As I write the pavilion has been built. I can begin outfitting it for habitation. There are widely available options here in terms of fabrics and furniture. The shell of a washroom has also been built and waiting for outfit.
The new horizon
In my own mind’s eye I visualise the site 5 years later, all grown up and producing. But the distance in time makes it misty. What I can see more clearly is the horizon one year away, and the road leading to it. And I have an actionable plan.
One year away I expect to welcome volunteers who are willing to stay longish periods. Basic comforts will come about. A section in the website will carry all the information they will need.
In about 9 months I hope to have bettered the water security by excavating several hundred feet of swales spread all over the farm. They would realise the strategy of harvesting rain where it falls and directing it into the ground. Currently, water is collected in one place- the pond.
In about 6 months I hope a vegetable patch will steadily produce what the residents need. I hope the nucleus of a nursery begins by then as well.
In about two months I hope the new mini excavator commences work on swales and rain water harvesting structures. Raju and I will be novice operators of the machine. In a fortnight I will have finished constructing a garage for it.
What plans for the next week? I think I will spend it in prayers for a shower to relieve the morale and energy sapping heat. I hope you will send yours too on behalf of all the plants struggling to stay alive at pointReturn.