I’m a born-and-raised city girl who has longed for country living since I was a small child. I never really liked the hustle and bustle of the big city I grew up in. I also loved horses and dreamed of living on a farm where I could have my own.
At the age of 19, I moved to Victoria with my best friend, leaving behind our families and boyfriends. Two years later, my boyfriend joined us in Victoria and a few years after that him and I were married.
We had our first daughter, Meredith, in 2007 and moved into a housing co-op with lots of other young families and children around. We loved living in the co-op, but the small yard didn’t offer much towards self-sufficiency or the lifestyle we really wanted. Victoria was smaller and quieter than Calgary, as well as having much better weather, but the cost of living is high and we couldn’t afford to actually buy land.
We had our second daughter, Fiona, last year, and later that same year found a house a little further up island that seemed to offer what we were looking for. It’s only on an acre and a half, and by no means as rural as some places, but it is a good mix between a large amount of land while still being close enough to various opportunities for our children and giving my husband the ability to commute to and from work.
We are now home owners, and diving headfirst into many homesteading adventures for the first time. We share our home with Sebastian and Casper the cats, Sorcha the dog, some fish, and, as of March, some chickens. This blog is to chronicle our journey, as well as perhaps offer tips and advice for readers, and maybe get some of the same in return. Enjoy!