Just an old blue collar guy from the East Coast now living in rural Missouri in the Ozarks. It's taken some adjustment as things just seem to happen slower out here. That's ok because the fast paced life took it's toll after 25 years.
We've(me, wife, two kids) lived here for 7 years this time and we lived here for a couple of years about 10 years prior to this time. I wish we'd have stayed but we bit off more than we could chew and got disheartened and went back to FL. At some point we started looking for a place to buy in FL and quickly figured out we were getting priced out of the game or we would in the coming decades. Land is $10k an acre there and while you can get a house for $30-90k or more, a $30k house isn't going to be in the nicest of neighborhoods and I just can't do subdivisions. A money making hobby of mine is working on cars, including paint & body work. I won't be doing much spray painting here and I'm real careful about auto chemicals like oil and transmission fluid.
It took us two years to find a small decent piece of land out here. Most were facing West or North or had bad access or utilities were too far away. One place would have cost $15k to get power back there. We finally found 8 acres with a Southeast facing elevation and the property is triangle shaped that gets wider towards the Southeast, three electric poles across a good gravel road and a major phone junction box which gives us DSL as fast as being right downtown, 20 miles away.
We also recently signed a contract on the adjoining 7.5 acres which puts us at 15.5 acres. The best access to the level part of the 7.5 is across the 8 acres, down the shared North property line. Electric for the 7.5 would be best coming off the pole on the 8 acres at as well if ever desired. They share a ravine that goes from the road, 2/3 of the way to the back/North line so it just makes sense for the two to go together.
2/3 of the combined land is rocky hill due to the ravine but goats should do fine on it as long as I'm careful about soil erosion. I may have to fence off the steep part with myotonic aka fainting goats and people that target practice with rifles around here. Wouldn't want a bunch of goats to tumble down a hill when they lock up and fall. One neighbor is apt to shoot off 100 rounds in a session. We'll see how the myotonic thing goes.
A high tunnel and some permaculture techniques are a couple of other things I want to do. We also need a real house, real shop and would like a pond at the top of the property.
Pardon me if I think out loud here. I tend to come up with ideas and finalize them into a workable plan and I do that by writing, or typing as it were. That means some of what you read here will be short note taking blurbs and things tend to pop in my head while I'm doing this but they don't necessarily pop in order. Some or most of these posts should probably be left in draft until they're more organized and then published but this is a work space for me. I've got a note taking program but if I do everything there, it would never make it on the website because it would remain as just notes. Putting things on the site helps force me to organize things better so that I can come back in a year and understand what it is. I've been known to not be able to figure out exactly what my notes mean sometimes.