2 years ago this weekend we put in an offer on what is now our home.  At the time it was derelict land, barely visible from the road because the weeds and brush were so high.  After it was finally ours, and the snow came so we could see the land, we realised we had a field we didn’t know about.  We call that Bonus Field.

1 year ago we were barbecuing outside on the driveway as we still didn’t have a working oven or properly clean water to drink.  We owned 7 chickens and hadn’t planted so much as a pansy on our property, having invested every ounce of energy we had into building our house.   The desperation I felt to move in was like a physical presence.  We spent every moment we could here, only returning to our suburban rental when it got too dark to stay out.  We preferred camp fire beans and fresh air to a more plush dinner in town.


I woke to a dark smudge of dusky pink on the horizon, by the time I went out to sort the chickens (wearing a big coat for the first time since spring) the ground was thick with white frost and frozen hard.  The crisp, icy air pinched my cheeks, but the stunning view kept me captivated.  As the sun rises in the east the thick light slowly trickles down the trees of the forest; the forest we look at every day with joy and reverence.

In the last year we moved in, started a farm, raised 4 pigs, 60 meat birds (with more to come), an organic garden and a laying flock of over 60.  Alongside that we’ve homeschooled, adventured and lived together in this wonderful place.  For this, and for the people who  make my life such a joy, I am truly, truly thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!


  1. #1 by Dad on October 8, 2012 - 2:04 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to you too and jolly well done!

  2. #3 by Helen on October 8, 2012 - 3:15 pm

    beautiful yellow plant, what is it? David loves bang for buck when it comes to flowers!

    • #4 by emmalina73 on October 8, 2012 - 5:40 pm

      It’s a chrysanthemum, they call them mums here, they’re traditional at this time of year, lots of pops for your pound!

  3. #5 by Helen on October 8, 2012 - 3:16 pm

    happy thanksgiving

    • #6 by emmalina73 on October 8, 2012 - 5:40 pm

      Happy Thanks giving to you too. Sending lots of love your way xxx

  4. #7 by handstands in the garden on October 8, 2012 - 9:21 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving from Blighty!


  5. #8 by movita beaucoup on October 13, 2012 - 10:56 am

    Hard to believe how quickly things can change! I bet your land is as happy to have found you as you are it…

  6. #9 by Our Growing Paynes on October 14, 2012 - 5:02 pm

    What an undertaking! It must have been nervewracking at times but I have the feeling the rewards will be many.

  7. #10 by redbeetmama on October 17, 2012 - 7:18 pm

    What an amazing and spiritual journey you are…..sending many blessings. Nicole

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