A couple of weeks ago Poe and I made a big journey down the south coast to Bega to visit Autumn Farm, the home of some dear, dear old friends; Olive, Oscar, Annie and Genevieve. We spent a precious few days catching up, marvelling at their wonderfully small handcrafted straw bale home, their perfectly proportioned 7 acres, clucking over their chickens, drinking lots of tea, reading lots of books, drilling their brains for building knowledge and doing all we could to love and support them during a particularly crappy part of their lives.
You see our lovely Annie was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, she has since had a mastectomy and embarked on her chemo journey, of which we were there to witness round 2. As we entered this special space created by this amazing family that are currently going through al of this I couldn't help but step back and marvel at how well they were all functioning. There is a strength, love and focus that surrounds them. They bolster and fight against the chemo (and the cancer) in the most purest of ways, with love and a whole lot of really wonderful and strong food as medicine, think bone broths (galore), fermented foods, yoghurt, bucket loads of greens and an overwhelmingly positive 'let's kick cancer's butt' attitude. It is nothing short of inspiring.
I have no doubt that the reality of the situation creeps in and everything does go pear shape at certain moments but I can see that this family is also supported by a beautiful and giving community. A community that is strong and is just waiting at the sidelines whenever they are needed.
Unfortunately for us the time between embraces with these four had been far too far apart, but once we were there it was like no time had passed at all (yes, as it happens to those who are indeed so true and dear in our hearts). Poe, Olive and Oscar had a ridiculous amount of fun together, adventuring, laughing, standing, watching, night time giggling, wonderfully imaginative journeys and the simple joy of just being together. Poe at one point said to me "I am having so much fun, I feel like I am dreaming". I know how he felt.
It was a quick trip squeezed in amongst lots of other things but I feel so lucky that we were able to come and visit, to reconnect, to be there for them when they needed us most. We will be back and we can't wait.
This post is absurdly photo heavy, yes I know I have said that in the past but this is seriously big. However I feel it shares our trip with you all in such a perfect way, a real tour of a very special place and a very special time. I hope you enjoy being inspired by the magnificent Autumn Farm and the four outstanding humans who call it home.