This will be our fourth move in four years. Yes, that’s right. Four years ago, someone was interested in our family home in the suburbs, and since all of our children had finished school, we decided to listen to their offer. It turned out to be one of our best decisions. You see, we’d been dreaming of the opportunity to move up to our 1850’s farmhouse full-time, and this was helping us inch closer to our dream. The dream helped us set a goal, and with that goal, we began to make plans.
We decided to rent a small place the first year, allowing us to get to the farmhouse in half the time as it did previously. We ended up having to move again to a couple of more rentals in that same vicinity, due to our leases ending.
And yes, moving is terribly stressful, but I’d once worked in the moving business as a Professional Organizer/Move Manager for several years, so I was able to use that skill set. The real benefit of moving so much is that downsizing becomes a necessity. We were forced to go through our belongings and actually keep only that which we truly needed.
This next, and hopefully last, move will have us purging the very last of the unnecessary, hopefully!
We are nervous and excited all at the same time. Both Joel and I are starting new “day jobs.”
However, we are most looking forward to taking care of our farm garden! In 2015, we became certified as Permaculture Designers. Permaculture is, in a nutshell, regenerative sustainability, especially as it pertains to agriculture.
We have been slowly adding to our food gardens over the years.
When we first bought the property, we inherited the following:
8 viable apple trees (others on the property we leave for the wildlife)
1 patch of rhubarb
Numerous blackberry brambles
Numerous raspberry brambles
4 blueberry bushes
2 elderberry bushes
6 cherry plum trees
1 cherry tree
Lots of perennial flowers, including daylilies and evening primroses
Lots of other various trees, including maples and evergreens
We have learned a lot over the years, especially about how to respect Nature. New discoveries are being made all the time. We embrace the 4 seasons at the Mountain Farmhouse, but I have to admit, I am looking forward to Spring this year! We’ve had more than the usual amount of snow, I believe, and our usual amount is rather ample.
Patience is key. Spring will absolutely be worth the wait.
Our daffodils will show themselves in due time, and then the forsythias. At that point it will be time to prune the roses. And so the cycle repeats itself. I look forward to sharing with you all of our endeavors, both in our gardens and in our home.
Here is a glimpse of my garden right now:
Blessings to all!