Well, it all went according to plan, for the first few months at least.
We wanted a hobby farm, or, more accurately, a homestead. Which we could never afford in Central Alberta, so we decided to find something in Saskatchewan. Weeks of short-notice long drives to look at disappointing parcels of land turned into months of determination to find something ‘just right’.
Just Right turned out to be a half-section of land in central Saskatchewan, which my Mom and her partner went in with us to buy. Three hundred and twenty acres of rolling pasture, with a nice fence, a couple of big sloughs and a run-down yard site. For just the cost of a car payment, we were in business…or so we thought.
Mom started building a house, which got stalled when her contractor disappeared into the night…with quite a lot of her money. Then the economy crashed, and my husband found himself working very part-time, with no prospects for decent work. I applied for a transfer which, two years later, is still pending. Such is life.
We got tired of waiting, and applied for a transfer to a different town in the province, which, to our surprise, went through about three weeks later. A rush trip out to scout homes, and we made an offer on a run-down farm house on ten acres…accepted, pending subdivision. I start work at the new location in mid January, and the subdivision could be approved any time between now and October.
So now we need a New Plan, but this two-year journey to get into the countryside is almost over…then the REAL fun begins…