Just before Christmas, we spent about a week on this fabulous ranch in the middle of Texas. It was quiet, spacious, the pace of life was nice and slow. There were lots of animals. Coming back to our little town home in the 'burbs has been rough.
For years, The Husband and I have expressed an interest in getting some land so we can put Olde English Babydoll Southdown sheep on it. (I'm the one who is pushing for the sheep.) We want the space, and the quiet. We want to be able to work with our hands.
Did I ever tell you I did a lot of temp work in accounting right after I got married? I did. I was good at it, too. It's a shame I loathed every minute. I enjoyed my time at Head Start a lot more because, even though it was really rough work sometimes, I at least got to get up and move. During nice weather I rode my bike. I know work that requires you to use your body instead of your mind is mostly frowned upon in this day and age, but I like it a lot better. I'm not using my education in Middle Eastern Studies at all, but I don't really mind much because I honestly don't think I would be happy translating newspapers five days a week, anyway.
I have it all planned out in my head: I want chickens (Easter Eggers and Polish ones), a small orchard (Semi-dwarf trees are easiest to care for - we'd have two trees each of apples, peaches, apricots, and cherries, for superior polination), the Babydoll sheep, and an asparagus patch. Maybe even some grape vines. We would raise the sheep for their wool (mostly for handspinners) and the lambs for their meat (I know it might seem heartless but...I REALLY love lamb, and I hardly ever get to eat it because they don't often sell it in the States.).
The only thing is...how do we get from point A (The Husband with a desk job, living in the Suburbs) to point B (doing work that feels more meaningful, living in a place where we don't hear the neighbors' TV or hot tub parties)? How would we work out logistics? How do most people work out those kinds of logistics?
I can't speak for The Husband, but I, for one, am getting really close to selling all our stuff so we can buy five acres in the middle of nowhere. Sigh.