Well, I forked over a pile of money and signed a lot of stuff. Apparently the other folks were signing similar papers about 300 miles away. I walked out with a stack of papers, but no deed. I guess the whole thing will be complete sometime today and I might received the deed on monday or so.
Kinda seems anti climactic.
Still, it feels like there is a 0.1% chance that something can go wonky. So now I wait for the deed ...
I bought a bunch of fiberglass fenceposts and attempted to start to mark the boudary yesterday. Stuff just wasn't making sense. I ended up marking only two out of nine points. After getting home and looking at gobs of maps I now see where things went wonky. I think I'm going to go back this weekend and mark more points.
Congratulations Paul! The culmination of years of yearning and effort. You must be so excited for the future! Best wishes for all you plan to accomplish on this land; I know that you plan a lot. And I'm glad that you are going to meditate long before choosing a name for it; make it a good one : )
Perhaps my favorite quote of all time - because it embodies my new philosophy for saving the world without despairing for the future, and more than anything it marks the shift between the eco-level-2 yuppie "ecoweenie" (as Jack Spirko would say, hehe) who I used to be and the fledgling homesteader I am now working hard to become - I got from one of your podcasts...
“You never change things by fighting the existing reality.
To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
- Buckminster Fuller
You are building the new model. Do great things with it!
P.S. Good luck with your efforts towards 20-person-community-devoid-of-knife-fights, hehe! I think this might be the biggest challenge you have bitten off. Growies are predictable. People are full of crazy.
When the stress levels get high and it seems like your dreams are on the edge of faltering, and we know that those moments will come, remember my other favorite quote (really it's a poem) and act on the wisdom of this great man, a true "gentleman farmer" in the greatest American tradition...
"When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free."
Congratulations , let's see now if you are a true believer or not . am happy for you now you own the land which I think is a lot .
then am happy for my self and the others , for all we get from you from now on would be tested first in your land and proven right
Just got your daily-ish e-mail announcing you had closed on the land! I am so happy for you!! Welcome back to real land stewardship. (now all you have to do is pay the fed's rent on it in the form of land taxes!) still in all I am so happy for you I feel like doing a happy dance!
If I weren't already deeply rooted here in Lone Oak, Texas I'd be tempted to head on up there. But you'd likely make me leave my Bowie knife here in Texas as you object to folks stabbing each other -- joking, honest! I don't even own one. Want one, though as they are useful tools.
Wish you the best of luck, Paul and am looking forward to updates on Permies. Providing you have time to waste sitting at a computer. Now that it's spring my land here in Texas is keeping me busy. It will slow down when it finely gets hot though.
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Very cool! I like Deep Roots too! But I am sure the name will come to you as you work the ground and bring forth the farm. I hope you will be able to document and share. I have learned so much and have so much more to learn. Good luck with the community part too!
I am sooo happy for you Paul....
You have shared so much with us newbees for soo long...And now you get to do the fun stuff.....
Re: naming the farm...
Name it quick - Don't wait....We've had 2 properties now...The first one didn't get named so we referred to it as Del Purto.... The canyon it was in....Never did get past that....The next one, we kept thinking up fabulous names, but couldn't settle on one, so the property is just referred to with the street name..
It's kindda like when you have a child, but once the child is born you have to just choose something...