Winter 2013 was when we enjoyed the first egg from our new hens.
The hens are given plenty of love in return.
I've stopped worrying about dragging an only child out to a rural area. Between school and visitors there are plenty of friends to play with. And when she is alone....
...there are always adventures to be had (more often than not, while wearing fancy-dress).
Monday night became 'campfire night'. I treasure our campfire conversations and am already looking forward to next Winter.
Afternoon kindling collection became one of my favourite moments of the day. Initially I begrudged this chore, but quickly learnt to appreciate being forced to wander our property as the sun set.
We finally got a water tank....and then it didn't rain for two whole months. Literally!
Daddy Eco built a fence. Somehow, 'build a fence for Spike the loan pony' made it to the top of our 'to-do' list. We still live in a shed, don't have a bathroom or internal plumbing, but we have one very nice fence.
The fence was a necessary step in helping Little Eco fulfil a dream of getting a pony. In reality, spending our time and money on a fence, when we are bucketing water inside so that we can wash the dishes, is silly.
But there are no regrets...because fulfilling dreams is what life should be about.
(I'm cheating with this picture because it's from Spring).
This is little Eco telling me how happy she is to have a pony "from here to the end of space and back again".
I'll choose that happiness over a kitchen tap any day.