Yes, I have all of the updates. Some good some bad. I have learned a lot about myself and how much time I have each week to make progress on our homestead.
We are going to be selling the house we are currently in. For a variety of reasons, the biggest two being the house is too much house for just the two of us and the other is, that I don't have as much time to commit to homesteading as I thought I would. Originally we wanted to do a food forest which would be perfect for the property. By the time I would get my garden chores done, general house upkeep, and my 'real' job that pays the bills, I had nothing left over. Forget the chicken coop I wanted to build, or the greenhouse addition on the garden, or even planning for the food forest. Whenever I had extra time it was spent on the garden or maintenance work on the house. Things like invasive weeds that need to be cut back, or trees that have come down too close to the house that need to be removed. Or it is time to weed wack the 500-foot driveway up the hill since the plants were pushing in from both of the sides.
I realized I couldn't keep up with it all, plus make progress on my homesteading goals. OR I needed a ton of money to pay for help and that wasn't going to happen. So I started looking at properties that were more suited for a beginning or someone who only had weekend hours to get major projects done.
In Feb we found a place that was 20 minutes down the road closer to Shelton. It's a smaller lot but it has had animals in the past and it is FLAT. We couldn't deal with the incline of our current property. It was too much for us to handle. Maybe in ten years after we have more experience under our belts.
General detail: 2.5 acres, flat, some wooded area mostly pastures, barn already on the property, and it was a big fixer-upper. The purchase price was less than what we paid for this house. So by making the switch we will be reducing our debt and be closer to our long-term goals. It would free up cash in the long-term once we sold this place to do some of the bigger projects.
For the past several months we have been working on the new house so we can move in during August. We have built an office for my husband in the barn and a freestanding office for my business on the property. We still need to get electricity out to my office but we are working on it. The next big goal is a greenhouse. The garden is already in, though I am only visiting it a few times a week for upkeep.
Other things I have learned: I love the area. Hoodsport and Shelton are great areas. The climate is great and the community is also really good. At the new place, we already have met the neighbors, one has heavy equipment for digging, bushwhacking, and such. A good friend of ours has also purchased a place in the neighborhood we are moving to, and it will be very nice to have someone 4 houses down who lives as we do. Our neighborhood is a 'horse' community so it has some interesting rules that actually protect homesteading rights. I thought I would never buy a place with a HOA.
Outside of the house updates. We have found a butcher that will process your own grown animals like deer, cows, pigs, and lamb. More local meat sources besides that, and a small great town that usually has what we need. Then in Olympia, I found a great local resource for heritage breeds for chickens and ducks. So if you have any questions let me know! I am also connecting with other homesteaders in the area.