Back in April we got our first little batch of chickies for Scarlett Homestead. Many of you might chuckle and say “Who cares? Who hasn’t done that before?” Well, the answer there is me, friends.
I have a big weakness when it comes to 4 legged animals. Any animal in fact, but especially our horses. And cats and dogs. I also love lambs. Baby pigs. Baby cows. I could go on.
Bees are truly the most wonderful creatures. They transfer pollen and fertilize plants so they can grow and continue producing. Without bees to do this, most plants, flowers and food crops would die off. I have read that one out of every three bites of food we eat is thanks to bees keeping our food growing. That’s sort of a big deal.
Now here is something I can speak to, and actually feel like I know what I’m talking about! Designing and creating our house plans and working with our Architect and Engineers had been the highlight of this project for me.
A while back we decided we needed some help. Which we still do, in many ways, but I’m talking about the heavy machinery kind of help. Tackling manual labor jobs by hand or with small equipment was not something that was feasible for the long haul.
I should probably explain to you who Scarlett is, or why we call the Property the Property, and not the Homestead, when really it is in fact a Homestead. Scarlett Homestead officially, but we still call it the Property. Sorry. What?
When we were in the initial stages of looking at, and then buying this land, we just started calling it “The Property” here at home. Then over time we got invested once we actually owned it and started making plans for what we would use the property for and how it would help make our goals a reality one day. The whole picture really made it sound lovely and homey.
You’re invested in this now aren’t you? You are just waiting for the incredibly exciting story behind our septic design, right? Hold on to your seat. This will be the most boring blog post ever written.
Have you ever heard the term “Land Locked” before? Oh you have? Fantastic! We had not. During our year of trying to purchase this acreage, we found ourselves in a real jam when our Realtor discovered that the land was not a legal piece of land that could be sold, as it was land locked.
Did I ever mention it took us an entire year to actually own this land? I may repeat that now and then because it’s a scary reality, and yes, it did take that long. It took weeks to just walk through the land and clear through to be able to see what we were looking at in the beginning. Then you have your bank and lender issues to walk through. Did you know (this is only true for the time we purchased at – I’m sure things change depending on the market) that most banks will not finance a construction loan for any parcel of land over 10 acres? Oh you did? That’s nice for you. We didn’t.