Hello, and welcome!
I am the Re-Farmer.
I grew up on a farm, left at age 18, and have been living in the city for pretty much all of the last 30 years. I’ve married, had kids, home schooled them, and moved more than a dozen times, following my husband’s work. The girls are all grown up now, but I managed to convince them that they didn’t have to move out, just because they turned 18. Thank God we did. Over the past few years, a back injury has left my husband disabled, now reliant on a walker and in constant pain. They have been incredible about helping us out.
Meanwhile, things have changed on the family farm that has left the house empty. After much debate, we accepted my mother’s request to move back to the house I grew up in.
There are going to be some pretty massive lifestyle changes involved in going from downtown city living, to rather isolated country life.
This will be our story.
We are now all moved in, and discovering the quirks of our new old home. For the first year, our focus will be on finishing packing up my parents’ things to put in storage, finding and prioritizing what needs to be done around the house as we clean it up – or when things start to leak, break or fall apart – and going through the main yard to see what is already there, what needs to be fixed, pruned, or gotten rid of, and plan on what we want to add ourselves. Do we want to garden? Have chickens or goats? Do we want to build an outdoor cooker? What do we do with all the downed trees? Is that log shed with the caved in roof worth salvaging?
Join us in our journey of discovery.
Update: one year gone by
Well, our first year has certainly been an adventure.
The house and property turned out to be in worse shape than expected. There isn’t much we can to about the state of the house, due to limited finances, but the past summer was focused on clearing out garbage from the various groves of trees around the yard, as well as cleaning and pruning. There were few working tools and equipment left by the time we got here, so we are making do, even as we slowly replace things that were taken. Sadly, at the same time, we are dealing with a situation involving someone who has been vandalizing things. Just before Christmas, there was another incident that we finally have proof for, so the police are now involved.
A lot was accomplished the past year, and there is still much more to do. Ultimately, even with the difficulties and challenges, this move has been a good thing, overall. The relative peace and quiet of country living has been better for my husband’s health, we are loving having deer regularly coming into our yard, feeding them and the birds where we can see them out our living room window, and taking care of what is now 13 outside cats. Oh, and the skunk has been showing up to eat the cat food, too. 😀
In the spring, we plan to continue cleaning and clearing the inner yard and groves – maybe even get a garden in, even if it’s just the small one by the house – get started on the outer yard as well. Little by little, it will get done!
The adventure continues, and I hope you will continue to visit and share our journey!