Whirlwind. That’s really the only way to describe the last 6 weeks or so. When people say living on land/farm/acreage (whatever you want to call it, it still feels weird to say “farm” to me) is work, they aren’t kidding around. But, its the best kind of work.
Needless to say, blogging about the experience so far has been put on the back burner! We have been working to get things unpacked, planning fence lines, researching animals, and even getting a few along the way.
We picked up a couple of kittens who will eventually be our barn cats a couple of weeks ago. (I keep telling myself YES THEY WILL BE BARN CATS over and over again… to convince myself it will happen when I have a lap full of purring sweeties.)
Their names are “Cya” and “Later”. (Our other cat is named “Howdy”, and the greeting names all started with my first cat, “Hello”.)
It turns out the previous owners left two chickens on the property. Charl (my oldest) has named them “Henny” and “Petunia”. No clue where he got those names, but they are pretty darn adorable. After finding an entire HOARD of eggs (19!) they had been hiding, and clearing that out, much to their dismay, they are now regularly laying in their hen boxes. We get 1-2 eggs a day! It’s the boys job to go collect the eggs every morning, and so far, they seem to really like their new chore.
We also got some 3 day old chicks to add to our flock! They are Leghorns and should be really good layers when they mature! (Did you know Leghorn is actually pronounced “Leggern”? I always assumed it was pronounced like Foghorn Leghorn! Ha ha! Learnign new things every day!) Right now we are enjoying watching them grow. Its baffling how quickly they grow!
We also found a good deal on a used tractor. And you know whats crazy? I learned how to operate it! Auger and all! Ha ha! Had you asked me at the beginning of this year if I would know how to operate a tractor by the end of the summer I’d have laughed right in your face.
(Full disclosure. That hanging plant is now dead. My gardening skills need some serious work.)
Our dogs are still at their “grandparents” house most of the time, until we get our fence up. But when they are out of town, they get to come home to us for a few days. These city dogs have taken to country life like fish to water. Watching them run full speed and splash in the pond is really heart warming. I wonder if they think they hit the dog jackpot?
While Gerhard has been busy outside fence building, fishing, and tractoring, I’ve been busy inside trying to get things unpacked, furniture placed, and rooms painted. So far, I’ve managed to get my sewing room and Lillian’s room painted and mostly set up. (Because, lets face it, those are the funnest rooms!) I’ll do a specific post for sure on my sewing room when I have it all finished and organized. Here’s a progress pic for now!
And Lillian’s room, which is mostly done. I have a large wall I still need to figure out decor for, and would like to eventually get a little rug to put in there at some point.
Our fencing is coming along slowly but surely. Rain, a broken spring pin or two in the auger, and a housewarming party have slowed things down. We have all the posts set, and started working on setting tposts today. Still a long way to go, but hopefully there won’t be too many more setbacks. Fingers crossed!
Well, my coffee is gone, and its time to start getting to work! If you’d like to follow us on Instagram, click here! I post very often over there. 🙂