ALL I SEE IS GROWTH 

The rains finally made its way and the thirsty dry grounds gulped all the water and all the precious seeds under the ground that had been planted with love, sweat, pains and aches finally budded. Oh what joy when I came around and saw the luscious green sprouts of maize and vegetables, I danced and laughed and cried because all I could see was growth and I was thankful that all the toil was gradually paying off. I was elated I took lots and lots of pictures but guess what? Some mischief I didn’t foresee was going to spring up.

I watched my farm closely in the following weeks and then noticed all my hard work was being tampered with, birds or was it squirrels wasn’t sure what it was at the time, started uprooting my maize plant from the ground. Same thing was happening in my neighbour’s farm so we devised a method to discourage this. We made…..and found old tapes, those old radio cassette; rolled out the tapes and tied it all over the farm when there is wind, it wobbles and sends a signal that people were on the farm and the sun made the tapes reflect silvery lights so discouraged the birds from coming down to feed.

The essence of these, protect your growth at all cost, no matter what may spring up to try to pull you down hold on to the little progress you’ve made. Don’t let the naySayers remind you that this thing is not going to work out instead be secretive about your progress not everyone needs to know step by step how you progressing with your ideas. Some people only need to see the final result, not everyone must be involved in your journey through all the pitfalls and victories, let your success call their attention.Ciao

 

 

 

 

GIVING UP IS NOT AN OPTION

Whoever said tilling the ground was easy, no wonder the bible said that ‘’man would eat bread in the sweat of his face.’’ Not an exact quote but you should find the actual quote in Genesis 1: 19. Oh yeah! Farming is not joke especially when it’s not something you accustomed to and you can’t afford to pay workers because you are barely scraping available funds to buy seeds and do other important stuff. It was definitely like a rollercoaster; scary and exciting at the same time.

I remember all the digging and weeding and planting under the hot scorching sun, trying to make sure the seeds were in the ground in anticipation for the rain, the sleepless nights worrying that the rains would come as expected or my blistering hands that would keep weeding in spite of the pain. The body aches and pains that come with the territory. Did I think about quitting? Oh yes! But the determination to achieve was much greater than my discomfort. If for anything I wanted to prove to all the doubting Thomas’s that this working momma can farm like a pro. Lol

Yes, I had an 8am-4pm job, had a family to cater for and I added farming to my already spilling plate. That is where my multi-tasking skill was strengthened coupled with learning to prioritise my daily activities and making out time for all the things I needed to do on a daily basis. The most comforting part in all of these was the fact that I was having a ball and learning to push myself beyond my perceived abilities and level of tolerance.

If you wondering if I made mistakes, yes! I did. I made lots of them which I would be sharing in later posts. It’s ok to make mistakes but giving up is not an option, it should propel you to doing better or trying out more beneficial alternatives. People often say great things don’t come easy and I definitely agree and I have come to realise that great value is placed on things we have worked hard to achieve. The next time the thought of quitting comes to your mind, remember that great things don’t come cheap, they come at a price and are definitely more rewarding than those we got on a platter. Do enjoy the photos below, I was having a ball. ciao

 

DO WHAT YOU MUST

Yass! I told myself I was going to make my 2017 count by doing something I’ve always wanted to do but didn’t know how or what to do to get started. I wasn’t exactly sure if it was some whimsical feeling or something concrete but I was determined to do something even if I failed while trying. I haven’t updated my blog this year but I have got lots to share over the final days of this year.

I remember growing up as a child, my siblings teased me a lot for being fearful because I would normally show fear or caution in doing daring things like climbing trees way up to the top, I would rather stay at a level I consider safe in the event of a fall and the would call me ole(lazy). I never took it to heart though, because deep down I knew I wasn’t what they called me.

I remember how they were so scared of how I would deal with labour when I had my son but I gave birth like a boss (lol), need I say they were shocked and proud of me the way I handled childbirth; they probably thought fear would cripple me and turn me into a drama queen in the theatre but thank God it was a memorable experience.

Okay, back to why I decided to put up this post; so I wanted to farm badly but I had no idea what to do, I googled some materials, started following young farmers on social media, gulping all I could lay my hands on and eventually I made up my mind about crop farming and so decided to plant vegetables and maize. I wasn’t sure about how to acquire land but I kept my ears open and eventually I was told I could get over a plot of land where I work to test run my farm at no cost to me.

I remember the first time I publicly voiced my interest someone, practically laughed and said I must be kidding that I wouldn’t be able to do the tedious job of farming, guess I didn’t look like a girl raised on the farm or in a village, I wasn’t perturbed as a lot of people tried to discourage me but thanks to a friend and big aunty who at the time was also venturing into farming who encouraged me and told me to drown out those voices telling me I couldn’t.

O boy! Did I listen to the negative voices, hell no! I went right ahead, got the land cleared and prepared my tools to embark on my journey. Little did I know that we will gradually grow from that plot of land in the coming months. I have got lots to share but this will do for now. I will be uploading pictures along with the post so you have a feel of the thrill I had trying my hands out at farming.

However, 2017 is drawing to an end, don’t feel bad about those things you didn’t put to action, your plans, goals, ideas, dreams etc. it is never too late to start. It doesn’t matter how many people are already doing what you want to do, believe in yourself, shut down the negative voices in your head and around you, surround yourself with people who will cheer you and if you can’t find any, cheer yourself up, fix your gaze on that idea, that dream and take deliberate steps to actualise it. Don’t wait till 2018 is upon you, those steps might be shaky, wobbly, don’t fret, and keep taking it until they become stronger and firmer. You owe no one but yourself to be the best version of you. Ciao.

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Keeping Up

Wow! its been a helluva task keeping up with blog post. I never imagined that child care could be so demanding. Even when I have everything lined up, DS (Dearest Son) finds a way to help me mix everything up. I can’t be typing away on my laptop without him coming to test some of the keys for himself. things I have never imagined my laptop could do are what he miraculously manipulates on it.

Imagine my laptop having all its display upside down, some time he helps me partition my screen into four, don’t know how he manages it, but he sure loves to play with gadgets like his mama. I am so sorry for the drought of new post on my blog. I am working on new posts and hope to share post from blogs I enjoy. Hope you enjoy new content I would be bringing you. CIAO