It’s been a full & productive time on the farm of late. We are slowly moving out of our busy season and into the slower Summer season. Many of the Winter staples have gone, such as European Spinach, English Spinach, Dill, Dandelion, Flat Leaf Parsley, Ginger, Tumeric, Sweet Potato and Celery. Others are on their last legs, like Coriander, Bok Choy and Silverbeet. Broccoli and Cauliflowers will be over shortly too!! It’s sad to see our winter veges go, but we are equally excited to see all the new fruits and veges growing away madly! I cannot wait to taste new season Pumpkin or Zucchini’s for example! Oh my God and Watermelon!! Crikey… Continue reading →
Well, you just might have been wondering if we had dropped off the face of the earth…it’s been more than 3 months since our last post!! It’s been so long that I had to check our blog just to see what I had written last time I posted. It’s interesting to see that I was talking a lot about the ways we were falling out of touch with the world – how this in many ways has been the whole point of our adventure. And then bang! We dropped right off the planet! Nothing like going deeply into a process! And I have to say, I can highly recommend it.
It has now been about 6 months since we chucked in our professional careers, and our comfortable beach-side lifestyle to move an hour inland and set up our lives on an operational organic farm, just outside a small rural village of barely 300 people. We officially arrived here on the 5th December last year. Continue Reading
Farming is such a wonderful adventure. Full of challenge, learning and beauty. Not everyone’s cup of tea, no doubt, but accessible for most people. Sure, it’s physical… but there is great physical reward in being physically fit and strong and being outdoors rather than stuck in an office. Continue Reading
Brrrrrinnnnnnggggg…The sound of the alarm at 4am. Dark outside. Dreaming about chickens, weed-mat and road base. Up and shower. Some morning stretches. Kettle on. Prepare our gear. Boots. Gloves. Water. Two thermos’s full of tea. Lunch. Camera. Raincoats. Harry’s Driza-Bone and leash. Quick snack (first breakfast). Pack the car and we’re off. It’s 5.15am. Passenger chooses some tunes for the trip. Continue Reading
This is Michelle writing tonight on behalf of us both and I am VERY excited to fill you in on the latest from the farm. Our little plot has just been cleared this afternoon! The good weather held out long enough to let Ronnie get the job done. It looks incredible and I was lucky to be there today and get some images of the site being finished. Continue Reading
One of the fascinating aspects of this journey has been people’s many and varied reactions to the changes we are planning to make. For the most part, people have been really excited and even inspired by our decision to chuck in our regular lives and move out to the farm. Some have been directly or indirectly jealous in their reaction to us, clearly wishing to change something in their own lives but not quite able to do it right now. We perceive this as a inverted excitement – as the person would be excited if only they were doing what you are doing. Others have chosen to respond in a cautious or even negative way to this change. Mostly this reaction has come from a place of concern and care from people who love us and want us to be safe and protected, and who fear we may be taken advantage of in this unusual situation. Continue Reading