I am Alex, married to a Welsh lady, and dad of 3 little girls, leaving in a small farm house between a prairie and a forest. So far, not bad for our Ingalls family re-enactment.
We have been here for 4 years now, doing up the house (a 350 years old (or so) stone house) and doing the garden, planting some trees, raising chickens, rabbits and pigs (kune kune, we dispatched / butchered our first one this weekend). We are also homeschooling and I am working full time, so things are not going as fast as we would like !
The chickens coop was already there, and the pigs are staying in one of the outbuildings. I have attached pictures of one of the rabbit movable tractor I made (for some reason which must have something to do with my poor IT skills, I can't paste the pictures into the text of this post, sorry).
I'm adding a screenshot of our land (1.1 hectare). things are also slow because I can't make a decision on how to use the land ! if you have any advice please don't hesitate, but it's hard to say from just an aerial picture
North Field and South field are used by a neighbour (he gives us some money for taking the hay in one and putting his milking cow a few weeks per year in the other), but I could take it back whenever I can think of a use for it (greenhouse and rows of potatoes etc . ? planting some super-willows for our Esse woodburner?)
We have split part of South Field for the pigs' fields. I am now considering using [i]pig field 1[/i] to increase our veg patch (greenhouse + rows of potatoes, beetroots and pumpkins/squash for the pigs) as well as adding a pond. There would be a good rain catchment there (+ water from all the guttering of the house) and if we decide on doing a grey water system (that's "phyto-épuration" in French) it could go in there too.
So I might have to change the fences for the pig again, which would be a pain, with it being done already and the pigsty being at a perfect location as it is. Oh, well, another day another[strike] mistake[/strike] learning.
I might pop some more pictures of the veg patch, house, pigs etc if I find the time and if you fancy having a look at them !