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I'm excited to say that we are now the proud owners of 6+ acres of land.  This is the first big step toward our dream of living a sustainable life. It's quite beautiful land although fairly heavily wooded right now.  The land starts where the for sale sign is below... ...and continues to the second for sale sign that you can just barely see in this picture. The front has a nice cleared portion (at least an acre) that will allow us to start an orchard and a vegetable garden. There's even a small creek. We're planning to build a straw bale home a bit up the hill past the creek and some of the trees so that we have privacy.  The house will likely be located a bit higher than where Wayne and his mom are standing in this picture. The very tip top of the property has a flat portion that was set up as the original home site.  It will be my bee yard and Wayne has promised me a honey shed to go with it. The day we closed Wayne and I took some lawn chairs and had a lovely picnic by the creek.  We then wandered to the top of the property and enjoyed the quiet while discussing our plans.  I imagine we'll be doing quite a bit of that over the next few years.  I had to go back to work, but Wayne spent the day clearing brush and came home rather content. It's such a relief to finally feel like we're moving forward.  I've been downloading every sustainable living/homesteading podcast I can find and I'm listening to them on the way to and from work for inspiration.  There's so much to think about and so much to plan.