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Hi there!

Just bought myself my own homestead here in Norway. Doing this by myself, so its going to be quite the adventure.
But I'm taking this slowly. I have lived here 4 months now and acutally started noticing I started on doing things way too much and too fast. I think its easy to do that when you finally live your dream, you want everything done, good and ready at the same time. But, I realised yesterday that  I wasnt feeling too well, so now Im lsitening to my body and taking this slow. One thing at a time. There is really no rush anyway!

If you want to follow me on my journey: One-woman homestead

Hope you are doing well,

Heidi
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Welcome to Permies!

I look forward to seeing more of what you do with your new homestead.
 
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Thank you!
 
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hi from canada and love your place you'll have very strong legs in no time, will be difficult and like you said take it slow. In winter gotta walk through deep snow and it sucks but mayaswell keep going forward.
 
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Hello Heidi ,  greetings from Finland 😊🇫🇮.
I am also doing this on my own, as you have realised take things slowly, I did the basics in my first year and then just observed what happened through the year, simple things like where gets the most sun — shadow, where the rain water runs, ohbyes and keeping paths clear when you have snow….the shorter paths the better😉🙂.
Its a wonderful adventure, you will love it😊.
 what animals do you plan to have?  I had sheep and chickens.
please keep posting and let us know how its going.
Enjoy😊
 
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Nicola Harris wrote:Hello Heidi ,  greetings from Finland 😊🇫🇮.
I am also doing this on my own, as you have realised take things slowly, I did the basics in my first year and then just observed what happened through the year, simple things like where gets the most sun — shadow, where the rain water runs, ohbyes and keeping paths clear when you have snow….the shorter paths the better😉🙂.
Its a wonderful adventure, you will love it😊.
 what animals do you plan to have?  I had sheep and chickens.
please keep posting and let us know how its going.
Enjoy😊



Hi there, so good to hear from someone who has been doing this for a while. I haven't been able to find that many who do this solo, so its great to get some advice.
So good to hear that you are doing well.
I plan to have the same as you, but I also have angora rabbits that I use to wool for yarn. I have to build a chicken coop first though. Thats the first task now after doing a lot of more important things that had to be done to be able to live here. This homestead hadnt been lived in for 20 years.
I would love to hear more about how your days are.

Thank you, and have a great day.
 
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Kenneth Burningham wrote:hi from canada and love your place you'll have very strong legs in no time, will be difficult and like you said take it slow. In winter gotta walk through deep snow and it sucks but mayaswell keep going forward.



Thank you, and yes there certainly is enough snow here!
 
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Hi there Heidi, and greetings from Finland!
I have just been starting my homesteading journey too, we bought our place with hubby in 2021. I really do feel you when you talk about the doing too much -thingy.. I would’ve done too much and probably wasted my time while doing it by not knowing the land yet, but thanks to a newborn I didn’t have the chance! 😄
I did feel bad about ”not getting enough done” but later realized that many of those plans I had would have not worked the way I thought and now I have came up with better ideas!

I’m really glad I didn’t put up the 30m2 greenhouse that I really really really wouldve wanted to do almost as the first thing, and the plans have been refined since for so much better.

As you said, there’s no hurry now. But oh the exitement and eagerness to do stuff now that it’s possible…

I’m exited to follow your journey!



Oh and hi there Nicola, nice to find someone else from Finland too!
 
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Hi Saana,  hello from Savonlinna😊,  where are you?  it would be so great to meet you, see your place and swap ideas etc….
 
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Saana Jalimauchi wrote:Hi there Heidi, and greetings from Finland!
I have just been starting my homesteading journey too, we bought our place with hubby in 2021. I really do feel you when you talk about the doing too much -thingy.. I would’ve done too much and probably wasted my time while doing it by not knowing the land yet, but thanks to a newborn I didn’t have the chance! 😄
I did feel bad about ”not getting enough done” but later realized that many of those plans I had would have not worked the way I thought and now I have came up with better ideas!

