“There’s a wholesomeness about it that I never could explain
Once you breathe this air you love it and you long for it again;
There’s a tie you can’t discern in the splendor of the sky.
It’s just home to you forever and I’ll just tell you why.”
Paragraph taken from A Letter Home – by my Great Grandmother Lillie Olson – 1912
I can hardly believe it. I feel like I’ve been talking about this for so long that it almost felt too far from my reach.
My dream is finally coming true.
We purchased 5 beautiful acres in the country and I couldn’t be happier. There are full water rights. There are no covenants. The land is flat, beautiful and ready for creating my little farm paradise.
Shall I tell you a little bit more about this land? Okay, I will then. Since you asked. 🙂
The land all used to be farm-land and then a man sold it all off into 5-10 acre parcels. On my little road I will have 4 neighbors, each with 5 acres too. The soil definitely feels a lot better than my current soil which is sand. I think it has some dead organic materials and possibly even some clay. I should probably get it tested. One thing I know though is that the soil should be good because even without watering for a year there are some amazing flowering cactus plants growing with purple flowers. That’s a good sign right?
I think it has a great view. Meaning not many people around. Ha! And I do get a small view of the blue mountains on clear days.
My sister Beth took these pictures for me. We had lots of fun walking the land together.
My land borders along a canal, which at first I was a bit nervous about. I mean, kids and a canal? But after getting to walk along the canal with my sister I realized that I can go on nice long beautiful walks or runs with this by my house. And it is sure to bring a few frogs and other critters for my kids to make memories with.
Speaking of playing around… do you ever do this and wish you were really that skinny? Ahem. Neither do I….
Indeed we saw ducks and even a muskrat swimming in the water. Country livin’!!!
I also noticed coyote tracks on my land. That will be trouble for my chickens. I will need to prepare myself a lot more for predators living out here in the country.
Some days I feel so excited that my heart can’t stop beating and my stomach has butterflies. My mind reels with what is to come. I can envision myself after a hard days work sitting on my back porch enjoying the sunset with my family. That feeling of freedom and joy. I can’t wait.
However, there have also been many days that I sit and wonder if I can actually do this. If I am going to succeed at running a small farm. If I can handle the time commitment. If I can handle the financial requirements. If I can handle being patient and not having everything for my dream happen all at once. If I can handle a big garden and even acres of growing food. And most importantly if I can handle killing my animals for food. I still have yet to butcher an animal.
I tell you I am absolutely TERRIFIED some days!
I mean, what if I fail at this? What if I put my family through stress, hard work and moving and I am not able to handle it all? What if I stink at being a self-sufficient homesteader? What if I fail?
But you know what they say….
And this is one big ole’ dream.
We are planning on building our house on the property with a well and septic. Hoping to get into the new house before Christmas.
Then it’s really go time!
Got any advice for this homesteading beginner?
I am trying to figure out what to do first on my land after my house gets built. Start with an orchard? Backyard grass? Garden? Animals? Bees? Pasture? And what kind of irrigation… flood or sprinklers? So many choices! Got any recommendations for homestead planning? Best books? Any and all advice is welcome. Oh and please remind me to slow down…my mind is going 90 miles an hour!