Thursday, January 26, 2012

New Beginnings

I grew up as a country girl.  I married a city boy (and I use the term lightly, because he's from Charlottetown!), and we bought a house in an even smaller city, Summerside.  We really enjoy our neighbourhood, but neither of us thought we'd be here long because Craig wanted to move back to Charlottetown and I wanted to find a beautiful rural property with a hardwood stand that included mature sugar maples and clean beech and a pristine stream and an idyllic pasture for the horses, alpacas, and jersey cows I was planning to get as soon as he got his big-screen plasma.  Things didn't work out that way, and we've been in our little urban dwelling for almost five years.  We recently decided to stay another three, before hopefully finding our forever home, a prospect that will take some compromising I am sure!

What does all this history matter?  I should admit that I'm a bit of a planner.  I dream and think and hope and ponder about things for ages before anything even happens to remotely bring them to fruition.  I've been waiting for my rural dream property in order to start the homesteading lifestyle that I've wanted for a long time, probably since I read the Little House on the Prairie books as a child.  I couldn't "farm" in a residential suburban neighbourhood in a small city, now, could I?  Well, that was before I learned about the Dervaes family and realized that if they can have a full-scale farm on one tenth of an acre 100 feet from a freeway in Pasadena, I can work out a passable homestead in suburban Summerside on the Million Acre Farm.

So I'm beginning this blog at the same time that I'm beginning my foray into backyard homesteading here, on this property, at this time.  I have the will, I have the space, and I think I can stumble upon the way, as well.  In the mean time, I'll keep you filled in as I compost, till, plant, harvest, preserve, and do a lot of cooking, parenting, and living along the way.  Right, and planning.  There may be a lot of planning, and I'd be happy for any suggestions as I move forward.


  1. Rosie! I am so glad that you've finally gotten back on the bandwagon and started a new blog! Yay!

  2. Rosalyn,
    It seems we think so similarly, too bad we are 3000km apart. Someday when I visit home we will have to have coffee. Glad to see you are doing well!

  3. So glad to see you blogging again.... I'm already planning my garden for when I'm in a zone 5 again rather then desert! Not sure if you've seen this or not, but I've been checking it out:

  4. Thanks ladies!

    Molly, I would love to have coffee with you the next time you're home. I didn't realize, until I started to see some of the awesome articles you were posting to facebook, just how much we have in common!

    Jackie, you and I are going to have a blast zone 5-ing it up. I can't wait for you to get back here and we can be geeks together again.

    And Bec, I love you and am so thankful for your support and I hope you don't get tired of helping me because it's going to be awhile!

  5. Just like you, this year we have decided to really jump into the growing thing. Cultivating hmm 900-1000SF this year. (I got tired of double digging so the other 500 will have to wait...)

    I'll be stopping back to see what you manage to get up to. :)

    - Cloud

    1. Thank you for your comments! 1000 SF sounds pretty intimidating, particularly when you're double digging! Wow! I'll definitely enjoy checking out your blog, 21 pounds of harvest already this year sounds pretty impressive to me!


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