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Friday, 28 August 2015

Choose Happy, Never Wait

This quote really sums it up for us. There will always be something "stopping you" from doing what you want, when you want, and for the most parts these things are constructs of your own imagination.

For the last few years my wife and I have been saying to each other "one day we'll have a big house in the country, keep chickens and grown veg". but why do we dismiss our dreams with the phrase "one day"? 
Why wait?
Why not here?
Why not now?

There was a bit of an epiphany moment, when we started to transform our garden and our lives. I asked why we shouldn't just keep chickens in the house we have now, and Carly replied "but we'd have hardly any lawn left"

Why do we need a lawn?
 Because everyone else has one?
 Because society thinks we should have one?
Because we enjoy mowing it over and over and over?

So we both thought about it........ 

"well, we need it so the kids can play on the grass"

But they can play on the decking, there is plenty of space. If they want to play sports or anything that needs vast areas of grass, we live walking distance from 3 large parks. The reality is that having a lawn does not enrich our life, nor teach our children about life and nature, and certainly doesn't give back to us for the time/maintenance spent on it. Whereas chickens will keep the bugs down, keep the weeds down, provide rich fertiliser for the compost heap, entertain the kids and teach them responsibility and if ALL of that wasn't enough, they will also lay delicious organic eggs for us.

I don't know about you, but when you put it like that we're struggling to find any reason that lawns exist in private homes at all?

So why can't we keep chickens now? why can't we have raised beds and grow fruit and veg now?

Well the reality is we COULD so we DID!

We have a really small back garden, but that doesn't mean that we couldn't work towards our dreams. It just means that we have to do things on an appropriate scale. Sure, we'll never have a flock of three or four hundred chickens on this property, but we can find room for three or four. We might not be able to grow tonnes of produce, but we can grow enough to make a positive difference to our diet and our grocery bills.

Now since birds do not naturally lay eggs through the winter due to the hours of daylight we are waiting until spring before we get half a dozen quails, and then possibly a few chickens. The benefit of us turning our small back yard into a micro farm now is that if ever we do find ourselves in the big house in the country, we'll already know what we're doing and we get to live the dream along the way.

So our advice for today, don't let your dreams just be dreams. If you have a vision then seize the day and make it a reality, you'll be surprised how much you can achieve when you set your mind to it



  1. I think you have the right idea. Go for it.

  2. Loved this post. Just found you on Kevs blog.

    1. Thank you Sol, we're really glad you liked it!
      we've never blogged before so it's all new and exciting for us :)


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