I suppose it's natural for us homo sapiens to see the end of the calendar year as a time for reflection on what was and what is to come. 2011 was an interesting year as J. and I started our journey toward building this little mini-farm in the city and long-term planning for our move to our larger farm. That seems a long way off, since we probably won't make it there permanently until retirement. But, you know, time seems to speed past me even faster as I get older. We have been blessed in 2011, though, in that we haven't been impacted by job loss, or serious health issues, or anything major. And, yes, I am knockin on wood that it stays that way. It is definitely not something that I take for granted.
If anything, 2011 has been one long learning experience. And perhaps the most important lesson I learned is what I don't know. There is definitely so much more. But we did make great strides this year:
- Built a beautiful chicken coop
- Raised 9 chicks from the time they were 2 days old and they're happily supplying us with eggs and entertainment on a daily basis
- Cleaned out the fence lines and re-fenced the entire back lot\farm
- Planted an organic raised bed garden full of several varieties of tomatoes, jalapenos, pumpkins and watermelons
- Started a small orchard of dwarf apple trees and planted blackberries and strawberries
- I attended an 8-week long canning\preserving class and, not only did I put away some tasty salsa, but I also roasted my own pumpkins and used them to make pumpkin bread.
|Here's our coop and two of our raised beds - new in 2011!|
Wishing all of you a good night and nothing but happiness in 2012,