It is this time every year that I review the goals that I set at the very beginning of the year. It has been a very eventful year, and one that I have fond memories of. I learnt more than I could have imagined, both academically and skills for the future. Also, I worked less this year than any other year in my working life due to the need to take long service leave to recover from a surgical procedure.
So lets get to the 2011 goals that I set for the year and see if we achieved them;
More Vegetarian days per week
Make all our own pasta
Increase water storage
Add two more wicking beds into production
Build an Outdoor Oven
Use renewable energy to charge my portable electronic devices
- Started teaching Cheese Making Workshops
- Started The Little Green Cheese
- Co-hosted The Be Prepared Challenge
- Nominated for an Earth Hour Award
- Owned a Pekin Bantam Rooster for 4 days
- Saved a West Highland Terrier (Teddy Ruckspin) from the pound
- Podcast the “Meet the Green Blogger” series of interviews
- Participated in the “Say Yes” Climate Change campaign
- Built Cluckingham Palace
- Made Limoncello for the first time
- Decided to Downshift to a 9 day fortnight and work 26 days less each year
- Wrote the “Suburban Resiliance” series
- Wrote three articles for Grass Roots Magazine
- Hosted “The Great Kilowatt Challenge“
- Decided to home school Ben next year
I am looking forward to read your blog in the year ahead.
Wishing you and your family a Happy New Year
Penny Duthie says
Thanks for all the time and effort that goes into your fantastic blog – love it and look forward to more in 2012!!
Lydia La La says
happy new year and thank you for your efforts to follow the green.
Linda Woodrow says
Can thoroughly recommend up-gardening. Vertical space is hugely productive, especially if you think a little bit about aspect when establishing. In your part of the world, even more so. No tall thing will ever shade anything on its northern side, not morning noon night winter summer. Concentrating the fertility and water into a small area is much more economical use of resources too. I grow only climbing beans, peas, cucumbers now. Only indeterminate tall varieties of tomatoes. And I’m loving trombochino so much, I may start only growing climbing varieties of zucchini from now on.
I was wondering how the solar charger went! You’ve saved me spending $30 now, thanks!
Hey Gav, good to hear how you went. Be a bit hard to achieve them all and then sets you up to think that’s the only success for next year.
Realistic is the key I think – we don’t have perfect veges all the time so we get it as good as we can and go from there 🙂
PS which solar charger was it that you didn’t have any luck with? I will go back and look through posts but am interested bc I’d like to get one – that works 🙂
Positive and productive wishes for 2012. Kristy
Happy new year to you and yours.
Your blog and your achievements for 2011 have been very inspiring. Just a comment about the soil in your wicking bed. You mention it is too acidic at pH 9.5 and you have been adding lime…I hope the pH figure is a typo, as on the pH scale anything below 7 is (increasingly) acidic. Anything above 7 is (increasingly) alkaline. pH 9.5 is quite high and certainly needs adjusting but adding lime will be making it worse. Here’s hoping you meant to type pH 6.5!
Gavin Webber says
Thanks everyone for your comments.
@ Cathy, Penny & Lydia. Thanks for reading. Lots more to come in 2012.
@ Linda. Thanks for the recommendation. It gave me the inspiration to start to grow upwards instead of horizontally. I looked around the yard it actually dawned on me how much vertical space I have available.
@ Frogdancer & Kristy. The model is a Pico Freeloader. Good for the occational charge, but you need something bigger like a backpack model to charge most portable devices.
@ Tracey. I better go and check the soil again. I think I may have made a mistake, but better re-test. Cheers for pointing that out.
Isn’t it funny that you mention “Up-Gardening”. I had a dream about that last night for my house. As you know I have a caravan by the beach in Queensland and I have limited space on the block so was trying to figure out where to go next. Only place I can plant now is “UP”. Lots of ideas running around in my head. Will send you pic’s of my progress when they happen xxxx
… are you sure about that pH of 9.5? That’s *alkaline*, silly (lower pH = acidic and vice versa).
Alternatively, I may have found your issue. 😀
Blah, sorry, missed where it had already been pointed out. 😛