10 July 2011
social commentary Sunday . . . 'do you share your hopes & dreams, outloud??'
As you can probably tell, i don't suffer from lack of confidence, ditto for my children. Like them, i was filled with hopes & dreams, the world was my oyster, perhaps more than our fair share of compliments, but . . . why not?? I was chatting away to some unsuspecting listener about our plans to buy 100 acres, build a homestead & start a farm . . . she said "but what if it doesn't happen?? Oh, gosh, i'm pretty focused on it actually happening, but if it doesn't, well, what is the harm in dreaming for it anyway, or telling the world about my hopes & dreams?? It's my life anyway, is it going to affect yours??
My world view is pretty much 'bigger picture', i have a bunch of children to raise, elderly parents & a husband who goes to war, my farm dream is nice, it's in a safe happy place in my heart & it's a beautifully positive family experience we really want. Not to mention budget/ affordable & clean/ healthy/ simple living. What a lovely place to retire to.
Do you ever take your children somewhere that feels SO RIGHT?? We know this is the best decision - our children never stop running, they want farm animals & lots of space. We pulled up at the farm block we're interested in & they all leapt out of the car & started running up the hill, like it was so familiar & natural.
These photos are all of the one & only property we looked at, 100 acres & a bonus, huge hill - i wasn't sure if my husband wanted flat or hilly, he loves the hill!! There is a fantastic flat spot for a house, pool & pony, yay!!
Huge windbreak & 2 dams, this property is broken into 2 paddocks.
I really love this part of Australia, i really want to live out here.
When my husband said he saw turtles, i never thought we'd get the children back in the car!!
We plan on going 100% solar but with power there, we could put electricity back into the grid. I keep saying "we're not greenies, or environ-mental, it's simple budget sense".
Each time we stopped (every few hundred metres) the children would hop back in the car with all their enthusiastic plans for tree houses, animals & quad bikes.
It was so windy, i did a wonderful impersonation of the Queen with my scarf over my head to protect my ears & wave to my subjects.
I think we'll be putting in some wind power too??
Whether we buy this block, or another in the 'hood, we like this area & it feels so right. Thing is, with another 18 months of my husband living interstate & overseas, we're just not ready to buy right now.
It's fun dreaming, planning & i'm pretty sure we'll put our money where our mouth is & buy a farm in the next 6-12 months so i can start planting, getting the homestead drafted & all those fun approvals for the barn & pool through council.
As for the car trip - we let them come with jammie tops on under their overcoats, with jeans & gum boots over the top. Look at my middle daughter's hair all blown apart!! A few toys, fruit & books made for a calm journey. We will need a more economical car though, it will be a whole lot of driving (well twice as far as i'm doing now).
So, do you dare to share?? Do you keep things to yourself until they are absolutely, positively, penned in, definitely, set in stone going to happen?? I don't exactly wear my heart on my sleeve, but i am so surprised when things don't go right, but i have no shame in hoping & dreaming outloud!! Love Posie