Ok – It is November 2016 and I am starting to feel like I am getting on top of things. The house I moved to bare land is totally liveable and I am hopeful that we will have a bathtub in the next 2-3 weeks. Something I am really looking forward to.

The TruckFarm is still alive and well although I have taken it off the road while I get other things done. Like so many other people I could use a couple more of me.

For those of you who are new, a couple years ago I purchased 2 acres of raw land in the Fraser Valley and moved a log house from San Juan Island to my property on Bear Mountain.

It has been a steep learning curve.

IMG_1013.jpgFirst we had to clear some of the land and put in a driveway. And moving a house is no small task – but I will try to do a post dedicated to that. We had to bring in all the utilities as well as put in a new 336 ft deep well, a septic system and water filtration system all of which require a degree of maintenance and upkeep. We had to do perimeter and cross fencing to help protect everyone who lives here – including the bees, bunnies and chickens. There will be goats here as soon as the pole barn is finished – we have a roof but are a bit short on walls. Then there is the orchard, green house and raised beds.

Today I finally finished planting about 1,200 garlic (I lost track after 950). I am trying out a few heirloom varieties including: Chesnok Red, Susan Delafield, Northern Quebec, Italian Artichoke, Deep Purple, Persian Star, Yugoslavian, Puslinch, Uzbekistan, Doukhobor Russian, Saltspring Extra Early, Yugoslavian, Russian Red and Metechi. I may have gotten a little carried away. (Nothing new there!) I am debating whether I will put in some Music as well.

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A friend just sold her house and is rehoming her koi with me so we are also racing to get a large pond completed. We are trying to reuse as much as possible to build it. So far we have old carpet donations from three people and I am picking up another one tomorrow. The carpet is being used as an underlay to keep the liner from being damaged by rocks or roots. As you can see, once again I might have gotten carried away, it is a rather big pond.

There is so much I want to tell you all but so little time to spare right now. I feel like I should do a post for everything we have going on – again, getting carried away. I will leave you with this one last parting shot that will give you an idea of why I fell in love with this place.

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