Friday, 8 February 2013

Where the heck is Murra Mumma?

I'm in the Yass Valley! I'm still here!

Wow nearly five months since I have last posted.

This, I guess, has been for a couple of reasons. I have been toying with the idea of closing down my blog as I just haven't had the time. We have had a lot going on over the last couple of months. I completed my Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC), I started back at uni, my boys started preschool, Christmas/New Year and the whole silly season shebang, we renovated an old caravan, went on holidays, my youngest girl started kindy, school and preschool have resumed and now we are back to almost starting uni again.

But here I am...blogging again.

I have decided to continue, perhaps on a whim, based purely on the fact that I need to make time to do things for me - just me, and not the rest of the family - to hopefully preserve what small piece of sanity I still have. The occasional blog, along with a renewed vigour in Yoga, will hopefully do this. Well, one can hope.

So what have I been up to?

Since completing the PDC I have been doing a lot of Garden/House/Block/Life in General "soul" searching. The PDC made me think differently about the way things are 'supposed to be' in order for this place to work in a sustainable way in conjunction with nature and not against it, and the way in which we have done things completely not in line with these ideas! We have toyed with the idea of more land, to be as self sufficient as possible, to have a house that is orientated correctly, to be able to produce our own meat and grains, to be able to start from scratch again to do things 'correctly'. But realistically this is just not going to happen. Its not going to happen as it would be financially stupid for us to go into more debt, we can't actually manage the two acres we have and still have a 'life', and most importantly I am happy and content here regardless how stuffed up it is. There is a positive, calming vibe here, we are producing a yield and we are turning a once over grazed sheep station into a more productive and healthier piece of land. That can't be 'bad' can it?

So, with that established, we are going to attempt to retrofit our already established block along permaculture lines to improve the long term viability of this place. Will we be successful? I don't know. Can you really retrofit permaculture principles? Probably not really but we are going to give it a go anyway. Better late than never, right?

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