If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times, when we started our homestead seven years ago we never expected to “homestead”. Yes, we wanted to be out of any subdivision with covenants and a homeowners association and we wanted to be outside of the reach of city ordinances and away from all the lights, but did we ever expect to try to grow all our own food or be worried about soil health and compost, no.
Which is one reason why this video is so precious.
Seven years ago today, on Cinco de Mayo (as it would happen), we spent our first night in our new home on our new land. We slept on the floor with out water, power, or anything to make it comfortable, but it was ours and we wanted to soak it in.
If you look closely you can see that we wasted no time having chickens on the property – there is a poorly made make-shift coop put up next to the house before we ever even had rock for a driveway! I guess we already had the bug of self-sufficiency and didn’t even know it.
What memories do you have of when you first started your homestead or moved into your current home? It amazes me to think about how much as really been done in 7 years, and yet I cannot help but ponder how much more could have been done if I were able to work the family farm for a living.
Our perspectives sure have changed over the last 7 years. We wish we had more land, less home, and a better climate! The climate bit being a lot harder to change than anything else, buy hey, what are you going to do.
If you got a chance to start over would you set up a camera 20′ up a pine tree and time lapse your progress? It sure is interesting the memories that watching this video stirs up. I can even still remember walking that property for the first time, the first tree I decided to cut down, the first food I tried growing.
We’ve certainly learned a lot of lessons since then, and it’s been a pleasure sharing a lot of those with you.
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