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I say I’m a Luddite because this is my first proper blog post; it’s taken me months to come to terms with the Publish button and how to attach photos (photos still not mastered!) so now I have a backlog of posts. Here goes.

I’ve just realised that my phobia of Tweets and Likes and Photo Stream also stretches to ordinary domestic appliances. Things like microwave ovens, televisions and even clothes dryers. Fortunately none of this is relevant on the yurt site as we’re off-grid and haven’t got the electricity to fire any of them up, even if I did want to use them. What it means though is that all cleaning at Adhurst is done manually.

I love this though! It means I never have to visit a gym – one less thing to have to do in modern life. Also, there are no extraneous noises to contend with while cleaning. I’m with dogs when it comes to hoovers – I just want to hide until it’s over (not easy if you’re the one pushing the hoover). And who can really cope with a laundry dryer screaming into spin cycle (which then adds insult to injury with a piercing series of beeps to tell you the cycle’s over). And now everything the machine has dried will need ironing as it’s dried the wrinkles of the spin into the cotton.

There is a solution! Get rid of the dryer and get rid of the iron. (An iron is one of the most energy-thirsty appliances there is.) I hang everything on a wonderful pulley-system clothes dryer which is hoisted up a very high ceiling. All the wrinkles drop out and by the time I’ve folded everything to walk it up to the yurts. Even better when the sun is shining and the linen goes out on the line in the garden where it smells of fresh grass.

The rugs in our yurts are small for a very good reason; it’s impossible to clean them if they are too heavy to lift. I expect this is why wall-to-wall carpet wasn’t invented until the electric hoover came to help; you can’t shake out a huge rug. Beating out rugs gets them cleaner than any hoover could achieve. I also use a light-weight mechanical hoover that uses centrifugal force and rollers. Yes, the Bissell factory still makes them! I don’t understand how a yurt can have wall to wall coir matting – it gets damp and fetid and it can’t be properly cleaned in my view. Much easier to shake a few rugs and sweep the wooden floors. Then there is the cleaning of the stoves; the ashes are great for aiding natural composting so they go down the long-drop privy. Also, the ashes are good for cutting grease on any pans. But never once has a yurt guest here left me a dirty pan so I’ve yet to prove that works.

I enjoy cleaning the yurts and clearing around the site. It’s peaceful. It’s a good feeling that the dust I sweep from the yurts is all going back to the land where it got tracked in from in the first place. Everything seems right with the world and everything has its place where it fits and belongs, from the ashes to the dust to the compost by the kitchen area. I’ll try not to get philosophical here. The tweets I hear are coming from the canopy of leaf above me – and not from my iPad. Somehow it all restores one’s faith in life on earth.