Let The Homesteading Begin!

With much excitement I write to you from my new home! It has been a month (to the day!) since we closed and moved in, but we are finally settled and the building of our dream in this place we have landed has begun!

As can be the nature of beginnings, our first projects have been humble. It has taken me some time to find a day off from work with which I can tackle a sizeable project. Having first emptied the shed of all its contents and replaced them in a more organised manner, I decided to clean up one of our property boundaries which was marked by a “fence”. Now, I’ve seen many examples of fencing, but in my opinion what we had could only be loosely defined as such. Some rotting pallets propped up against trees, mixed in with a roll of chain-link fence, on top of a pile of buried trash, and partially submerged in dead leaves and brush… does not a fence make. Perhaps I am simply not open minded enough.

In order to create easy access to the site in question it was in need of some weed whacking, so what does this new home owner do having not yet acquired many yard implements that were not previously needed at her in-city apartment? Why, use the weed-whacker she found in the shed, of course!

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Luckily its primitive nature was no burden to me, seeing as I struggle daily to crawl back through time in an attempt to slow the frantic pace of life down. Laughing gaily I whacked away! Before promptly getting distracted by this magnificent mushroom…

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We’ve had an unusual amount of rain of late leading to an awesome abundance of mushrooms. If anyone happens to know what kind of mushroom this is, I would be most interested to know! It’s brown and flat on top, looking much like a pancake, and the flat of it is bigger than my flexed hand.

Meanwhile, my partner Mason arrived home with a shiny new lawnmower causing much excitement (because at this point mowing the lawn is the height of excitement and satisfaction). We have been trying to find something used, for it is our intent to try to reuse and recycle as much as we can, but the stars had not been aligning for some time and the jungle was at our doorstep. The lawnmower was christened “Chippy” and put straight to work.

Having emerged from gaping at mushrooms in the woods, I went to work changing this:

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… into this:

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Again, humble beginnings, but though it is a small thing it feels SO much better and makes me happy.

At this point the hour was getting late, but we were not done for the day! Mason (taking a break from mowing), Ruth (our good friend who currently lives with us and who had arrived mid “fence” demolishing and thrown herself into the fray), and myself moved onto the matter of the fire pit. One already existed, but it had the misfortune of existing on top of the dry well of our septic. It had to go. Or at least go three feet to the left.

I’ve been joking with people that one of the pleasures of owning a house was I could on a whim dig a hole wherever I liked. This had been a wild and humorous example… but why not? Especially if you get to end up with this:

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And what better way to celebrate a satisfying day of work than to roast hot dogs and marshmallows over a fire with a little celebratory flare from some leftover sparklers…

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11 thoughts on “Let The Homesteading Begin!

  1. I can’t believe I missed this, Madeleine! I found it hiding in my Promotions box instead of my inbox due I’m sure to some finicky whim of gmail. Enough of that. What a wonderful way to christen your yard…….welcoming the nature beings back into the space by removing a manmade boundary, taming the grass to make way for your co-creation projects with the devas, and topping it off with a fire celebration. What fun!

    See you soon.
    Love,
    Mum

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    • It is interesting trying to find the balance between human influence and letting nature be nature. I spend a fair amount of time debating if what I am doing is necessary, like mowing the lawn and arranging gardens just so, but luckily a lot of the projects here will be of the de-constructing signs of people sort.

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  2. Pingback: Let The Homesteading Begin! | Grateful Footsteps – WORLD ORGANIC NEWS

    • Hello Roxie D! Thank you so much for following! My partner and I are only two months into homesteading, which means we are still learning most things as we go. If at the very least you can glean inspiration from this blog for your own endeavours that would feel like an accomplishment to me. Follow your dream, even the unlikely feeling can become possible we have discovered!

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