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  • Mrs Chakotay 12:11 pm on October 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , pioneer, prairie, rural, ,   

    A New Chapter 

    Star date: 68812.441019787

    We moved into a new home at the weekend, to fairer pastures hopefully. The house needs work, and there’s unexpected issues with the electricity but it’s a lovely big space and I’m really looking forward to getting settled here.
    As you can see, we only have a small garden – nothing like the rolling expanse of New Earth in the Delta Quadrant (a girl can dream, can’t she?!) – so any ‘homesteading’ will have to be on a modest scale but I’m hoping to be able to get a little vegetable growing in there.

    It’s a lot more rural than it looks – apart from the few houses around us, we’re about ten miles away from anything. So i still feel a little bit like a pioneer/ prairie girl which is kind of what I was looking for. An isolated farm would have been nicer but this is better than we could have hoped for in reality so I am more than happy.

    And I’m really excited to have a kitchen that I can happily and comfortably cook in now – I can’t wait to get baking! I’m still waiting for my books which have been in storage all the time we were renting. But I’m a dab hand at improvising now – a little of this, a little of that!

    Kes is out in the kitchen right now whipping up some scrambled eggs for the troops while I write my log, and the boys are tending the fire (a real, open log fire, so Chakotay is loving it!)

    Finally, I may have mentioned the intermittent time-space portal which allows us to communicate with Earth on occasion? Last week we had a surprise visit from my mother who is now too elderly to look after herself, so it looks like that may be a permanent visit. 

    We’ve put ‘Nanna’ in what would have been the baby’s room. It feels like the final twist of the knife, but I will just have to put on my Captain’s hat and suck it up. She is family, after all.

    LLAP

    Kathryn x

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  • Mrs Chakotay 5:02 pm on December 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: community, , Frontier, , pioneer, Shyamalan, , The Village, ,   

    The Village 

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    This evening’s entertainment was M. Night Shyamalan’s film ‘The Village’. The setting and themes in this film really couldn’t be any further away from science fiction in most respects, but it is high up on my list of all-time favourite films.

    Why would this geeky girl, so addicted to twitter, facebook, and all things hi-tech enjoy the idea of the pioneer homestead life? It’s a paradox, I know, but there it is. I was raised on a twin diet of Star Trek and the Waltons.

    But it’s not just me. Star Trek, in all its forms is replete with references to simpler times: real cooking, horse riding, paper books, classical civilisation and literature to name but a few.

    There are also repeated instances of pioneering colonies setting out for distance planets – Terra Nova in Star Trek Enterprise, and the fledgling colony on Melona IV in TNG which the Crystalline Entity destroyed, for example.

    It is as though, when we look either backwards or forwards we see glimpses of the utopia we’re looking for, a place and time with less crime, less misery, less complication. It’s just that nasty modern bit in between that’s not quite right.

    Of course, the Village in Covington Woods is not all as it seems, but do they find their place of innocence in the end? I love the idea of intentional community where everybody lives in harmony. But there is usually a cost.

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    Skipping forward to DS9’s season 2 episode, Paradise, Cassandra who has engineered the community, brings her authoritarian leadership with her, not even mentioning that it is a community based on a lie. Paradise is a sham.

    But is it necessarily always the case? We hope not. We hope that there is a Utopia out there for us somewhere, some when. We keep looking and trying, planning and scheming, digging and dreaming.

    LLAP

     
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