I can’t remember being so busy. After re-laying the 18-foot yurt floor (mentioned here) and putting it back up, we turned our attention to the other 18-foot yurt. We took it down, trimmed the floor and put it back up. Her Outdoors spent days scrubbing the canvas to clean and re-proof it. At the same time, I grabbed every spare moment to work on songs and melodies for a couple of solo piano gigs, she worked on re-covering a massive three-seater sofa, two-seater sofa and some more furniture. And there was the veggie patch and animals. Kids in there somewhere. I also flew (!) to the Isle of Wight for some ethical copywriting work and wrote a website for that excellent client that I’ll tell you more about in the future. Had a couple of band practices and a gig. Welcomed a bunch of guests. Did gardening work off site et very much cetera.

But, finally, it’s beginning to calm down.

Oh, among all that, readers from other continents may have noticed that people in Europe were given a rare chance to show their political leaders which direction they want the world to go – and inexplicably, a massive percentage voted for it to get a whole lot worse. Yes. Around 25% of those who voted (people who have apparently had access to education) chose parties with policies that encourage hate and intolerance. Many, many people couldn’t even be bothered to vote. At a time when the planet is under relentless attack from fossil-fuelled corporations running a ruinous, waste-based economy that threatens the survival of every species (even all those lovely little kittens shared on social media sites), Green parties actually lost seats.

How do you react to a situation like that?

Well, we’ve talked about it and have decided to do exactly what we love doing. Not for the benefit of anyone else, but selfishly because we want to make our corner of the world more and more beautiful. So we’ll be growing plants, looking after animals, and creating structures out of our own materials. We’ll be using all our talents to their utmost degree. And, selfishly, we will be sharing what we do with anyone who’s interested. The rest of the world may be content to go to hell, but there’ll always be a little bit of heaven right here.