I’m really glad I didn’t put up the 30m2 greenhouse that I really really really wouldve wanted to do almost as the first thing, and the plans have been refined since for so much better.

As you said, there’s no hurry now. But oh the exitement and eagerness to do stuff now that it’s possible…

I’m exited to follow your journey!



Oh and hi there Nicola, nice to find someone else from Finland too!



Hi! So good to see so many europeans here. And great to hear about your experience. Congrats with your homestead too! It is indeed good to wait and see the land, a lot of things depend upon how things are through the seasons. So its easy to have to do things twice because of it! Or regrets pop up after not planning good enough.

Im happy to hear delays in plans have had a positive outcome!

Have a great sunday!

 
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Nicola Harris wrote:Hi Saana,  hello from Savonlinna😊,  where are you?  it would be so great to meet you, see your place and swap ideas etc….



Not too far away from you, we are a two hour drive away in Mäntyharju. Maybe we could meet up sometime in the summer, that could be nice!


Heidi and Nicola, how bad are you already itching for the spring to come? There was this one day about a week ago when it turned to plus degrees, sun was shining, snows were melting and I almost went crazy when trying to stop myself from sowing any seeds. It was horrible.
Here’s a good represention of what it was like, I found this from the meme thread in Permies:

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Saana Jalimauchi wrote:

Nicola Harris wrote:Hi Saana,  hello from Savonlinna😊,  where are you?  it would be so great to meet you, see your place and swap ideas etc….



Not too far away from you, we are a two hour drive away in Mäntyharju. Maybe we could meet up sometime in the summer, that could be nice!


Heidi and Nicola, how bad are you already itching for the spring to come? There was this one day about a week ago when it turned to plus degrees, sun was shining, snows were melting and I almost went crazy when trying to stop myself from sowing any seeds. It was horrible.
Here’s a good represention of what it was like, I found this from the meme thread in Permies:



I can imagine! It is easy to feel the spring energy surging when a spell of mild weather arrives! I too can't wait to get started on the seeds. Really looking forward to spring now, soo much snow here!
 
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Hi Heidi;
An absolutely beautiful old home you have acquired!
Your property and the surrounding properties are very nice!
I did not realize Norway had tree-covered mountains (another dumb American...)

Everyone in the northern hemisphere gets the planting bug during mid-winter warmups.
Indeed we also have a bunch of snow in Northern Montana, and we are currently having a January thaw.
It has been below zero or just above and now when it warms above 30 degrees we call it tee-shirt weather!
It will change.
Alas, it is only January 9th...   the worst of winter is yet to come.
More snow and more cold to replenish our water table.
Plenty of time to sit indoors sipping your fav. hot beverage and dreaming of projects and new sprouts pushing up thru the snow!

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thomas rubino wrote:Hi Heidi;
An absolutely beautiful old home you have acquired!
Your property and the surrounding properties are very nice!
I did not realize Norway had tree-covered mountains (another dumb American...)

Everyone in the northern hemisphere gets the planting bug during mid-winter warmups.
Indeed we also have a bunch of snow in Northern Montana, and we are currently having a January thaw.
It has been below zero or just above and now when it warms above 30 degrees we call it tee-shirt weather!
It will change.
Alas, it is only January 9th...   the worst of winter is yet to come.
More snow and more cold to replenish our water table.
Plenty of time to sit indoors sipping your fav. hot beverage and dreaming of projects and new sprouts pushing up thru the snow!



Thank you! We do have trees in the mountains, depening how high up it is. Above 650 meters over sea level it is considered a mountain here. Its 800 meters above sea level further up where I live, and there are still forests there, the trees just don¨t get that big. Around 1000 meters there are rearly any trees, bushes mostly.

Seems everyone has a spell of mild weather lately. A little break from winter, long enough to hope for spring, before winter finally returns again. Well, at least we still are getting longer days as the sun is staying a little longer for each day. Might as well keep resting and rejuvinate for spring!



 
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