2011 and we are hitting the ground running!

After a whirl wind visit back home to celebrate New Years with a surprise 60th Birthday celebration for Dylan’s dad Dave, and a quick family tour which included many wonderful meals and visits with folks, grandparents, siblings and friends, and the likely the cause of the extra pounds we came home with! Once all borrowed and leased cars were returned to their rightful owners we made a safe and non eventful drive home and we were all happy to once ago wake up in our stunning valley, and be far far away from the rat race and raging traffic of the city. Our sleepy little village has come alive with amazing winter festivities to enjoy. Sissy’s has made a fabulous outdoor ice rink out back complete with a huge ice slide for the kiddies, and a ice sculpture garden out front. Our friends built an epic sled track on their mountain side, and the rails to trails tracks are incredibly maintained and call to us daily.

No real progress to show you as we are up to our eye balls in planning… finalizing locations for both yurts and the shower haus and the excavation those structures will require. We have named our small holding “Tricycle Acres” and I have created a brand and with it we are planning some farmers market circuits and products for the spring and summer, as well as a new tricycle acres etsy shop to feature of crafts. We have a few very old tric’s in out collection and Dylan will have to create a cute little driveway sign to welcome visitors, soon enough.

So why Tricycle Acres? Well there are 3 of us on this little mountainside, and it really takes efforts from each of us to keep all of this happening. The 3 wheels also represent  the ethics of Permaculture which guide all of the decisions we make on this land and in our lifestyle; Care of Earth, Care of People, and Return of Surplus (or fair share). Plus we are newbie’s at all of this back to land / farming life, so I feel like we are just little tykes learning new skills each day out here, getting our bearings and gain confidence with each achievement… and failure. And we are just going to keep on rolling along enjoying this wonderful adventure life has to offer, on our rusty ride.

I guess my blogs have finally hit Kootenay time, and I am really trying to post at least once a week, and I hope to do better in this fresh start of what is sure to be a productive and exciting year ahead of us.