Yeah, so the blog every day/every week/twice a month went by the wayside. Life got complicated. Depression set in. Feelings of being overwhelmed and inadequate to meet the tasks of this raw land swamped the boat before we even put it in the water.

But, at long last, we are finally starting to put a plan in place.

A real plan. Not some half-baked, let’s get it done, it should’ve been finished yesterday plan. I think part of our problem was that we had animals to house and care for immediately so we threw some things together for them but we never meant for those things to be permanent. And our neighbor was all gung-ho about building a fence and kept pushing us into a plan that we didn’t have time to think through. And the excitement of finally, after so many years of wanting our own land, actually having our own land was mind boggling.

So we’ve settled down now and are putting in the first real structure – a chicken coop. Exciting, I know. I lived in England for a while and I always loved that they had buildings lined up along the sides of their farms kind of like a dual purpose fence so it was always in my mind to do that with Turkeywoods. Only I also liked the idea of having a path all the way around the place so I could drive a Mule along the fence and to give us a barrier from our neighbors in case they sprayed chemicals and such on their fields or animals got loose or fire fighters needed a path through. So the chicken coop is 8 feet off the fence line in line with the existing barn. A long gate will go between them on the north side of the property and a huge brush pile will set on the east side of the chicken coop right up to what is now the power pole, making up a 60 foot section of fence on the north.

The north slope of the roof will be short and steep while the south side of the roof will be 8 x 20 with a more gradual slope to it, a gutter on the long side will catch rain water and hopefully keep our animals and garden in water for the year. I plan to build a filter of sorts using a trash can layered with coconut coir, lava rock, sand, and charcoal to catch debris and give some resemblance of clean water. Boiled it could even be consumed by humans or at least used for laundry and washing dishes. Our tank is only 500 gallons right now though, not enough for humans and animals and garden for very long.

The other addition to the farm has been these two beauties. Gigi and Gin. Not sure how I lived without them before now. They are racked out in this pic after a grand time shredding a newspaper. Gigi always sleeps on his back like that. Weirds me out. Lol.