It’s been a few months since I last posted a blog. I now find myself in a new place in my life, and there are new and exciting possibilities. I guess life kind of got away from me. One phase of my life drew to a close, and a new one opened up. We bought our first home! I still can’t believe it’s true even as I write it. It has been a hectic few months as we went through the process of buying it, and then packing up, moving, unpacking and settling into our new life. We have left the suburbs behind and are now living on a two acre block of land in the country, surrounded by fields. It gets properly dark at night, there are no more street lights to keep me awake. I can see the stars. No more damp rental properties with flooding issues and difficult landlords, no more trying to grow food in containers and pots. We are now living the dream and loving it.
A big thing about why this move feels so right for me is because most of my adult life I have been trying to capture a style of living that was almost impossible to achieve in a rental property in the suburbs. We now have the freedom to explore new ideas in ways we never could before. We are creating a large vegetable garden and so I will be able to explore things like permaculture, and organic gardening. I have always loved gardening and I am really excited by the idea of trying to become self-sufficient and grow as much of our own food as possible. I am also deriving much joy from having space to make a cottage garden such as I have always dreamed of.
We weren’t allowed pets in our last rental property, and this bothered us a lot. Caring for animals and pets is incredibly valuable to help teach children empathy and also how to value the animals we share the earth with. Finally, after nearly six years our kids have pets to care for. We own chickens again, and are reveling in the joy of fresh laid eggs every day, and the fun of getting to know our chooks personalities and quirks. We have two tiny baby chicks to watch grow. We have six sheep in total, four Gotland ewes and two bottle fed pet lambs donated to the kids by our lovely neighbours. We had two of the sheep shorn last week and we now have the fleece to prepare and use. Learning how to wrangle sheep has been both challenging and fun! I know not everyone can live on two acres like we are – and not everyone has time or space for gardening, but you can always do what you can. A herb garden in pots is a great way to start if you are pressed for space and time! Kids love getting involved, in fact our kids love it so much we had to buy kid sized garden forks and spades.
I have lots to share in future blogs, and I have lots of ideas on the go again so watch this space! I have been researching micro-plastics and I have an interesting blog in progress on that. I have a number of products to review that we have trialed as a family, from straws, to shaving products and deodorant. We are exploring solar electricity options. I have a success to share where I convinced a supermarket to stock a sustainable product, and I will be able to share our learning as we embrace organic gardening.
I have had time to adjust to our new life and now I am gearing up to get back to blogging again. I see new horizons and I can’t wait.