So Homestead might be a strong word for what amounts to Country Living in North Arkansas.
But it seems to fit our notion of a lifestyle away from the hustle and bustle of heavy traffic of the big city.
While we have been clearing and working on our place over ten years, mostly it has been a week or two a couple times a year as we have been able to squeeze in a bit of time and money for the project. June of 2015 we pulled in loaded with everything we hadn’t already brought in.
The remaining part of 2015 was getting a bit of additional land cleared we needed to do for getting our new home in place, trenches for water, electric, phone lines, septic lines, septic tank, d-box, drainfield lines etc. As with any outdoor projects, weather is a factor, and while you can accept that it will impact they when and why you do things, it can still be a bit on the frustrating side for how long it ends up taking to accomplish something that in our minds should only take half that time or less. And then too, we aren’t as young as we used to be. Prayers and the Lord’s blessings kept us on track for where we needed to be.
It is coming together. We have electric power where we need it, water well, water lines, phone and internet service, and even propane for the cabin. OFF – GRID is not what we are trying to do for sure.
The garden is coming along, albeit slower than we had hoped, but now it is fenced in and some of the raised beds are in place and growing.
Early on, we started with adding some chickens, 15 in the first batch. Turned out a third of the pullets we bought from the local farm supply were roosters, and 4 of the 5 that were supposed to lay blue eggs were amongst the 5 roosters.
That has expanded, and though we have lost too many free ranging chickens to the abundance of predators, the flock continues go grow and thrive.