We started our journey to homesteading in midsummer of last year. As we keep working and planning, things just seem to get crazier and crazier.
At the first of the year, we bought our land. 18 rugged acres with nothing but a creek, some young trees, and a ton of briars.
We started working. We started some clearing for the driveway (1000 feet or so) and the area for the eventual house and barn. We have a 3.5 hour drive from where we live to the farm, so not too far but not around the corner either.
A problem we ran into was time. We both work full time jobs AND run a moderately successful online etsy shop. That means on a handful of days a month to drive up and work on the farm. Tent camping up there was really a pain, so we tended to settle on day trips. 3.5 hours up…work until dark…then drive 3.5 hours back. Long days for sure. We kept exploring the possibilities for some sort of structure for overnighting.
That’s when the crazy happens…
We ended up being given ( just in the lastfew week)
1. A good used pop up camper.
2. A brand new wood chopper (3″ capacity)
3. A full setup to run the pop up on solar.
4. A 2004 Ford f150 xlt.
To end up with all of these Maria and I had to drive from the coast of North Carolina to just south of Chicago and back in two days off of work. I felt like we were in a bad remake of Smokey and the Bandit. We had a long way to go and a short time to get there. Well, we made it and we’ve got a pile of resources for the farm now. A huge windfall, but crazy and overwhelming.
I don’t have a photo of the truck yet, but you’ll see it soon.
A good (and not so crazy) thing that happened on this trip was that we had the opportunity to stop at the farm for just a bit. Those briars that we have been fighting and cussing since the beginning of January are covered in berries.
We are super excited about the berries. So, on the next trip, as I get a good spot cleared and leveled for the camper, Maria plans on picking as many berries as she can carry. She’s planning on canning and making jam to fill her extensive mason jar collection. I think that she will have plenty as about 15 out of 18 acres are absolutely covered with vines.
So this week we’ve had a bunch of crazy and then some berry picking. We hope that you all have a wonderful week, and if it turns crazy we hope its the productive crazy. Enjoy life and just hang on for the ride.