I've talked about my Barnheart before. I'm not really into the the raising of lots of animals. At a push if we had the space I would have some chickens and some pigs (to turn the dirt and to sell as a cash crop). I would do it all for growing veggies and willow.
This house is slowly creeping along and what with all the family here over the past few days for all of the funerals, we have come to recognise that a house bursting at it seams, even at a really sad time is better than an overly quiet house. Like it is today. The only noise is the occassional tractor rumbling down the lane and the wood burning stove making its metallic pinging noises from the heat.
My Barnheart, dreams of a home in Devon. Not too big, not too small. Maybe with a really large dining room, as I love to cook and feed everyone.
Everyone is gone now, and I miss the tugs on my legs to help someone or other to the loo, with tricky zippers or buttons for 2 and 3 year olds. Proclaimations of 4 year olds going on 40, that they are big girls and dont need me to stand outside the door incase they fall in. (this happened twice, no Kim Kardashian behinds in my family to keep you from falling into the loo). I miss the little girl hair brushing and special plaits that only Aunty Sol can do. I miss looking at bird books with little boys and seeing what is at the bird feeders. To whose go on minecraft it is. I miss, people all helping with the kitchen jobs and the dish washer stacking... I miss the talking in the night, candles and fire burning. I miss looking around and seeing My people. Yep all gone, for now.
It all steels you. We have to work harder now to get the house finished in double time, hopefully sell it and find a small house with some land. I can cope with a small house in a good location and some land. It will give us the option of adding a larger room later for family shin digs. I am all for family shin digs. (Although I hope the youngest girls grow out of the Frozen stage real quick. Twirling and sassy ass swaying moves, with the screams of the chorus "let it go" have pushed everyone to the edge.)
So I will leave you with Jenna in the above you tube post. I have been reading about Cold Antler Farm for years, I have all of her books. I think homesteading is in all of us.
I'm gonna sign off for now and wander all of your lovely blogs.