You may have noticed some changes on this blog lately, changes that reflect things that have been happening in my life over the last month. I am now single, Dan and I having gone our separate ways. I will leave it at that as this blog is about sustainable living, not a sounding board for my personal problems! Practically though there is a lot to think about in terms of keeping the farm going. I have to reevaluate all the activities that I do here. I will have to make decisions about what I carry on with and what things I shall have to draw a line under. I need to consider how much time and effort I can put into the farm while keeping a balance of time for my children, friends, fiddle and fun.
Spring is here and it's already time to start getting the beds in the polytunnel weeded and ready for seedlings. I have to admit feeling a bit daunted by starting into it, not knowing if I'd the energy to tackle it at the moment, but a Meitheal came to the rescue. A Meitheal (meh-hill) is an Irish term used for the practice of a group of neighbours to come together to help each other in tasks such as preparing the hay, or gathering the harvest. Each person would help their neighbour who would in turn reciprocate. Two girlfriends came over and the three of us worked for 2 hours weeding. It was great fun, we had a giggle and then shared lunch. A huge amount of work got done that would have taken me a lot longer by myself and it wouldn't have been half as much fun either! It's a great way to get work done when you're 'on your own'. I'll be helping them out in their own gardens in return.
The tunnel looks barren and forlorn at the moment, it's hard to believe in just a few weeks it will be in all it's glory again like in this picture taken last summer ...
This is the time of year to get started if you want to try growing your own for the first time. You'll find lots of information throughout this blog, but it's all collected into one handy ebooklet called Grow Your Own, available from the paypal store at the top right hand corner of this webpage.