It's still under wraps for now, but it looks like some dramatic changes might be happening to how and where we live, which will involve a lot of upheaval.
We're trying to stay grounded by making plans for the smallholding, all ready to get started next year.
Our ten acre plot is home to several enterprises and activities. Some have fallen by the wayside over the last few years, so by way of an introduction and catch up, here's a round up of what we hope to be doing next year:
- Oxford Down Sheep. Our long term family project and passion. We're due to lamb in February, and we hope to show and grow the flock this year.
- Chickens. We're currently down to 5 hens and a cockerel, but we're hoping to build up a bit this year and have some surplus eggs and hopefully a few choice chicks for sale as well.
- Vegetables. We're probably not going commercial with the veg this year, but I would like to do a way better job of feeding ourselves, and having a few spare for family and friends. Next year we'd like to get back to community supported growing.
- Flowers. We started with cut flowers last year and to be honest it didn't go quite as planned. It looks like Year Two is actually going to be Year One/Take Two.
- Bees. Neil's taken a break from bees for a few years, but he's back at bee club and we're seriously hoping to get a hive or two up and running this year.
- Fibre. Spinning our own Oxford fleece is really in its infancy and just for my own pleasure at the moment, but one day we hope it will go places.
- Plants. It's my intention to grow plants for sale which link into our other enterprises, and encourage folk to grow their own cut flowers, dye plants, and plants for pollinators.
- Goats. We're down to two, so not doing much, but young Mabel, our orphaned baby girl, may well provide entertainment in the intervals.
- Showing up. All this will find its way onto some sort of more exciting platform than me typing away here. Possibly a You Tube channel. Gulp.
As the shortest day is still over a week away, we may possibly have got ahead of ourselves, but I hope you've enjoyed a peek into our plans, and now lets see if we can keep up, and keep updating.