life is full of our wee little unexpected and beautifully frustrating complications. we've been looking to buy a house and land - because we can't afford to pay rent. doesn't that sound backwards? but we'd rather be investing in the future, than living month by month. and honestly, i want to grow some perennials - really massive rosemary bushes and asparagus and peach-plum-pear trees that i know i'll be around to harvest. so we're hoping to buy land.
right now the leading option is located 15 miles from downtown waco - or a 15-20 minute drive. 4 acres. with a round pen. perimeter fenced. and a large barn/storage building. with utility and water hook-ups. $60k. and seeing as we're poor - and prefer the challenge of living simply - we're thinking of living out of a finished section of the barn. which will basically be like living on a bus. hopefully. (doesn't help that i'm reading a book called Twelve By Twelve right now . . . ) so our future plans - or at least our discussed dreamings - include:
- building a wrap-around porch (which will double our living space - and force us to be outdoors - piddling around with the sheep or the gardens)
- perennial orchard - with all the fruit tree goodness, grapes, blackberries, rhubarb, asparagus, herbs - medicinal and culinary, and wildflowers galore
- sheep. we'll probably apply for a texas department of agriculture young farmer grant - which will give us $5k or $10k if we match funds. we're interested in keeping our land mown - and i - in the art of shearing, carding, spinning, dyeing and beyond. (see awesome cyclo-carder below. i want to build this!)
|cyclo-carder from felt the sun|
- wood-burning stove, solar panels, rainwater catchment. any of the aforementioned. as we will be living in a tiny space - this means low utility cost. but we have a large metal roof - so we might as well put 'er to good use.
- i want an outdoor kitchen. built-up with a lovely cob oven/stove/grill that we hand build. complete with some old reclaimed cast-iron sink. and ready for processing all the harvested goods for market.
- and i'd like an outdoor bath/shower. a solar-heated shower would be lovely. and we'll plan on growing some evergreens or some sort of privacy barrier so we can bathe out in the open country air.
|move-able sink for the out-of-doors|
lord only knows what we'll do when the babies enter the picture . . .