The second half of 2017 was filled with a range of activities that supported the development of our amazing little boy, took steps towards our future, worked towards the development of our new property and developed new connections. However there was a big low point which came out of the blue and left us in a state of shock for a few months, the death of my Nan.
But life has also provided many opportunities for us to grow and learn and enjoy each other.I have joined in at our local community garden which is organically run along permaculture principles. It has been great to meet like minded people as one of the concerns I had when we moved was the opportunity to meet people with similar values in quite a traditional small rural community. Kingsley and I go every Friday for coffee morning where he digs in the dirt and enjoys green smoothies and picks himself strawberries. Kingsley a a sociable little bunny and shares his hugs and kisses around adopting new nanna’s and poppa’s wherever he goes.
|Green smoothies …. mmmmmm.|
During the year we also planted out a row of trees that will form the base of our orchard windbreak. We are using all natives that we have grown from seed to keep costs down as purchasing the potting mix is cheaper than buying the plants.
My cousin and her kids helped out on planting day with the kids pushing the wheelbarrow, picking up pots and entertaining Kingsley in his makeshift playpen made up of possessions we haven’t unpacked and have stored at the farm.
|Makeshift playpen set up by the roller door so he could see out|
We have since been back and added more plants to this row and the reality is that we will be planting a lot more over the next 5 years just for shelter and shade for us and our animals.
Kingsley is a really busy kid, which is not surprising since he has a very busy mother who is pretty task orientated. He is happiest outdoors which is great most of the time but sometimes results in tears when he gets brought back indoors. We have also learned not to put any footwear on him until the last minute as he associates this with going outside and heaven help us if we are not ready to go yet.
We are getting to spend lots of time with my parents and they love having a grandchild who they see a few times a week. They have 5 acres so this also provides lots more opportunities to be out doors, visit the animals at their place and in the neighbourhood and to help Poppa do jobs.
Kingsley my not be getting another sibling but he has an incredible bond with Jessie our dog. Jessie was one of the first words he said and he starts asking for he as soon as he gets up each day. Lucky she is only 7 so should be around for a while yet.
We followed up our 3 days at the holiday house with my parents and one of my brothers and his family with 3 nights camping at a different beach. This was with my Aunt (mums identical twin), uncle and my cousin (who is like my sister) and her family. We all grew up very close and still see a lot of them so to Kingsley this is just another Nanna and Poppa. We did lots of bike riding, more fishing and playing in the sand.
We wrapped up the year quietly and then launched our selves into the new year (more about that another day).
We have also continued to make the most of the good weather with a trip to a local river for a dip when my brother, his wife and girls came to visit.