Muddy Boots garden re-design, update on 2016 and looking ahead to 2017

Instead of writing a wordy post explaining how the enlarged and re-designed allotment playgroup space worked, I thought I’d post some pictures for 2016 season instead!

 

I asked group members about how they felt about the new space and got a few lovely quotations.

X and I love it! It affords much more space for the little ones to move around and explore, with separate sections/beds that emphasise the growing plants/fruit/veg. ūüôā

So much more space to run around in, my two love it, especially the larger willow den. It will be so magical next year when it’s all green and leafy.¬†

The mud pit and the sandpit are a big hit for M, she doesn’t stop talking about Muddy Boots all week! I love being able to chat with my new MB friends while she is happily occupied. Thanks Emily, its fab.¬†

I have a Facebook page which is updated weekly, you can view it here.¬†Muddy Boots.¬†I also have a website which gets a monthly update. It’s still a work in progress, but I’m enjoying it.¬†Muddy Boots website

2017 planning is in progress. I plan on running 44 sessions across the year at the allotment, 2 sessions each Friday from March till october. I’ve already got a long waiting list of people wanting to book in. Exciting times!

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2017 pathway planning

Happy new year! 2017 has arrived, I’m a few days late blogging here as we’ve all been struck down with the dreaded norovirus and have been flat-out for days. Not the ideal start to a new year. However, despite more than my fair share of illness, I am feeling quite organised and positive heading into the new year and I wanted to share some of the main reason why.

  1. I’ve been working on my permaculture diploma pathway design and have created this image below showing the 6 ares of interest that my diploma focusses on and the 12 designs that I will undertake. I have a meeting with my tutor early in January, so my mind has been re-focussed on the diploma and I’d like to complete it in spring 2018.

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I’ve been considering the remaining designs that I have to complete for my diploma and trying to decide between the seven ideas that I am interested in. I have done a brief overview of each one’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges. I will be coming back to this after my session with my tutor later this month and I will be making a more concrete plan for activity throughout 2017.

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UPDATE I’ve created this design for my pathway.

The six central areas with red and brown writing explain the six areas of interest I chose to base my diploma designs around. The spaces shaded in yellow are designs that I’ve completed. 3 additional yellow spaces will be added to make 10 designs before the end of my diploma journey. ¬†The other design ideas listed are either ideas for the future, or activity that I’ve been involved with around the duration of my diploma but have not written up as a design. There is a key explaining¬†this on the design plus notes of whether a design is land or people based and which of the Permaculture ethics it focusses on.

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I’ve been reading a book called ‘The desire map – creating goals with soul’ by Danielle Laporte. The book helps you to consider what is really important in your life and what you want to achieve. What makes this book different is that you focus on how you want to feel rather than tasks you want to accomplish. You are encouraged to select 3-5 words for your year, that sum up how you want to feel and then you base your yearly aims around how you will create those feelings in your life. I chose;

Balance Balance Pinterest board

Vitality Vitality pinterest board

Thankful Thankful Pinterest board

Clarity Clarity Pinterest board

In tune In tune Pinterest board

I’ve done lots of work around what those words mean to me and how i can use them to steer my year. I’ve created a Pinterest board for each word to look at whenever I am feeling like I need a boost of energy or a reminder. Click the links above to see the Pinterest boards. The flow diagram show the ways in which I intend to use these words throughout 2017 in order to have a successful and enjoyable year.

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I’ve joined an online forum called ‘The balance club’ all about finding balance in all areas of your life, from work life balance, to a more relaxed attitude to food, to self-care to exercise. One thing this has helped me to do is each month reflect on what I’ve done and learnt and to plan out the coming month. I’ve been using this combined with the permaculture 4 questions reflection activity and have created something that works well for me. This is my most recent reflection, looking back on the whole of 2016 and forward to 2017.

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4. I’ve invested in a business workbook to help me to take Muddy Boots forward this year. After numerous recommendations I decided to buy ‘My shining year Biz planner’ by an Australian called Leonie Dawson. It’s such a bright, fun and feminine workbook that makes business planning feel achievable and enjoyable. I’m hoping to work through it all during January and then make an action plan.

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