I stood at the kitchen sink and gazed out the window. Our backyard has been neglected recently. Autumn leaves have fallen and need to be raked. The recent windy weather hasn't been kind to our trees, and there are broken branches that need to be cleared away. The grass is wonderfully lush and green - but getting rather too tall... although I do love the carpet of yellow dandelions that have grown, and part of me doesn't want to 'mow them away'.
As I stood there, contemplating all the work that needed to be done, I suddenly realised that we had a 1/4 acre of land to tend to, but grew nothing that could be eaten! I do have a few potted herbs, but a meal for six hungry children can't be made from herbs and dandelions alone!
I've started to prepare a small piece of earth. I'm hoping it will eventually grow and expand into a big, beautiful, organic vegetable garden. I can't begin to express how excited I am! Of course I'm already dreaming of chickens and fresh eggs, fruit trees and worm farms! This winter will be a time of preparation and planning - i've never had a real garden before, so please, wish me luck!
So this [week] has been spent gardening, looking after sick children (now better), and crafting - trying to catch up on all my orders.
This [weekend] will be spent gardening, crafting, and visiting the niche markets . Can't wait to meet some wonderful local makers and designers, and i'm sure i'll find some treasures to bring home too.
"From small things, big things grow". I hope so.