When we open iphoto, it defaults to the 'last 12 months' folder. I kinda like it, because every time I open the program, I get a little look at what we were up to exactly 12 months ago.
|March 2012 - Moonie chops up our land to make way for home-building and driveway-making
|March 2013 - home and driveway complete. Well.. almost...
Last time I opened it, I saw the pictures of our excavations and home-building. These photos - especially the ones from our workshop, especially the muddy ones - make me feel kinda funny inside. There's a big bit of pride at what we've achieved in only 12 months since breaking ground here, but there's also a bit of residual anxiety (it was stressful!!), lots of love (all those people helping us!!), relief (thank goodness we're not building load-bearing again!!) and joy that we're now living our dream, and that our relationship and family love has grown so much as a result of this adventure we're on.
|April 2012 - mixing render by hand with my little 'helper'. I could barely keep my footing in that crazy mud...
|March 2013 - Ahhh... gravel.
As I'm a results-driven kinda lady, I get immense pleasure from looking at what we've made here, and looking back on these photos is a big part of that feeling. When you're in it every day, it's hard to realise the progress you're making. These photos remind me that yeah - it's only been a year. We've achieved a lot. They help me to slow down a little and take it in (I can be impatient), and enjoy what we've built rather than rushing on to the next project. Anniversaries and birthdays are good like that - they're the most perfect opportunity to reflect on what you've got, where you've been, how you've grown, and where you'd like to go next.
|April 2012 - final days of the strawbale building workshop, and the roof's finally going on, providing much-needed protection for our little house
|March 2013 - and now she's got solar panels and a pergola and a garden!!!
June 2012 - building detritus a-go-go and still plenty of mud
March 2013 - nasturtuims: the speedy gardening solution
The objectives of building this little house were always to 'see if we can' (just like David Byrne wrote Psycho Killer just to "see if he could write a song"... I think that worked out OK for him), to provide somewhere to live while we saved up to build something else, so we wouldn't be enslaved by a mortgage for our whole lives, and to learn from our mistakes.
And it has been an amazing learning experience. We've learned so much about building, about our land, about ourselves, about each other, about the resilience of kids, about the fun-ness of lofts and fire-baths, about the differences between wants and needs, about the seasons, about living on the land and working with it and learning from it, about happiness and tiredness, about plants and animals... the list goes on.
We feel really really lucky.
June 2012 - what the hell do we do with this???
|March 2013 - steps, veggies, flowers, native shrubs, a barbecue, trampoline and cubby house - of course!