Miranda’s Daily Blog: Day 81

I now I have a garden! Well, a sort-of garden. It’s a sprout garden. I was so excited to get a package sent up  and discover it was my very own “bio-snacky.” It’s a three-tiered sprouting tray. The idea is to stagger the laying of your spout seeds over several days, and that way you will have a fresh layer of sprouts each day ready to eat! What a great way to get fresh food up here. So, on the first day I put mung bean seeds in the top layer. The second day I put alfalfa seeds in. And tomorrow will be time for layer number three: fenugreek seeds. I might seem strange to live in a forest and want a garden, but It’s amazing how nice it feels to have something up here that I can tend to and watch grow, and then eat. I keep looking over at it to see if there has been any change in the little seeds. But so far they have not started sprouting yet. But I’ll keep my eye on them.

My garden adds an extra homely feeling to my tree sit. Which I think is important to have. It can get a bit hard to be up here sometimes. As you can imagine. It’s challenging to wake up in the same place everyday and know that I have no where to go all day, and then go back to sleep to do it all again the next day. Not that I don’t have lots of things to keep me busy, especially when my power is working efficiently. And when I have power and can stay busy I feel the happiest. It’s great to be on the computer working on my blog, making little videos, answering people’s emails, and doing other campaign-related activities. I guess because it gives me a sense of purpose and meaning to being up here. But in the times when the power is low, it can be a bit hard. I was having a night like that the other night. The previous day, after a long period of time editing a video blog, my computer ran out of power. To my dismay the next night I discovered that none of the work had been saved. Oh, well, I thought, I’ll just have to do it again! So I did, and then just as I was close to finishing, what happened? That’s right, ran out of power, again. Ah! I was so frustrated I felt like I just wanted to throw my solar panel, computer, everything off the edge of the sit! I didn’t of course. I just went to bed, feeling frustrated and a bit over it all. And then, in the middle of the night I woke to a high pitched sound, coming from the tree next to me. I opened my eyes and peered into the darkness. I waited quietly, listening. And then, there it was again. Suddenly I saw the shadowy silhouette of an owl open its wings and fly straight towards me! It landed on the branch just above me. After a brief visit, it spread it’s wings and was off into the night, It’s visit felt like a special gift. I lay awake, feeling a renewed sense of wonder at the amazing forest that I live in.I no longer felt any frustration, how can you really, when you live in an ancient ecosystem. Being here day in and day out can’t possibly be boring when everyday something new happens, like the visit of an owl to my tree for the first time.

It was such a dark night, no moon to be seen through the thick cover of clouds. All I could see of the owl was it’s dark and shadowy silhouette. So it was hard to tell what sort of owl it was. I did hear it’s call distinctly though, and it was one I haven’t heard out here before.  Mostly I hear the Boo-book owls in this forest. This one, however, had a more high pitch sound, which it repeated twice in each call. I have asked around, but haven’t been able to determine exactly what species it is yet. But I’ll let you know when I work it out. I’ll also let you know when my spouts begin to appear.

Now I am listening to the rain fall onto the tarp. Only moments ago the clouds had disappeared allowing the moon to shine through and light up my tree and the trees around me, casting their long shadows across the valley. The stars had a brief chance to twinkle down on me. And then they were gone, covered once more by thick clouds, with rain setting in. What a nice night for snuggling on down in my swag, cosy in my warm sleeping bag and drifting off to sleep to the sounds of the forest in the rain.

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Posted on March 4, 2012, in Daily Blog. Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Thank you, Miranda, that was very gratifying. I love owls, and often hear a boobook in the bush behind our house. It’s good to know you’re in such auspicious company.

    Regards,

    Rowan

  2. Garry Stannus

    Today in the north we woke up to crystal clear sky. The rain was gone and the air was just so clear. I wondered if it was the same at Mt Mueller. It was strange, because even though the warm cloudy air had gone, the sun, when it came out was quite strong.

    There are arguments raging about how we should view the proposal by the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre to use the IGA as a means of advancing the return of ownership of lands in Tasmania. Some fellow environmentalists have reacted quite strongly against the idea. They have their reasons, but to me, they seem to have prejudged the proposal.

    I think it was all breaking as you were having difficulties with computer battery power and stuff. Check it out at

    http://www.abc.net.au/rural/news/content/201203/s3443571.htm

    Best wishes

  3. Hello Miranda,

    Someone more of an expert on owls has provided the following insight into your owl…

    “that sounds very much like the “warm up” call of the Southern Boobook. We heard the same thing on an owling night and at first though it was a Barking Owl, “wook, wook”. But then gradually over a period of time it became more recognisable as the call of the boobook. One of the owl experts told us that it was the “warm up” call.
    Cheers, Duncan.”

