Well this house is failing at doing our blogs regularly, so I can now offer a brief update. I’ve been out in the garden (allotment) tonight so I feel quite in touch. Over the previous months we’ve had major failures (carrots almost totally failed for 2 crops, but now have a third set seeming quite strong) and some major successes (peas are now producing beautiful crops!). The greenhouse re-site has worked well and is a tropical jungle of tomato plants and peppers (2 cherry tomatoes).
The chickens are all still alive (!) and we’ve had a fairly regular 3 or 4 eggs a day. They are so lovely, and so social – although I’m a bit worried that they are so friendly when I do see them cos they’re a bit socially deprived. Usual kids thing of slightly losing interest in pets after a while….
We now have cows in the field to the right, and sheep/lambs to the left. Horses still in front of the house.
The house and garden sound idyllic and in many ways they are, but we do suffer on other wavelengths – like no easy walking routes for prams / toddlers etc so ultimatly house/garden bound or car-dependant, no pubs easily visitable so limited adult time out, no close friends/neighbours so again no adult time out but also limited visitors and no-people-dropping-in. I’m sure others in smallholdings might also feel these kind of things – especially where people have moved to it. But then a lot of people who have done that seem to be older and child-less so it’s a different experience/set of issues.
I remain positive, connected, learning and at home. Just want to solve some other non-garden connection areas in our life.
We did have a very good party (nigey-fest) a few weeks ago and it seemed to work quite well. Good bonfire, bbq, lots of drink and cocktails, decks/music/guitar in the garden til late/dark and all ages seemed to enjoy it. I just need to sort out a way of actually enjoying my own parties rather than running around hectic trying to make everything work!!
Will get some pics soon!