I am loving Twitter lately. When I first joined it, I was overwhelmed. How do you follow it when everything moves so quickly? How do you keep track of who is replying to whom? How do you ask questions to specific people? I gave up on it. Then gradually I came around to the idea of giving Twitter another chance. I stumbled across other smallholders. … Continue reading Six On Saturday 22-07-2017
Sheer exhaustion that comes with pregnancy has hit. It makes difficult to motivate myself to do anything. And the energy that I do have is usually used entertaining the Little Paddler, or some days, just for to keep her alive and fed. Washed might well be a step too far. And Mr. Fairweather has come home once or twice to find her still in her … Continue reading Little Signs of Encouragement
The weeds have been hopping. Mr. Fairweather has been strimming away around my beds and troughs to get me more access. Of course this means that the ducks now have access too. I planted out some peas. Two days later the have all been demolished. The broad bean leaves have been well sampled as has the lettuce plugs I put in to my straw bales … Continue reading Not A Happy Camper
Each year I tell myself that I will do better next year. I will be more organised and on top of my game. Each year I set out to fool myself. And each year I let myself believe it. This year, however, I am trying a new approach. Well… a “new to me” approach. It’s called “following the instructions“. You may have heard of it. Or … Continue reading Itchy Sowing Fingers
There are little signs that spring is really sprung and in fact, there may yet be a summer. Every so often we have had a glorious day and you can feel the heat building. Little Paddler and I have busy mornings getting ready and out the house to Mass before we do any jobs in town. She is teasing me with the notion that she … Continue reading Toddler Survival Tips 101
I bought a broccoli for the first time last week in ages. A strange triumph to some but it sure felt good to me that we had fresh broccoli and kale through the winter. But it got me thinking, if I could manage that much (by accident) during the winter, then what could I manage with a bit of planning during the summer? What would … Continue reading In Over My Head Again?
Today, we got out in the garden. It was great. Over the winter, Little Paddler and I have been stuck indoors. I have tuned out a good bit. I have to admit, I do a wonderful impression of an ostrich with its head stuck in the sand. But in the process, I found myself getting down. Feeling like a failure in the smallholding enterprise. Like … Continue reading Breaking The Cycle