A Home, A Home, my Freedom for a Home!
Hi - homes have been on my mind a lot lately. Especially the one I spent decades of my life developing and expanding, decorating and landscaping.
Presently, I live a charmed life moving around the beautiful south west of England and stunning Wales in my little Hwyl (Toyota HiAce van). I stay in other people’s very comfortable homes taking care of their four-pawed buddies while they vacation.
I get to wake up to different views every few days. I get to walk different country lanes and love different furry friends as well. Often I get to go back to old friends too.
Soon I will be flying back to South Africa to spend a couple of months in the home of a friend. I’ll be taking care of her doggo and keeping her mother (98yo) company while she works in London.
Another friend has retired recently and moved back to his home in KwaZulu Natal on the East Coast of South Africa. He has spent the last four months doing maintenance on his house! Before he can start enjoying his retirement.
I miss having my home to live in, and create in, and grow in, and entertain in. It occurs to me that I may find staying in one place rather difficult after the life I have been living. What’s more, homes come with maintenance issues and taxes.
In the UK, owning a home is almost unattainable for most young people. Then when they do get a home, it takes almost all they earn to keep up the maintenance and pay the bills. It is a constant battle against mould and cold on this small island.
Yet it seems that that is what life is all about. Grow up in a home and long to leave it to make one’s own home. Then spend the remainder of your life working together with a partner to pay for that home - unless you have generational wealth that is.
More and more people are taking to vanlife due to the shortage of housing in the UK and the subsequent high cost of the housing that is available. But that’s nothing compared to the millions of people back in Africa without homes. The millions more who have a home made of cardboard and metal sheeting.
When I become Miss Universe and get to change the world - I think it would be for every family on earth to have a home. (I suppose “Whorled Peas” will have to come first so that said homes won’t get bombed) How sad that this basic human need requires miraculous intervention. Or does it?
Yesterday, I began reading an extract from Val’s book, How to Escape Inflation. Hope started to shine through. Yes, there is a way to escape the system. Yes, there is a way for every one to take back the wealth of the world and spread it around. Yes, maybe one day this century each person will be able to have a home.
Val’s book is on Amazon.com/dp/B0CM67619K where she describes a worldwide revolution that is happening. If you need to see hope in this befuddled financial world take a look and see the light, clearly depicted in her book.
Live well and find the happy,
Merryl @ GreenSmoothie.com
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