When we bought our house we knew we would have a lot of work to do. Inside it was mostly cosmetic work, but the outside was severely neglected. Sand, ants, brambles and thorns. The land is sloped in many places and has virtually no topsoil and tons and tons of river rocks. We aren’t too far from a river so I imagine thousands of years ago this area belonged to the river.
Since moving in I’ve lamented the state of our property many times. I want to live somewhere lush and green with beautiful gardens and fruit trees. The barren grass landscape does nothing for me. We have thought about throwing in the towel many times, but somehow we are still here. There is a large part of me that would be so proud and deeply satisfied if I were to help this small piece of land to reach its full potential. To help it bloom and grow and become wild and harmonious. It’s so sad and bare right now. I feel perhaps to become a steward of even this small piece of land would be contributing to our healing, our one love.
With that in mind, and with children slightly older and able to play for longer periods of time, I have started slowly clearing out the desperately overgrown flower beds that circle the house. I have pounds of wildflower seeds waiting to go in once Beltane comes. I have also stated sketching a permaculture plan for the whole property. It will take a decade, but I hope one day this land will be vibrant and alive and happy.
PS I made these delicious chocolate chip cookies. Grain free, vegan and sugar free. The children were shocked when I told them they could have as many as they wanted. Mamas are sneaky.