These past few months we have been preserving, landscaping, installing subsurface irrigation, watering, and relocating our salvaged wood.
I have been building relationships with nearby trees. Locating them, wishing them thanks as I harvest their fruit. In fact, I could easily not plant a single fruit tree on our property and simply harvest from public trees as there are quite a lot to choose from and for the moment enough to go around.
A mulberry tree in Yandoit, apple trees everywhere, plum trees in Hepburn, Newlyn and bush tracks, blackberries in nearby dams, currants in the community garden, quinces near our greengrocer, rose hip by the dirt track, elderflowers along the gullies, and medlars in friends gardens.
But of course, we will plant our orchard too as this will add to food security in the area.
I have been writing articles for a wonderful magazine, doing photo shoots for friends and…dancing. This Friday I will be performing in a lovely cabaret comedy with a really caring and bright group of women.
And the community garden bees in Daylesford have been giving me immense joy as they help me remain rooted and grounded and connected to the people who have given so much love to this small town.
This year too will be a year of slow steps and incremental building. We want to keep our mortgage low and our lives free from stress. This means that most of the remaining building work to be done will be done by Ralf and most of the planting work will be done by me. The guest rooms are getting closer to being finished. Ralf has re-lime washed all the walls and has installed the vanities. The concrete floor will get a bit of a polish, skirting boards will be installed. So maybe in a few more months, we will be ready to exchange a room with a view and shared meals for some help on the farm.
We miss not having animals and really look forward to welcoming them here. Chooks, and pigs and geese and lambs…