Posted by Jesse Williams
Today we said GOODBYE to our Strathmore acreage and all signs of life in the big bad city of Calgary FOR GOOD!
As you may or may not know, Clay and I both worked downtown Calgary for THREE YEARS after graduating university. The only thing that kept us sane after a long day of city hustle & bustle was our acreage outside Strathmore (45 minutes from Calgary). While I quit my city job and moved back to Hanna last November, Clay stuck it out as an engineer for 10 more months before we FINALLY sold our acreage. While we still don't have our dream house on the farm (in fact we have a single wide in town, quaintly named the 'Dutch Villa') we are one step closer and are very excited to live in the same vicinity again!
In honor of our new beginning, we are reminiscing about our very first home...
It all started in February of 2012... Clay and I purchased our first acreage & then hopped on a plane with the Baron clan to Peurto Vallarta, Mexico. And so began 5 hours worth of flight time devoted entirely to bugging our family about our BIG plans with the new digs! Eventually April came and we moved into our new acreage on a gloomy, rainy day...
We spent all of our extra time to convert our open 3 acres to a mini-farm where we could pretend we were on the ranch
While we were only here for three years, we did make a lot of memories. Some of the most notable included 2 litters of puppies (one for Pickles & one for Ruger), a small herd of goats (including one goat's stay in the house!), watching our home raised colt grow up, and my very favorite, the arrival of our very first niece just 7 miles down the road.
We had a blast in our very first home and we learned A LOT! We now know that you should look at the baseboards of any new home (and stay clear if they are PAINTED & GLUED TO THE FLOOR!), that plaster ceilings are not fun to chip down, and that staining all of the wood planks on your fence is a terribly onerous job (even if Jesse 'promises' she'll get it done). But most of all, we learned that love is truly what makes a house a home <3
Stay tuned if you want to see what ridiculously crazy thing we did next... (and by next I mean less than 24 hours after we got the offer of purchase on this acreage...). Hint: It's coming in THREE pieces and will live at the end of this driveway...We'll be using the hashtag #buildingafarm on social media, so follow along! ;)
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