  4. Hi Miranda
    Everyone who drops into the TWS stall at Salamanca is keen to take your details and are amazed at your courage. They come from all over the place and will spread the message.
    The sprout farm sounds good. What other growing things could you have there I wonder?
    I hope you identify your owl – that was a lovely story. I also like your Barbie cup post when it blew down from the sit.
    I truly hope that things are now gathering pace and you will have a good reason to touch the earth again. We are all still here on the ground making a difference by making the truth known – but your message has been so powerful Thank you again.
    Some of us are off to the Tarkine next weekend to do carbon accounting. People science is taking it’s place in the papers and reports of those that only study from afar. We have been able to provide really good raw data.
    Sleep well
    Cass

  5. Hi Miranda
    I can help out by providing another solar panel and regulator
    Fwd the delivery address ?
    Cheers and thank you
    Jim

  6. Simone Medina

    Hello Miranda, Im so Happy you have a garden it will be awesome tending to it. I can imagine it gets tough up there all alone , but we are home thinking of you all the time and missing you terribly. Wish we could send you a warm loving hug up the tree but we will have to settle with a cosmic hug. Stay strong the forest and trees love you and need you and we can share you for a bit longer. Love you heaps sister XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  7. martti kedrin

    Hi Miranda and hellos from icy Finland! Been following Your fantastic experiences up there, looking at the photos of the Magnificent Forest, wrote to the Prime-Minister of Austr. saying to her that she has the POWER to do something.. etc… Ha ha, the sprouts must be your good friends up there!! Funny and good detail!! All the best, Owls Bless You and from here, a slight but warm hug. Martti

  8. Margo van der Voort

    Hi Miranda. Been following you up there and talking about what you do with friends everywhere I go. You blogs move me to tears sometimes. I feel so passionate about saving the last remaining old growth forests myself. My focus is on East Gippsland, and trying to be an activist and raising my voice and pen as much as I can. Great idea to have your seeds send up your tree! Yes, sprouts, let them grow and eat fresh food. I luv mungbean sprouts and alfalva but you can sprout just about any grain or bean. I loved the Owl visit to your tree, a good omen for sure. I was not impressed with the Tassie premier coming back from Japan. I’m sure he signed more deals there selling Tassie’s forests and he did nothing to stop this ‘trade’. The agreement to stop logging signed last year in August has not been honoured. Shame shame, big shame! I will never trust politicians again on their promises.
    I respect what you do and you are so right to do it. Thank you so much Miranda, a woman who truly makes a difference. Hang in there, litterally. I am with you in Spirit! Much love, Margo

  9. Why doesn’t TAC approach the ENGOs and discuss a partnership MoU for the 572,000 ha? Surely Greenpeace can be approached to provide guidance on a model of Indigenous custodianship that respects HCV principles and biodiversity that could be a base for Tasmanian Forest Heritage MoU.

    But delinquent vandal FT needs to be wound up and not part of any future involving a Tasmania tree.

  10. William Boeder

    Hello Miranda, good to see that your spirit and fortitude is serving you so well.
    Twas very good of Jim Thopson to offer you a new facility to transmit your news to the World’s following, of your day to day challenges, storylines, and reports identifying the beauty of Tasmania’s Forested Wonderland.
    Tis proven beyond doubt that Forestry Tasmania is acting to the detriment to Tasmania and most all those whom dwell upon this despairing governmed Island State.

    How the joint behaviours of both the Labor and Liberal governments can remain so wholly biased and ignorant to the depredations wrought upon this State by Forestry Tasmania, has me wondering why the political processes being currently pursued are so intent in the continuing destruction upon our natural wonderland?
    Bye for now. William.

  11. William Boeder

    Hello Miranda, good to see that your spirit and fortitude is serving you so well.
    Twas very good of Jim Thopson to offer you a new facility to transmit your news to the World’s following, of your day to day challenges, storylines, and reports identifying the beauty of Tasmania’s Forested Wonderland.
    Tis proven beyond doubt that Forestry Tasmania is acting to the detriment to Tasmania and most all those whom dwell upon this despairingly governed Island State.

    How the joint behaviours of both the Labor and Liberal governments can remain so wholly biased and ignorant to the depredations wrought upon this State by Forestry Tasmania, has me wondering why the political processes being currently pursued are so intent in the continuing destruction upon our natural wonderland?
    Bye for now. William.

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