Little catch. There is no house on it. Which is fine, that's what we wanted, to build our own farmhouse. But we had to sell our house when we bought the land and it takes a year to develop plans and build a house, so because we didn't want to live in a tent all winter, our little family has moved into a 2 bedroom apartment. In two months we went from living in our house to buying the land, selling our house and moving to an apartment. Big upheaval for sure! I'm sure Liam doesn't know what to expect next! Adeleine would be happy living in a box so she's fine.
So what are the next steps? Finishing the house sketches Andrew has literally been working on for half of his life. Getting a small builder to work with us to finish the design and build the new place. We will need to start with the basics of running power half a kilometer to the site, digging a well and putting in septic. Skipping ahead to once the house is built and we are all moved in (maybe the end of next summer???) our plans are
1. Open the back door and let the kids run wild.
2. Get a dog
3. Plant a giant vegetable garden in the spring
4. Get a few ridiculous looking chickens like these or OMG this one or THIS one! (Seriously, we'll be getting some regular egg laying hens but at least one of our chickens will be ridiculous looking purely for entertainment purposes. I just want to wake up every morning to Tina Turner and David Bowie Chicken and laugh my ass off.)
5. Find some animals to love the pasture again (either ours or a neighbours)
6. Run some natural walking trails through the land (probably just follow the existing animal trails)
7. Follow pretty much all the principles of permaculture including forest gardens.
|Happy face on the new land!|