Talking the talk vs walking the walk

This blog has been sadly neglected. I guess part of that is that I’m not really into talking to myself and part of that is that I haven’t been applying myself to the farm, so didn’t really have much to talk about. But it’s a new year. And new years always stir new beginnings in me, a pattern I am becoming more aware of as I get older.

I have some new subscribers, hello! Now that I know there are people out there interested, it makes sense to me to apply more of myself to this blog as a record of who I am and what I have to share, and the changes I make in myself and the world around me. I have been oscillating; between city and farm, work and self-employment, here and there, up-beat and down-trodden. I’d like a little stability and I’m placing this blog at the centre of that. Sure, it might be a big call, but I’m nothing if not extravagant!

My list of 100 things to do around this little farm in 2017 looks like this:

  1. Build more veg beds to complete vegie patch
  2. Plan and complete keyline ploughing
  3. Plan and build roof extension
  4. Plan and build filter bed for olive processing waste into compost
  5. Build 8 compost bays
  6. Plan and build chook tractors for paddocks
  7. Plan and build greenhouse
  8. Build deck at west end of house
  9. Plan and build chook house for domestic use
  10. Plan and build irrigation for olive trees
  11. Prune olive trees
  12. Finish Whole Farm Plan
  13. Install water tanks under deck
  14. Plant vegies
  15. Get breeding stock of chickens
  16. Document the farm projects as I go (at least monthly blog updates, with photos)
  17. Plan and build fire protection system (irrigation etc)
  18. Plan and build swale and dam system
  19. Plant tree corridor
  20. Mulch olive trees
  21. Plan and implement underplanting of olive trees
  22. Install taps at each corner of the house
  23. Plan and install irrigation for garden around house
  24. Plan and build herb garden
  25. Get organic certification
  26. Get biodynamic certification
  27. Plan and implement rotational cropping system for vegie patch
  28. Plant and install wall planters that I got for Christmas 2016
  29. Sell olive oil in storage
  30. Plan and build chook tractor for vegie patch
  31. Install library/spare bedroom layout in loft
  32. Plan and build internal fences
  33. Fix exterior fences
  34. Build new entrance gates
  35. Plant perimeter trees
  36. Plan and build hops trellis
  37. Plant berries
  38. Plant bananas
  39. Plant coffee
  40. Plant espalier fruit trees about the vegie patch
  41. Get breeding stock of cows
  42. Plan and build dairy
  43. Plant citrus grove
  44. Plant avocado trees
  45. Plant more pomegranates
  46. Plant chestnut grove
  47. Plant hazelnuts
  48. Plan and complete landscaping around house
  49. Plan and complete landscaping around processing shed
  50. Rearrange bedroom furniture
  51. Get two proper wardrobes
  52. Install shelves in study above the desk
  53. Buy and install shelves for cool and dry stores
  54. Plan and build strawberry forest
  55. Plant flowers/succulents under the solar array
  56. Replace wood heater
  57. Plan and implement rotational grazing system
  58. Plan and implement rotational cropping system for farm paddocks
  59. Plan and build grain sprouting system
  60. Buy seed planting equipment for paddocks
  61. Buy soil blockers (large and small)
  62. Plan and build tool shed under deck at the western end
  63. Buy electric mesh fencing
  64. Plan and build She Shed
  65. Plan and build 3 tiny houses
  66. Plan and build retaining wall behind processing shed
  67. Plan and build retaining wall near machinery shed
  68. Make path beside processing shed
  69. Plan and build stables
  70. Plan and build new graded road through property
  71. Install bath in bathroom
  72. Install shelves in laundry cupboard
  73. Install carpet in bedrooms
  74. Plan and build cool store into machinery shed retaining wall
  75. Empty shipping container and convert to dry store
  76. Get breeding stock of sheep
  77. Get riding horses
  78. Get draft horses
  79. Plan and build cafe/store at new gate
  80. Plan and build ice house
  81. Build and landscape natural swimming pool
  82. Landscape creek path, include small bridge
  83. Landscape big rock area
  84. Plan and build natural swimming pool
  85. Create sacred grotto
  86. Plan and build temple
  87. Seed truffles
  88. Seed mushrooms under pines
  89. Clean and organise machinery shed
  90. Buy and install shelves for machinery shed
  91. Plan and build labyrinth walk
  92. Install double-glazed windows
  93. Plan and build grape trellis
  94. Plant sugar beets and make sugar
  95. Buy horse drawn carriage
  96. Buy horse drawn wagon/cart
  97. Plan and build retreat/chapel building
  98. Plan and build glamping space at small dam
  99. Buy antique armchairs for studio space
  100. Plan and build a stile over the fence to Neil’s place

There is some crossover between this list and the Business Goals list I’ve written for myself this year, but that’s another blog post. These projects are things that I’ve wanted to do for a while and I’m curious to see how many I can get through this year.