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In autumn 2010, my husband Ian and I both quit our jobs, sold our house and left the flatlands of the east for the mountains of Wales. Our goal is to create a more self-sufficient lifestyle in a place we actually like living. Whilst Ian will continue to earn some money as a freelancer, my part of the project is to reduce how much we spend by growing and making as much of what we need as possible. The purpose of this blog is to keep friends updated with how the grand project is progressing, but all are welcome here. If you're not a friend already, well perhaps you might become one.

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Spring shoots

This morning, on my way back from the compost heap, I noticed little knobs of green in the earth as the bluebells push their way into the sunlight. Looking around at the only bed I've planted anything in, I saw a whole row of young plants - green shoots about four inches tall that I hadn't noticed before because I just hadn't looked. We have garlic!

Garlic shoots! And some weeds too, but never mind them

Of course it's only January and, as Ian said this morning, "Winter's probably going to come back and bite us on the bum," but today the weather is mild and the first things I planted are growing strongly. Today feels like spring.

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