We're slowly continuing to make progress at The Farm. Although the to-do list seems overwhelming a lot of the time, one thing is for certain, it feels like home.
Most of our big indoor projects are done for now, so we've been focusing on what needs to be done outside. We've raked, weeded, and sprayed...mowed, trimmed, and transplanted. Next on the agenda is to power wash the house and decks, seal and paint those areas as needed, and then hopefully get into some landscaping! My goal is to focus on creating habitat gardens, which This Old House describes nicely in this article. I want as many birds, bees, butterflies, and bats as we can handle...along with any other friendly creatures that want to join us.
We had hoped to get chickens yet this year, but have come to the conclusion that might be biting off more than we can chew at this point. Because we may not see any chicks this year, we plan to engage with the wildlife around us instead. We've already placed many birdhouses throughout the property and plan to hang a Mason Bee hive (or two...or three). I'll post a DIY tutorial on the hives when they are finished and tell you a little bit more about these friendly bees!
When you move to an acreage, your head is full of plans and ideas (at least ours were). But due to this darn thing called 'time'...and our issue of not having enough of it...has forced us to reconsider what should be done now and what can be done later. Priority projects become evident fairly quickly and you have to continuously readjust your expectations.
Here I've went on and on about work, work, work...projects, projects, projects...when I should mention - we're enjoying ourselves a bit, too! There is literally nothing like waking up to the bright, open sky; a light breeze coming through the open windows; and so many birds chirping it sounds like a chorus singing just for you. And at night, walking out to the fields to see how much the crops have grown; watching the sun set; and observing the world quieting down. The peace that The Farm has brought to us (and our pup) makes all of the work and projects worth it!