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Sep 23

Birkenstocks and Cardigans

Posted on Sunday, September 23, 2007 in Jobs, Something to think about

So you know the way I keep prattling on about Karma?  For every action there is an equal but opposite reaction.  I’m just back from a brief holiday in Wales (I love Wales… it’s so clean with gorgeous little clusters of village dotted around haphazardly, not to mention the fact that their language is still alive and well – it would put an Irish person to shame!).

What was I doing in Wales?  Well, remember I spent a few hours cleaning the beach at Brittas Bay earlier this year?  Well, a group called Keep Wales Tidy, partnered with An Taisce suddenly decided that I was a bonifide volunteer for the greater good, and paid for me to travel to their turf to hear what they had to say about environmental issues!  It wasn’t just me either… about 20 of us were shipped over from all sorts of associations and causes for this wonderful hippie convention, with nothing to pay for except our dinners. 

Appropriately enough, our group of birkenstock wearing nature enthusiasts ended up in a place called Cardigan in North Wales, not in a hostel as I’d imagined, but in a well plush hotel which sat majestically on a cliff overlooking this amazing bay.  Double bed all to meself, for free.  Access to pools and saunas, for free.  Chill out nature walks, all for free!!  In fact, the experience was so lovely, I’m thinking now that I owe a little overflow karma in return.

I’m not going to bore you with all the information that was crammed into my brain about pollution and the fight for progress, you’re either an eco-freak or you’re not.  While some of the facts would make your knickers twist in knots, there’s still the underlying dissapointing feeling that it’s increadibly difficult to make a dent in all this destruction and wastefulness.  That feeling, however, tends to melt away when you’re with people like this.  As I gazed over the sea of heads on the bus, I realised that these people were all fighting against the odds with absolutely no politics involved.  They break their backs and empty their pockets so that the rest of us can have a bit of pride in our world, and ask nothing in return but respect.

Respect is what they shall have.

I might even start picking up my dog’s humongous turds on our rambles from now on, something that before this trip I would not be caught dead doing.  Maybe that’s the karma overflow!


Bring on the comments

  1. Grannymar says:

    Welcome home.

    Nice pic for your dad on Grandparents day!

  2. Granny says:

    They could have thrown in a bit of dinner FOR FREE????

  3. Grandad says:

    Can I have the dog turds for golf practice?

  4. Love the picture. Especially the one eye peeking out. Which did you spend more time on? The post or the picture.
    I’m saying picture.

  5. K8 says:

    I’m saving the dog turds so that I may put them in paper bags and set them alight on mean people’s doorsteps.

    Sixty, how well you have me sussed :) Am thinking of incorporating this new hairdo into my daily routine. It’s unbelievably warm on draughty days…

    Grannymar, I LOVED that drawing on dad’s site that he robbed from you!! It was frighteningly accurate…

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  7. Baino says:

    And you say you’d like to do more for ’causes’ Crikey . . full time work, two little kids, sick significant other and the environment! Hope you had a facial!

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