You guys! The feedback we’ve received across all platforms (and in real life from family, friends, and colleagues) about our impending homestead move has been nothing short of amazing!
Granted, there are those who think we’re a bit off our rockers to leave our current (so lovely) rental, but most come around quite nicely when we explain the situation a bit further.
The monetary savings and berry harvests alone get most to a place of understanding rather quickly, but photos of the new house and property help, too 🙂
Beautiful views and luscious apples aside, there is a lot of work to do on the property just to get the place ready for our homestead move, including (but not limited to):
- securing the fenceline down at least half the property to keep our animals in and others out
- building a goat and chicken barn with a run (see more below)
- creating an electrified run that will lead the goats from their barn, past the produce field/strawberry patch/orchard, and to their pasture each day
- clearing a very wet season’s worth of weeds from a massive portion of the upper property
- burn several piles of debris
- patching and re-sealing the dirt floors
Each project will be quite the endeavor and there’s no doubt I’ll keep you in the loop as we progress, doing my best to take before and after photos.
Our current goal is to try to complete each item on the above list before we move in, though weather and actual time may challenge us on that goal, but our fingers are crossed!
And about that Goat/Chicken Barn…
We have no idea what we’re doing. Truly.
Ok, maybe a slight idea, but we’re pretty overwhelmed at the idea of building a 36×12 structure similar to this one:
We may need to call in reinforcements on this bad boy because…just wow.
The idea right now is to have two separate structures (like in the video) joined by a breezeway of sorts. The chicken side will be 12×6 and really just for sleeping/laying eggs. The goat side will be 24×12 to accommodate our ever-growing herd with space for a couple of kidding stalls and a milking stand. Each side will open up out into a run that can be closed off to secure everyone or opened up to allow free ranging on the property during non-peak growing times.
One detail we haven’t figured out yet is the ducks. We don’t know where they’ll go just yet but aren’t incredibly worried about them as they’re very low maintenance 🙂 Maybe they’ll live in the chicken run to start…?
We spent an entire day last weekend cleaning the new house top to bottom…wiping down walls and surfaces, vacuuming up bugs, dusting ceiling fans, and scrubbing every inch of the bathroom and kitchen. I’m not sure I’ve ever scrubbed so hard in my life…the type of scrubbing that shows you the grout you thought was brown is actually pink.
But it’s done and ready for us to start moving some things over as soon as we’re ready.
Mind you, we still don’t have a moving date/deadline as we still don’t know whether our Landylady will put our current house up for rent or try to sell it, so we aren’t in any rush to move and want to take our time really going through our belongings and only taking what we love and is of service to us at this point in our lives…there truly is no room for fluff in our new home. Lots and lots of love and TLC, but zero fluff 😉
In the meantime, there’s clean up to do here in addition to some purging while doing our best to maintain our sanity and some holiday merriment for ourselves and E, so busy-ness abounds!
How are you doing this week? Any big projects in the works?
Might you have experience with a homestead move like this?
Experience building barns or setting up electric runs from one part of the property to another?
Or maybe you know a bit about dirt floors? Their repair and care?
Oh how I’d love to hear all about your thoughts and experiences!
Wishing you a lovely day and week ahead!