My name is Dina Ray. This summer I bought a small plot of land on a tiny island off the coast of Simmaine. I know what you're thinking, how did someone so young afford this? Well, I've been working part time since I was thirteen and I never spent any of it. As soon as I could I started shopping for the perfect place off the grid. It's been a hard, yet rewarding summer and I'm finally beginning to find my feet. Please check into my blog regularly to see what I've been up to.
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I've finally completed construction on my cabin and gotten it decorated. The solar panels just came and they were able to drill a well. I just realized that almost everything is green or blue. This is interesting. Every time I come here, the island seems more beautiful. I want to get to know the sea in all its moods and to be on speaking terms with every single tree. But first, I should go fishing and try to catch some dinner.
I caught a fish and gutted it, then I skewered it with a stick and roasted it on a fire I built on the beach. As I listened to the fish sizzle and the logs crackle I felt very optimistic about my future. Maybe, just maybe, I'll be able to undo what's been done. Maybe if I keep writing someone will be inspired to set off too.
So. Much. Fish.
I may have overestimated my ability to survive by myself away from society. Every morning I go to my fridge to see what's inside. Every morning it is empty. So I go fishing and eat more fish. I miss the grocery store. I miss variety...
But! Today I was foraging by the pier and I found an apple tree! The fruit was ripe and I picked some and it was glorious! So sweet and delicious. Then I went looking around some more and found a blueberry bush and some blackberry brambles! I also found some seeds in the forest. I'm starting up my garden now.
Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow?
I've got sprouts! And maybe a tiny baby tree! I've been fertilizing it with my fish heads and entrails and weeding very diligently. I'm worried about over-watering, but I think seedlings I'm hoping that I can get at least one harvest in before the frost. How am I going to survive the winter alone? I do enjoy my solitude, but it's been ages since I heard the voice of anyone other than me. Is anyone even reading this? What's the point?
I finally finished setting up my workbench. I made a couple metal toys I'm putting up in the shop. I'm saving up now for a term at Sim University.
I've also been sketching and painting a lot. I think I'm getting pretty good. I discovered that some of the workmen left a bag of spray paint and tape when they left. I've been making the pier my own, ha ha. I've also been doing some Yoga and swimming a bit. My shoulders have really started developing!
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