So the Centre continues to form, internal walls basically finished, floors downstairs being cemented as I write, one of the reasons this morning had an extra bite as the condensation was rather a lot, I felt like I had my head in a cement mixer! Our flat upstairs is getting cosy though and this week the wood burner arrived, should be installed very soon. Electricity has still not arrived, in many ways we do not miss it, but having said that life may be a bit easier if we did have it! The generator of course is a great help and last week I got my old laptop working and we watched a dvd film, was great, if a bit expensive! No internet as yet, but I am on it. We are waiting for the plumbers to return and finish- much work for them to do. The biggest thing we are both very much looking forward to is a SHOWER!!
The gardens are our very favourite part of life here. The first veg plot is full with Radish, lettuce, carrots, beetroot, spinach and peas, with thyme, sage, calendula and nasturtiums as good companions. Feels fabulous to be growing our own vegetables and the radish and calendulas have germinated and are looking strong. I also created the first green manure fertility patch and I am very happy to say it has germinated well and looking an abundant green. As I said the rains have been full on recently and of course all the seeds, young plants and saplings are loving it, can't say the same for Cato!
When we first arrived last August we created a lovely area which we have called 'Oak Hedge', here we have planted Roses, bulbs, Tecoma capensis and all sorts. This week I planted Melissa, Oregano, Calendula and Nasturtiums, some of my big favourites in this area. The rains came just as I was finishing, giving them a good water. I felt so grounded and at Peace and that all was well, doesn't matter how complicated everything can seem to be, flare ups of emotions and tiredness. Planting and watching my dear friends grow, gives me so much joy and reassurance. I must make a note re Calendula, I have not mentioned her before on this blog but this was actually the first wild flower I saw in bloom on the land and that was back in September. She continues to bloom and become ever more present where ever I am. Calendula has helped me so much over the decades, supported me and many of my patients. Enabling growth and trust in our ability to go forth and really live the lives we want to.
Corey has likened ourselves to replanting a tree, takes some time to root in and adapt to the new environment. Happy to say slowly but surely we are getting there!