Simon Sarris

Goals for 2021 (updated)

This has been updated with pass/fail

Some context: Me and my wife bought some former haying fields overrun with pines and built a house there. We have been doing all the landscaping ourselves, which will take years, and now we are starting to build out a small farm.

Goals are numbered only in the order I thought of them. I will try to update this page as I succeed or fail. You can see the pass/fail of last year's goals here: Goals for 2020.

I hope to keep the goals for 2021 more focused. These are roughly in order of ability to accomplish within the year:

  1. Build a much larger bird house and acquire an army of geese.

Still very much pending! It should be built in 2022, and Geese will be here next year, ready or not.

  1. Build a second 'pond' area by damming the second stream better, make waterfall and stream more beautiful.

✔️ This area is dammed well, and mostly cleaned up, but there's lots more beautification to do.

  1. Build beautiful field of flowers out front (already started this).

❌/✔️ This "worked" but scarcely. I had tilled the front to break up competing plants, but the spring drought (most likely) killed off most flowers except the bachelor's buttons, and I failed to water enough to make up for the drought. You can see some photos of what it looked like here. Although this is somewhat costly, I am willing to try it again.

  1. Build a shrine to Saint Marinus.

The site is now prepared, but I have not even finalized plans, never mind built it. Having trouble going from mind to paper. I may have to make some experimental builds before I am able to decide on its proper design.

  1. Continue to clear the fields and acquire sheep, if possible! Build sheep shelter.

❌/✔️ Lots of clearing has been done, but sheep are probably a few(?) years away still.

  1. Finish simeville and make it the website background for

Barely any progress! Although I hope to do some work in december. Most of my free time has been work-work or else outside.

  1. Finish book of fables and tales (started in 2020 via newsletter).

While I have more tales written, I think I need many more before this can be published.

  1. Build dry stone arch bridge.

Alas, nothing. Much stonework was completed near the house, though. (But, somehow, "finish the stone wall, terrace, and ornamental garden beds" didn't make it into my goals list.)

1.18.2021 & 11.27.2021


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