Sun, 05/01/2016 - 00:47 #1
Expectations and surprises
Hi all, Just thought I would start a thread for people to comment on how things are going in general on their farms, or in their search for a farm, is it everything you dreamed? Your lessons and wisdom could be helpful to others. I'll start...one year living on my farm. Biggest surprise: feeling lonely. Funny for me as I have always been a bit of a homebody. I am 2hrs East of Perth, don't miss the city in any way, I guess you can feel a bit vulnerable when you realise if anything happened to you and you couldn't call for help it could be days or weeks before someone found you. It makes you very cautious. Best moment: finishing my first fence. Not neat, but I can call myself a farmer now. Biggest mistake: It took every cent I had to buy my farm, I was so desperate to get it. No regrets, i always take the hard road, but I would suggest to others in the planning stages to include all the big purchases in your start up budget, eg tractor, water tanks, pumps, solar panels, house renovations...I thought I had, but it all ends up costing much more than you expect. Greatest lesson: how awesome country people are. It is humbling to mix with people so generous with their time and knowledge. In general: Most of the time I feel like I am making little progress, though the neighbours always comment on how much I have done. The physical work is no surprise as I was raised on a dairy farm, it is very different starting fresh. I am learning to stop striving for perfection and trying to complete one project at a time. The irony is I did more farming in the city than I have done out here! All my time so far has been fixing things, cleaning up and spraying weeds. My plan for now is to keep chipping away, one job at a time. There is no need to rush, things come together when they are meant to. Over to you...