We added chicken, compost heaps, womeries. We went horizontal and vertical and hanging space. We made ponds and wild life areas...we added more chickens and frogs.
We started cooking from scratch, learning to preserve, bake bread, make stocks, made jams, used home made cleaners, knitting socks, dish clothes and more.
2008, 2009 and 2010 were characterised by learning skills, huge demands on us all to keep up with the garden and animals.
|Pond beginning stages|
Then my back gave in...
Debilitating back pain characterised 2011....everything slowed down but the children and Superman picked up the slack for me. I directed, they did. Thank you my precious Ones.
2012 brought many added responsibilities to our home supporting other people in different ways, a desire to spend more time in fellowship with other Christian believers and in Bible study.
Our eldest started preparing for her final year of homeschooling and our sons tennis interests picked up and across the board the perspective started to change from one out there to in here.
Survival characterised 2012. Finding out what were truly our priorities. Letting things go that were not emergencies and just dealing with those things that had an eternal perspective.
|Converting veggie bed back to container garden|
Beginning 2013 we decided to reduce our growing space as two areas are in shade for most of winter and to relieve the pressure to keep them planted up.
We also met a homeless man who we were prompted to help by the Holy Spirit. He has become a blessing to us in many ways and God has truly restored his life, his family, his home and his occupation.
|Chickens on the way to their new home|
But as we ministered to him he made himself available to work everyday of April and May in our garden.
Ricardo has been our saving grace in the garden and is now full time employed but his son will take over his work here soon.
|The retirement village|
We also decided to send 5 of our chickens off to retirement at the farm we originally got them from. They were so sweet sitting looking out the window of the Landy on the way to their new home.
So this year has been a time of downscaling and priority assessment and while it is not so exciting in terms of listing all the things we have done and achieved it is a true reflection of where we are a family and I think it is important to be truthful with you readers.
So there you have it...another year has gone by!