I hope you have a lovely day.