There are many lessons one learns in an undertaking such as pointReturn. Those from Nature come in accompanied by compelling evidence and demonstrations. These are exciting to learn. Those of a personal nature however, seem harder to accept . I will quickly deal with the latter first.
Personal lessons highlight what we know but seldom accept. For example, that money can’t dictate speed. Deliveries of goods and services are a consequence of interactions between a number of people and events over which one has little control.
Quite a part of the time in this project is spent waiting for things to happen. I, being at the age i am, sit and despair that with all these problems and delays to cope with, I will never complete the project. Then suddenly things move and I forget the delays and expenses. I have thought that I should write these difficulties down here, but even in spells of inaction I am busy: researching options, making calls …and of course fretful. [By the way, the antidote for this malaise, that I have discovered, is to sit quietly and ruminate on all that has been achieved at pointReturn so far.]
Lessons that Nature teaches you are to do with re-learning knowledge that one was certain of; in the light of experience in the field one scurries back to corrective information. One makes mistakes frequently; what seemed a permanent solution hits a new hurdle. The antidote is to try things in a small scale before spreading iout.
One of the missions of pointReturn is to make it self-sufficient in water for all its needs, which, given the inadequate groundwater, meant harvesting enough rainwater. Readers who have been following my endeavours will recall, how the windmill had struggled and how I had dug a 1.3 million litre capacity pond encircling the borewell from which the windmill pumped. There was a distinct improvement in the windmill’s output; I had raised first year’s tree plantings successfully on the water pumped; and I had cropped two small grain harvests in a tenth of an acre
However, it is clear, there is more to do. Lack of the usual bonus summer showers this year has exposed how marginal our water security is. We have struggled to water all the plants. I am now chagrined that my declaration of “Mission Accomplished” a year ago, ranks with the other famous premature one in recent history.