Tuesday, 11 September 2007

All Packed Up

If Unschooling has taught me anything, its that there are thousands of uses for Food Dye (not including in food, which is not a legitimate use)

Use for food dye # 3,781:
Face Paint.

Today has been a big day.

We packed up our whole house to go to the rainbow gatheirng. Still not 100% done, but we still need to sleep the night here.

Everything needs to be really properly packed up, coz while we're away the new owner of the property wants to have some tradesmen come in and do some work on the place. That should be nice. But it meant we had to pack very thoroughly.

Its been an enormous mission, I started yesterday with a nasty leech bite on my toe, and I get a horrible allergic reaction to them. It kept me up all night, itching and burning like crazy; my toe is all swollen, feels like someone is holding a match under it. In the middle of the night I thought I was going insane with it, so I got up and put ice on it.

Only we dont have ice; no ice cube trays. We have got popsicles, so I took a popsicle from the freezer and sat with that between my toes for a while at 4am. That helped a bit, but sill, I didn't sleep much.

So I was SUPER tired this morning. Foolishly, I decided to drink a coffee (something I almost never do, but I really needed to wake up and otherwise I would have been useless till at least midday). Only then I was buzzing on coffee.

And the leech bite was itching and burning me sooooo bad I was on the verge of freaking out. So I caved and took an antihistamine. Only that made me really drowsy and dopey. I found myself feeling sleepy and dizzy, but still needing to pack, so I took a guarana (herbal stimulant) capsule.
I still felt dopey, but buzzing. It was like being drunk all day. Somehow, through the haze, I managed to help get just about everything packed and organised and clean.

It all just reminds me of birthing in a hosptal; one intervention leads to another and it all snowballs... But I've learned my lesson. Anyway, we packed, without too much shouting. So we'll be away at the rainbow gathering for 5 or 6 weeks. I might not post too much in that time, but I'll try :)

Hope to see you all there!


  1. you could try apis or ledum for the leech bite. What is the rainbow gathering?

  2. Thanks... I have both apis and ledum, but i haven't found them to helpful. I dont really mind leeches, but I lately started to get this bad reaction to them. :(

    Rainbow Gathering is hard to define. Its kind of a neo-hippie festival, but without any commercialism, leaders, organisers, workers, electricity, performers. its very communal and co-operative.
    wikipedia says this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow_Gathering

    though most of it is relevant to US gatherings (and I'm going to one in Australia). The article doesnt really capture the spirit of it, but maybe you get the idea. google can help if you're still interested, but rainbow is pretty much how I live my life.

  3. Fascinating. I hope you are able to update.

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  5. The rainbow gathering sounds very fun & unusual! Hope you have a great time! :)

  6. Vas is das Rainbow gathering ting...?

    I am liking to know.


  7. First its caffeine and antihistamines...
    What next, crystal meth and qualudes?

    A concerned citizen


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