Happy new year everyone!
This is the time when many people are at it again…. making new year’s resolutions. I’d like to simply call them new goals. Or could be, new stuff to do to list in my new memo calendar, which I got for Christmas. I used to be a big fan of such, but now, I seem to have forgotten how to make the most of it.
It seems odd and unadvisable to anyone else…but I started this year with worry. How cruel is that? As I have mentioned in my past entries, we have purchased a farmlet in Bendigo region (about two hours north of Melbourne CBD) late last year. Fortunately, we didn’t have to move in right away, as the previous owners were willing to rent the place, while we saved up more for the big move up there. We lost most of our savings to the down payment of the property, including all the term deposits (which I’m thankful that I had set aside earlier!). Around the new year, however, we received word that the previous owners were ready to move out by the third week of January…this January!
I…. panicked. Yes, I think I did.
Moving up there means quitting my job. With hubby still out of job, our savings aren’t enough to last us a year. Or half, unless we’re extremely lucky.
Plus there’s the scary (for the moment…otherwise, exciting) possibility of me getting preggy soon. Hubby and I had been excited to start our own little family… we’ve been building lots of dreams in that category since years ago. But at a time like this, the thought seems scary, as extra expenses inevitably come along with it. Ah… God will provide, we try to always say. But of course, we’ve got to do what we have to do too.
Finally, we’ve decided that hubby and I will postpone moving to the farm until mid or late February (still this year). Hopefully that will give us enough time for hubby to get his license as swim teacher, get a job and build up our savings.
If all goes well, this move should be very exciting. I look forward to starting our own little Eden, a lovely sustainable food forest. We’ll have chickens and goats, but we’ll need to get some dogs too, to guard the animals from predators from the wild. A Mareema sheepdog would be perfect…if only we can find one very soon.
Recently, I’ve been spending lots of time in Pinterest, looking for permaculture ideas. As I said, I want a garden that’s sustainable, low maintenance and full of food. I’d like a little corner with a system that will naturally feed our animals. I want a pond with fishes in them, and hopefully, a naturally self-cleaning one without the harmful chemicals.
I’d like a beautiful garden gate, made of recycled materials…an artistic piece to be admired….
I’d like fast growing trees, so we’ll have lots of shade as soon as possible, but I want trees that are not too tall and hopefully, resistant to wind, drought and frost.
I want it to be a dreamy and whimsical place too. I know I’d like a wishing well in it…
…painted stones like these…
Am I being silly or what? I know these would make my mum smile, but hey, I just love happy things. Why bother with a boring garden full of weeds (and snakes and spiders…yikes!) when you can have one that’s productive, not only with foods, but also with reasons to smile and enjoy life. :-)
When this dream garden comes true, I’ll bet my kids will think I’m a coold mum. LOL!