The time has come to test the waters. We’ve got a busy year ahead of us (well 3/4 of a year)!! We had our second son in January. While we’re still very much in the haze of figuring out things as a family of five (must not forget our Jack Russell!), we will embark on giving farm life a go this year. It feels strange, that the time has finally come. We’re excited obviously and I’m scared. Mainly because I scare easily, also because I worry for all 5 of us 🤣
We’ve been planning this for 4 years! On reflection we have achieved a lot already (it’s so important to reflect, so you can celebrate successes and hopefully laugh and learn from mistakes). Some achievements include;
- renovations to the front house
- renovated and sold our Perth home
- created our first business plan
- chose a business name (no easy feat, lots of no ways and whys from both Ashby and I about each other’s ideas).
- rented both houses for majority of time since we purchased the farm
- survived runaway tenants
- survived crazy tenants
- gained organic certification
- completed preliminary market research
- started creating a logo (this is super exciting! My sister has drawn the tree for our logo and a friend is digitising and putting it all together!! Can’t wait to see it and share it with you all)
- renovations to our house, which will make it nice for our arrival. I guess a ‘fresh start’ if you will.
As I sit in bed feeding our newborn, thinking of what is coming. Listening to the cars, the sirens when our whole house is quiet (not a regular occurrence I can assure you 🤣). I wonder what it’s going to feel like in the middle of a forest. Still I will hear the occasional car as we are not far from the highway, the scary noises (I never really got over the whole dark/monsters scary episodes from childhood). Currently we lock the doors being in the city, I know I won’t lose that, although I’m sure Ashby won’t be checking them on the farm. I will likely not venture far once it’s dark and if I do, run back inside quickly or make our dog come with me!
I’ll have to learn things not currently required, such as;
- the art of fire making and keeping it going with temperatures of 5 degrees in February I’m sure we’re in for a big shock this winter!!
- entertaining visitors and dinner stocks without a shop 2 minutes down the road!
- surviving a two year old with no morning park walks (I should be pretty safe here. He generally likes walking around the park picking up honky nuts and sticks!)
There will be plenty more to add to the list I’m sure. We look forward to keeping you up to date on our plans and life on the farm.