Yeah, the neighbors weren't pleased.
I love this show! We first watched it before the move, but after we had bought our current home. So the dream, my dream, of a homestead was already alive. But this show brought the dream into focus.
But as much as I love that show, it wasn't until today that I processed the full implications. See, if I want a pretty house with some space, fruit trees and a good sized garden, then we are on the right track. But if I want a homestead, a real one, then my husband and I need to have a serious talk about yard versus garden, and livestock versus acreage.
So. New plan. Discuss with thoughtful and open-minded husband the prospect of turning the front yard, or most of it, into a beautiful and productive vegetable garden. Turn the side area into a fenced pasture for the yet-to-be-decided livestock. And allot the area over the septic for the chickens.
- Less mowing
- Better soil in front of the house
- It can be beautiful (or so I have read)
- Um, no yard! We live in a rural area (duh) which means that the neighbors won't really have a say, but we would still be different from the other houses on the street. It would be a major transition for a girl and a boy from suburbia. And it will make us stand out. I don't like to stand out.
- Where would the kids play? We have two boys who need large areas to run around.
- I can't think of another con, but I am sure there are more. I'll come back to that.
I think this is a question of commitment. Am I committed to being that different and off-base? Are we ready for the full-deal, or are we only playing at the homestead idea? And would that be so bad?
I don't know. I definitely don't have answers. But I am intrigued by the new epiphany tonight. A front yard garden may be the missing link in this dream.