Well, its all been a little hectic in 2009 not least because we built our own house which was all consuming over a period of about 9 months.
Now as we approach year end it’s tempting to continually look back but we need to look to the future and start planning for 2010 and beyond!
Of course it’s traditional at this time of the year to conjur up a New Years resolutions but in our household we approach the coming of a new year slightly differently. It really is the best time to start planning for the coming year. Of course even the best laid plans can go arwy but even with the most basic of blueprints gives you a fighting chance of making something happen.
Our main objective for the coming year is to plan each space/area we have on the plot so we can create options to supplement our income, whilst at the same time growing as much home grown produce as possible for the family.
We usually retire to a comfortable chair and brain storm everything into a list, which is nearly always unrealistic but at least it’s a start. Then we try to prioritise the list based on need rather than wants.
So here is the condensed version of what we have planned for 2010 in no particular order.
- Develop the Polytunnel and surrounding areas into a small specialised plant nursery. We have a second access point via the bottom of the plot so it’s a viable option for funding our plans for the rest of the garden.
- Build a Fruit Garden.
- Create a wildlife pond – Always had a pond and its the best way to attract the most amazing wildlife into your garden.
- Complete the patio area adjacent to the back of the house.
- Fence and Landscape the front drive.
- Build a garden store from all the left over timber from the build. (The suppliers provide WAY to much timber for the house)
- Extend the flower garden that despite being left to its own devices for most of the year still produced cut flowers right through the summer.
- Visit more public gardens for inspiration. (We joined the National Trust last year and have never used our membership since .. crazy really as we have free access).
- Attend some Craft Fairs and sell some home made items.
- Build some bird tables for the garden! ..can’t believe we don’t have one yet.
Of course it will all be recorded in the blog so you’ll be able to keep up to date on our progress.
I guess the single largest decision we’re about to make is to change the name of the house given it’s pretty much changed entirely from the original property and to be honest we’ve never been overly keen on Fieldview as a name.
After much deliberation we have decided on ‘Blackbirds’ which we think fits very well. In the end it was an easy decision as when the house was in the final stage of completion there always seemed to be a solitary male Blackbird sitting on the top of the chimney pot singing his heart out which resonated down the chimney and into the house. Now it seems the garden is full of them all fighting for the best looking females.
We’ve had so many rich experiences over the years the detail of which gets lost but this year we plan to record everything in a journal. All the events and happenings at Blackbirds will be included from designing and building the garden (what we plant, where we plant it, varieties, conditions etc… ) Our wildlife projects, progress in the kitchen garden, how the fruit garden evolves as well as any great recipes we discover along the way.
Clearly going to be a very busy time and we can’t wait to get started 🙂
Here’s to 2010 and a very Happy New year to everyone !
Tania & John