Thursday, January 26, 2012
I grew up as a country girl. I married a city boy (and I use the term lightly, because he's from Charlottetown!), and we bought a house in an even smaller city, Summerside. We really enjoy our neighbourhood, but neither of us thought we'd be here long because Craig wanted to move back to Charlottetown and I wanted to find a beautiful rural property with a hardwood stand that included mature sugar maples and clean beech and a pristine stream and an idyllic pasture for the horses, alpacas, and jersey cows I was planning to get as soon as he got his big-screen plasma. Things didn't work out that way, and we've been in our little urban dwelling for almost five years. We recently decided to stay another three, before hopefully finding our forever home, a prospect that will take some compromising I am sure!
What does all this history matter? I should admit that I'm a bit of a planner. I dream and think and hope and ponder about things for ages before anything even happens to remotely bring them to fruition. I've been waiting for my rural dream property in order to start the homesteading lifestyle that I've wanted for a long time, probably since I read the Little House on the Prairie books as a child. I couldn't "farm" in a residential suburban neighbourhood in a small city, now, could I? Well, that was before I learned about the Dervaes family and realized that if they can have a full-scale farm on one tenth of an acre 100 feet from a freeway in Pasadena, I can work out a passable homestead in suburban Summerside on the Million Acre Farm.
So I'm beginning this blog at the same time that I'm beginning my foray into backyard homesteading here, on this property, at this time. I have the will, I have the space, and I think I can stumble upon the way, as well. In the mean time, I'll keep you filled in as I compost, till, plant, harvest, preserve, and do a lot of cooking, parenting, and living along the way. Right, and planning. There may be a lot of planning, and I'd be happy for any suggestions as I move forward.