Sunday, January 1, 2012

A New Year - A New Dream


Photos taken by Tim on his last visit

We have big dreams, Dave and I. Dreams of spending all our time with our family, in the garden- raising seeds, picking caterpillars, nibbling on fresh produce and drinking crisp home brew in the early afternoon. We talk about it all the time. In the beginning it was just Dave who yearned for a simpler life but over the years, we have come to think as one - like we always do. So together we sit and ponder, imagining how fabulous life would be without debt and responsibility.

With the dawning of a new year we will work towards a goal of eating what we harvest from our own yard while we attempt to live with increasing intentionality. We will spend less, save more, eat better and hopefully carry less tension in our shoulders. We will invest in fences and animals and soil and fruit trees. Our children will learn how to identify different herbs by their leaves, their aroma and their taste. We will slowly learn how to preserve what we can't immediately consume and we will eat seasonally as much as possible.

It's a dream, I know. But I'm putting it out there.
What are your dreams for 2012?

25 comments:

  1. What a beautiful dream. I look forward to reading about it and watching it evolve this year.

    Wow, we can now say 'this year' for 2012.

    My dream this year is mindfulness, and maybe some herbs in pots.

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  2. Those are the kind of dreams that encourage other peoples dreams...
    that simpler life is what I still aim for.

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  3. It's all about implementing our dreams for a simpler life in 2012 here too Em. Let's do it together! Mel x

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  4. sounds pretty good to me, luv! My own meagre herb/ veggie offerings leave more than a little to be desired and one of my resolutions is to get it all in order before the Summer is out! Me? I just want to learn how to be happy. I've forgotten how, i think. True happiness, I mean. Less anger. More love. That sort of thing. Hope to catch up this year? I need to show you my new studio, inspired by yours! xx Nicole

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  5. My dream is to make money from something I make. I don't want to go to work, I want to be at home, in the present, not wasting my time working for someone else. I would LOVE to say I am an artist, instead of just waking in the night with ideas, actually see them happen. ACTION is what is needed. I dream we spend more time at the allotment and less time working. I dream of financial independence... in charge of my own destiny. - phew! Your chard looks awesome! Cannot wait for spring/summer here. Happy New Year lovely lady! xx

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  6. I love this, I really do. Everything you dream of here is good and beautiful. I hope that as much of this dream comes to fruition for you and your fam in 2012. Happy New Year Em xo

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  7. Your dream sounds a lot like mine wouldn't that be the life.

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  8. Hey Em! If you havnt already, you must check out my friends blog at www.wholelarderlove.com. He is doing all the stuff you mention, living the dream! He is a real inspiration, and is even releasing a book this year on how to grow/ cook your own meat and produce. Do it! I know you'll love him! (he's also an ace photographer, and has recently been featured on the design files and meet me at mikes. He'll be famous one day, mark my words!) oh, and we have this little local mag on being green and such, he was featured in the latest edition alongside Kate from foxs lane. We have some real gems down here!
    I wish you the best with your resolution!
    Rach x

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  9. Love it. Do it. We will all now hold you accountable. I am vowing to spend more $ on good washing powder. Have been using it while on hols and it's bloody unreal. Smells nice AND it actually CLEANS our clothes. All the things you look for in a detergent really. Hmm.

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  10. The thing about dreams, big dreams, is once you say them out loud or tell other people, it's really hard to ignore them. You have to act on them then. I think that's exciting! I always get inspired when others share their dreams. I have lots of dreams, but for now, I just want to stop ignoring the I wants for the I shoulds. I *should* mop the floor but I *want* to sew/crochet/bake/sit on the couch. I'm going to do more wants this year. *mwah* to you and your sweet fam!

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  11. Hi Emily, I just found your blog last week, I really like it. I want to spend this year mindfully in the garden too. I'm cooking up plans with some friends to overhaul our kids' school garden too and get some buzzing energy in there. I've been watching Costa for plant love inspiration. I'm off to read about your River Cottage Challenge. Hope you have a beuatifully abundant 2012! Nic

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  12. Have you read, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barabara Kingsolver? It will give you true inspiration for your resolution.
    My resolution is to mindfully play with my children, and then, when they are at school - organize, organize and purge!

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  13. My kids are just beginning to identify herbs and plants in they yard, it makes my heart sing! My dream for 2012 is for my hubby to be full of joy and share it with the world! xx

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  14. A simple life, but with so much meaning. It seems that you are already on your way to achieving much of this. I'm with you on this dream, and look forward to joining you and learning. I heard a term this morning which defines who I want to be. I want to be a POTTEL - Plenty Of Time To Enjoy Life. xx

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  15. What a gorgeous dream to have Em.
    I have no doubt that you will achieve this - it sounds wonderful.
    Me - this year I want to feel more like me.
    Take more photos, eat healthier, dance with my friends, just get some time for me to be me - not just Joe / Maggie and Edie's Mum.

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  16. Top dream - and potential reality. I have a veggie patch and this summer we've had corn, tomatoes, cucumber and herbs from it. The parsley is going to seed and will be resown soon. The rocket was resown but I am having a devil of a time keeping rats from chewing at the seedlings. Thought I had it licked - saved the rocket but the rats got my cucumber harvest.

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  17. Happy New Year Beetles, brilliant, absolutely agree, even if you're just eating your own herbs you have such a sense of pride & tastey goodness. We're doing the same, only moving to the country to do it (seeing we live in an Army House, don't think they'd like us to pen in some sheep) & i figure, why work to pay for groceries when you can grow your own. Especially when you're a housewife & well, don't work!! I'd rather be farming between school runs. So we've mapped out the best life for us & our large sporty family, it's 50-100 acres outside of Canberra & one hell of a big house. Yay. Even better, thanks to investment properties & war bonuses, we should be debt free, no mortgage even after a pool & a pony. I'm thrilled. It's happening, i'm honing my gardening skills already so when we do it, i know what i'm doing!! Love to your 2012 simple life wishes, love Posie

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  18. My dream this year is to grow a baby!

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  19. This is gorgeous. I really think this is an amazing goal. I'm a bit the same, while I think it is a long way off I dream of a simple life with a little family that is sustainable.
    My boyfriend used to have dreams of being rich but a few years with me and now he is dreaming of having our own little sustainable life with LOTS of travel thrown in. My 2012 goal is to travel Europe while I'm here and get my creative groove into gear.

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  20. i so relate to your post, the melding of minds and souls as you journey through life with the one you love and also the yearning for a simple life. Great post!

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  21. Hey! My dream is not dissimilar to yours! We live in suburbia, so we may be limited somewhat. We have had our three chickens for the last three months, have squeezed in a dozen fruit trees in the back yard and are now preparing to install four raised garden beds. I am excited!!

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em