well! this is progress at last! let's start with Lorne G. i think i know where you live, my hubby and i were looking at a property of 80 acres near choiceland when we were first searching for land, we didn't buy it but we often drive by it on our way to town and we have noticed an unfinished cabin popped up with a modest solar array on the south side. i bet that's you! well next time i get my horse rigged up for a cart ride i had plans of popping by to make introductions. just now the horseflies are still bothersome during the day so don't expect me yet - it'll be another couple weeks till they taper off some more. perhaps i'll aim for the first or second saturday of october?
on to Rick LaJambe. from your other post i gather you and your family sound like a fair match for us. we were hoping to find people with kids of a similar age to ours. Our oldest girl is turning 4 in Nov and our youngest is 2 and a half. having kids brings dedication and focus to life and it would be a relief to have that most basic thing in common to start with. however, when we were looking for land we found that BC was simply too far out of our price range since we wanted to buy our land outright and own it without a lifetime mortgage. as such, would you be willing to consider Saskatchewan? just in case you have any stereotype predjudices and think all of sask is "flatland" - it's not. we are almost completely surrounded in trees and our woodlot takes up more than half our property of 24.4 acres. we live in an area on the the border of the massive boreal forest and is about as north as you can get and still have arable land.