Talk about an ordeal. We'd hoped to move in June, or at least in July. But we had to wait for the crazy tenants to finally vacate the premises. Um, can we say end of October? And the place was a mess, with trash scattered everywhere, in and out of the house. On that topic I should note that trash pick-up is not available out in the boonies here, and they evidently did not make many dump runs.
Thankfully, the old farmhouse is sturdily built. While it has needed extensive cleaning, and will require some minor repairs, overall it is habitable, and will be quite nice in time.
In addition to the trash, much of the 26 acres is badly overgrown with blackberry brambles and other brush. The goats don't seem to mind being put to work on some of that.
We certainly have our work cut out for us! We are still unloading and unpacking boxes, and trying to figure out where to put many of them. There is a large "shop" that--it if were clear--could hold most of what is needed, and my hubby is trying to get to work on that. The chickens and ducks are getting settled in. There are a few raised garden beds, a bit trashed and quite overgrown, that I'm hoping to be able to get some cover crops growing in at some point. ... The list keeps stretching longer and longer.
One big problem? No internet at our house. Eek! I understand that many of our neighbors do have it, but there is no more service available for us (bandwidth or something?) Maybe in 6 months or so .... We may be able to get satellite, but in western Oregon, with clouds and rain being the norm, such service may be quite sketchy. Sigh. Well, I guess that gives me more time to get out and do the things that need doing.
Anyway, son-in-law is working to pay the bills, daughter is planning and working around the place, and hubby and I will be filling in as much as we can. Our youngest son may also move in for a time. We'd all like to see that work out. It all feels a bit overwhelming just now, but we just keep putting one foot in front of the other and step by step we'll find our way along. We are hopeful that the farm life here will become a productive and sustainable life for us over time.