Its Official…

Lone Robin

‘It’s official… our homestead is ‘unofficially’ up for sale… the right buyer… the right price… we’re gone!’

This is the status I posted today, on social media…

I couldn’t believe the responses I’d received!

Some were well wishers, congratulating us, having been forewarned that we were praying for wisdom as to whether we should or shouldn’t move… However, I got the impression that they expected us to be leaving our little homestead tomorrow!

Most were shocked… they couldn’t believe that we would even consider such a horrid act!

‘What about your dream of homesteading? What about being self-sustaining? Are you giving up?

To that, the answer is a resounding ‘NO!’

Our 5 bedroom farmhouse, which was built in 1890, has been our home for almost 3 years now…

It sits on just under an acre of land, which allows our brood of chickens to frolic happily each day… not to mention, we also have plenty of room for a nice size vegetable garden!

In addition to our home, we have a 2-story barn… and a detached 2 car garage… however, the garage currently houses our brood of 14 chickens…

The previous owners had at least one cow and a couple of sheep in the barn, so they turned the garage into a coop… they had chickens, turkeys and pigeons… just to name a few…

We kept the garage as a coop, because, well, basically, because it’s virtually predator safe for our flock! Although, it wouldn’t take much to turn it back into a proper 2 car garage.

Our home does need some TLC, but overall, it has ‘good bones.’ It’s perfect for someone who is interested in ‘dipping their toe’ into a homesteading, country life!

And, for the person who loves the outdoors… there’s a trail that runs alongside a railroad track… perfect for walking, jogging, bike riding and horseback riding… and, just in case you were wondering… no, the track is not used for trains anymore… although we do have a dozen handcart sized carts that go past on holidays and weekends during the summer…

Yes, there is a lot to keep me from getting bored here… and even though the trail is quite active during the summer, it’s still very peaceful and quiet… and I couldn’t have asked for nicer neighbors! On many occasions, they have helped this ‘city chick’ figure things out with life on a farm — including how to butcher a chicken!

So, why do we want to leave?

There were many factors that came into play for our decision… but the 3 main reasons are these:

First, is health issues… mom has troubles with her knees… our 3-story home has too many steps for her to manage easily… and then, there is the issue of my back… I can push and pull, but lifting is an problem… between the two of us, we equal one full person in strength and stamina…. {{{sigh}}}

The second reason, is that, we didn’t know there were things we should ‘ask for’ when it came to our homesteading needs… like having a source of water in addition to a well… a spring or creek… something that our livestock could use for drinking…

Besides the creek or spring, we desire to have a ranch style home… having everything on one floor would keep mom from having to deal with steps…

Since mom is now on the first floor, I’ve had to move my office upstairs… this is not exactly appropriate, since I don’t like the idea of clients being taken upstairs to the sleeping quarters for my food business…

And finally, I need to have a workshop… somewhere I can work my secondary business… flipping furniture… lugging heavy furniture up and down stairs is not something my back can take…

Yes, it’s true that I could turn the barn into a studio… but then, we come back to the number one reason we are looking to move…

Moms knees… 

So yes, we are looking to sell our home… I don’t expect it to happen over night… we have a lot of ‘mucking out’ to do… it’s amazing just how much stuff we have accumulated in such a short amount of time!

I have loved my time here on our little homestead…

I will miss it…

But, life happens and things change, so yes, our little homestead is ‘unofficially’ up for sale…

With the right buyer, and the right price, we’re outta here!

In the mean time, I expect to be putting in full days just trying to sort out what we will be keeping, selling, or donating…

~ Sheri

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Desperate for change, I left the city behind and moved to the country... I am obsessed with raising chickens, old barns and cooking from scratch. Welcome to my homestead!

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