Land as Palette

Earlier this year my husband and I, with the help of the generous staff and volunteers of Habitat for Humanity, bought a house on .18 acres of land.

Yes, that’s a decimal point. That’s almost two-tenths of an acre. With a five bedroom house on it.

I’m not complaining. In my ideal world, I’d have more land, but in the real world, I never thought I’d own anything. I owe it all to the fact that my life partner is relentlessly driven and hopelessly dedicated to providing for his family.

Having lived here only seven months, the land is still relatively blank, like a canvas waiting for a work of art to bloom upon it.

Although our imaginations are constrained by space restrictions, in a sense, it allows us to be even more creative. We have to get wacky and funky (which we both love to do) with our designs, and we are forced to narrow down what actually matters to us and what we can live without.

For me, I very much want: vegetable garden, strawberry patch, fire pit/hang out area, herb garden

For my husband: fruit trees, workshop

This morning we drew a sketch of the property and played with possibilities. I am acutely aware of what a special time this is, to lay the foundation of the life we will live.

It will, Great Spirit willing, be a life of food, family gatherings and creativity.

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2 responses to “Land as Palette

  1. I would love to have 5 acres, but reality is I have enough trouble trying to maintain a small yard, but I am happy to potter around the few fruit trees I have and my ever increasing kitchen garden (all higgledy piggledy in pots and tubs of all shapes and sizes and colours).

    You don’t need a large plot of land to become sustainable. In the city of Sydney, in an inner-city terrace home (the yards are tiny), a fella named Michael Mobbs has become self-sufficient in water, electricity, and waste disposal. He also grows his own food in tubs and wherever he can.

    http://sustainablehouse.com.au/

    When we approach winter again, we are going to get a cast-iron chiminea to put on our back deck. My husband wants to recreate the feeling of a camp fire at home.

  2. It really is amazing what one can do with just a little bit of space. It sounds like you have a good handle on the skill, having fruit trees and an eclectic arrangement of plantings. The “feeling of a camp fire” is such a wonderful thing, and I’m so happy to have my little fire pit. It seems to me to be one of those things that brings people together and when you’re gathered around it, you think to yourself, “Ah, THIS is what life’s all about!” 🙂

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