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
Originally posted on Simple, No Waste Life:
As this is the last day of the year, I think it is appropriate to do a little bit of reflection on the year 2016 regarding our Zero Waste efforts. When we started we did not think that we would go hard core on Zero Waste, we just decided to do a ‘little bit’. But then we started… Continue reading The end of the first year of Zero Waste Living
I love a list. Faithful readers will know this. They will also know that I rarely complete them. It doesn’t stop me making more lists. I dream my dreams. I imagine I can accomplish all. I make my lists with exuberant optimism. I might dig out a new notebook. Or wax on lyrically about all I will do. Mr. Fairweather rolls his eyes. I can … Continue reading Ever Hopeful