A year ago I decided to start writing a blog as a way to keep track of what was happening in both the City and Country Gardens. I didn't expect much but thought it would be interesting to use it as a way of exploring my interest in gardening and food sustainability.
When I started it I didn't understand the whole thing about connecting with other blogs and the communities it could open up. I was amazed when the first person that I wasn't related to or friends with wrote a comment, and then slowly a whole new world opened up and I have now become part of an online community of lovely people doing really interesting things with their lives as well as having a great journal of the past year in the gardens. Along the way I've learnt heaps, pondered problems with others and shared monthly updates on ways of living more slowly and thoughtfully. Not only that, but I've written an article for a book and have just been interviewed for a gardening magazine (both yet to be published).
In the City Garden the produce was boosted by the addition of three gorgeous, hilarious chickens that we hadn't even contemplated this time last year; and from the Country Garden we managed to feed two households almost entirely and provide part of the requirements of a small restaurant throughout the whole year. And then somehow to finish the year off, after meeting several fabulous farmers during the year, I ended up becoming one (well a farmer but to be honest probably not a fabulous one!) even if only for a short time. Who'd have thought I'd end the year with "Learnt to drive a tractor" as one of my achievements?!
Thank you so much to everyone who has taken the time to read my blog this past year. It's been so lovely to "meet" you. I can't wait to see what 2013 brings and to share more adventures here!
All my very best wishes for the festive season and for the year to come.