Saturday, 31 August 2019

Growing Hope Homestead

Just started an instagram account....... don't know if I'm going to regret that.

I've been talking a lot with Wolfie about the homestead gardens/ animals/ etc and I'm very happy that we overlap but have our own interests. I'm more interested in the annuals & cultivated perennials, and he's more interested in foraging and food forests.  We also have a bunch of non food ideas of what we'd like to accomplish on the homestead and he was very amped up when I told him that Hugslut and I had been talking about the possibility of a community centre that helps the local LGBT & homeless communities, with a tool library, helping people get connected to programs that they need, and a pay-what-you-can dinner.

We're all just hopeful hippies at heart.

Thursday, 8 August 2019

I've come up with what I think is the ideal property listing for us.

Remember this isn't actually real....... as far as I know.

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10 acres total that back onto the Bay of Fundy of which, 5 acres are wooded with some fruit and nut trees through-out as well as some sugar maple, and 2 acres are fenced pasture/hayfield.

The property is hooked up to the electrical grid, but also has a solar/wind array that covered 75% of the previous owner’s usage. Phone and cable lines are connected to the main house and Fibre internet is available in this area.

The spacious main house has a full unfinished basement, newer vinyl siding(2010), and a new steel roof(2017), and a well cared for wrap around porch. It has 3 bedrooms on the upper floor as well as a full bathroom. The main floor contains a large kitchen with enough room for a harvest table, plenty of counter space near the sink and stove, and all the cupboards you could dream of as well as a large pantry off the kitchen. The living room has a large south facing window and a Russian/Masonry style wood fireplace. A half bath + laundry room completes the main floor. Appliances include gas stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, HE washer & dryer(2015)

Above the detached 2 car garage is a bachelor apartment/ in-law suite with it’s own full bathroom and kitchenette. Perfect for an older teen, or as a rental property.

The old bungalow style farmhouse is nearby but a reasonable distance for privacy. Recently wired for electric, it is heated by a wood stove, and is still in great condition. It has a full bathroom and small kitchen with water from the main well. There are two bedrooms off the living room. The previous owner was using it as a writers retreat.

Outbuildings include a small barn, 20x30 poly-tunnel, as well as a 10x15 greenhouse near the main house, and a few small sheds in various states of repair.

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This property would house the 5 adults we plan to have living there full time as well as providing space for dairy animal(s), poultry, hogs, and rabbits and a massive garden.

What do you think? What does your dream home look like?

Saturday, 3 August 2019

Update with bad news

I'm surprised it's been so long, time seems to be drifting quickly. Life was chugging along nicely for me with Aikido twice a week, part-time at work and part-time housewife, slowly digging through & decluttering the backlog of our stuff....

Then, at the beginning of July, Franklin's liver became a problem and his health took a turn for the worse. We worked long & hard with the vet to try to get him back to health... but he passed away July 29th.

Hugslut and I are still working hard towards our goal of a homestead to call our own before 2024, and maybe by then we'll be ready to let a new pet into our life.

On a happier note, Bard has passed his first bar exam and will be a proper lawyer very soon.
I'm very happy for him and wanted to share his success with you all.