Where has the month gone??
Although it is supposed to be winter around here, and things were supposed to have slowed down, I can tell you that right now things are anything but slow.
When we are farming full time, it will be our goal to take the months of December and January off. The animals will be cared for, but that will be it!! Feb 1st will be our start date.
So what have we been busy doing??
I've been painting the trim in our living room, trying to complete my winter house project. Do you know HOW MUCH trim is in a 150year old Victorian room?? A LOT!!!!
We have been reading, reading, and reading some more. To be honest, I've been reading so much about sustainable farming, permaculture, and beekeeping, that I don't have much left in my brain at the end of the day to write!
I've begun training for my first marathon in May. Running 50kms a week takes time.
We have been trying to spend more time with the kids tobogganing, and hanging out.
My husband still works a 60 hr a week day job AND works the farm.
We are also busy planning our 2012 season. This year we are hoping to find ourselves at the farmer's market, and I'm about to attempt a much larger garden than I've ever done before...so I need to plan seed purchases and sow them!
Our chickens will be out on pasture, and we would like to purchase our first swarm of bees, which means construction of a few things as well.
I have to admit that Adam and I are super excited about the future around here. We are patient and are taking one year at a time knowing we can just snap our fingers and have the farm the way we would like it. We are all too aware of the reality that we need to be living completely debt free in order to make a living as a farmer and to live off the land. We have a plan to get us there in 10-15years, but I'll tell y'a. That feels like a VERY long time right now.
All in due time I know. It is so hard having a dream and a plan however and watch my husband go off to work outside of the farm. Our hearts are here and I can't wait until the day we are fully 'home' full time.
So that is it for now. I am going to try to chronicle what I'm up to. Today you will find me in my pj's reading the 'Barefoot Beekeeper', and 'You Can Farm' while keeping the babies quiet while Adam sleeps (he is working nights...oh how I hate nights)
As a side Note: My spell check did not recognize the word permaculture which goes to show you how non mainstream we are trying to go.