A small home with a real large space (yard space) to grow my own food – this is what I’m dreaming of right now. In the meantime, we’re doing what we can with the space/soil in the yard we have. Trying to grow in the Goan monsoons (July, Aug, Sept, Oct) was a steep learning curve. The rocky soil, the soil erosion, the pests (the joy and comedy of living right next to the paddy fields and ponds!), the stormy winds, and the time we got in bits and pieces with a baby – all put together – it almost eroded our enthusiasm and energy. Until this past month.
We’re back in the yard – with a new vigour, commitment and strategy – all thanks to a beautiful harvest of organically grown turmeric. The delicious turmeric+coconut+molasses drink that I made with it, cemented my resolve (to grow) deeper.
So, now I have sown a wide array of seeds – amaranth, red radish, green and yellow capsicum, fenugreek, coriander, onion (bulb), green chili, some gourds.
I hope the New year will bring renewed colours in our yard. Wish us luck. But, more than that – wish us what it takes to stay committed on this path no matter how much or how little food we get on our plates – from our garden of hope.
Happy New Beginnings and Continuums to you and your family!
Talking about small homes, I came across this TedEx talk in which Andrew Morrison discusses the impact of big homes on one’s wallet, peace of mind and relationships, and how tiny homes allow one to “live within the scale of one’s humanity.”
Well, though I don’t think I can manage in a TINY home with two children, I do feel like I can do without a big home (that we have right now) with two children. That would save Avie and me (both of us are cleanliness and aesthetics freaks) the time and energy and heart to get our hands ‘dirtier’ in the yard.
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Dear blog readers – It’s been exactly eight years now that I’ve been writing on this blog! Yes, eight long years and hundreds of articles. From art, creativity and learning; to food, health, gardening, travel, sustainable and mindful living, natural birth. In our un-schooling life, as we go on introspecting, questioning and evolving, I’ve strived to share our stories and experiences with as much honesty, care and sincerity as possible.
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