A New Home For Wide Earth

Posted by on February 15, 2014 in All Things Animal, Family Time, Growing Things, Sustainable Living | 8 comments

The gravel road is silent, the crunching and churning from our little moving caravan quieted now. Across from me lie rolling fields, a metal fence marked with a “W” here, a barn roof there, the lowing of cattle drifting across winter weary space. A bird detaches itself from the tree above me, small and brown with a hint of white breast showing, and sails across the road, perching on another tree still somehow clothed in the ragged brown leaves of Autumn. The bird blends perfectly with the leaves; if I hadn’t seen it in flight it would have been lost among the flutter of the long dead leaves. The wind blows and I hop down from my fence-top perch and plant my feet firmly, just for a moment, on the earth, before beginning my walk home through the woods. My footprints from previous days mingle with those of deer, our paths crossed by the light feather tracks of rabbits and something that looks cat-like. The land around the pond is covered in tracks, including the children’s, who have made a habit of bringing out a sleeping bag and sitting by the cold, frozen surface talking, playing, and breathing.

Home!Each day here on our little rented farm is just that, a breath of fresh air that we all longed for and are now so thankful to finally have. We watch the sunrise from the bedroom window as we drink tea and talk over yesterday’s experiences, things we have read, and plans we are making. In the evenings, the sunset guides us home, and I always find that at least one or two of the children sit beside me on the platform in the field as I keep vigil for the sun as it drops behind the silhouettes of the hills.

We walk the land several times a day, observing, drawing, thinking, and planning. One day one of my daughters said that she finally began carrying her asthma inhaler in her pocket when walking, just in case the cold triggered an attack. “I know what you mean,” I assured her. “I always make sure I have my notebook and pen in my pocket.” Thoughts, ideas and inspiration flit through my mind faster than the bird that flew to the other tree, and I have to have my notebook at the ready for fear that they will be lost.

The blue buildings are staying! A few more raised beds to add to the existing ones, so that we can grow more vegetables and herbs for the family and cut down on grocery bills. A bee skep, past the orchard, just one to start. Alice, our landlady, owner of the wonderfully named “Quirky Goat Farm” is always ready to offer advice on our first goats. We are thinking two dairy goats to start, insh’Allaah, hopefully the Saanen and Alpine crossbreeds that Alice will have in April. A close friend in Tennessee has offered us a beautiful pony, trained to be a therapy horse, in Spring as well. Chickens for eggs and meat, and guineas for eggs, meat, and tick control. Yesterday Khalil mentioned maybe a couple of turkeys!

We’ve been blessed to be able to go from dreaming to dreaming and planning, hoping to build each season onto the next. Raised beds!

“Are you looking at long-term?” Alice asked us. With my heartfelt reply of “Yes,” she said, “Good!”

CameraZOOM-20140119142653012 Alhamdulillah, we are looking forward to working the land, raising animals, and living as simply and sustainably as we are able, insh’Allaah, and with Allaah is the success. I plan on returning to posting both here and at Yemeni Journey more often, to share our experiences and knowledge gained. I hope you will join us on our new journey on this Wide Earth!

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8 Comments

  1. As salaamu alaikum mashaa’Allah that is so exciting. I too have been wanting my own lil farm. Alhumdulillah may Allah grant you much success with your homesteading adventure. I love the idea of have having chickens and bees and goats can’t wait for your updates come spring inshaa’Allah!

    • Wa Aleikum Assalam wa Rahmatullah! Ameen! It is always good to find others who have some of the same ideas and hopes as we do, mash’Allaah. It seems like most people think we are just a little bit odd for wanting to live in the country and work towards a sustainable lifestyle! May Allaah grant you success in all that you do seeking His Face!

  2. Ameen! I know what you mean my hubby use to think I was weird too for wanting a farm but now he is all on board alhumdulillah lol. We live in a rural type area now with only enough room for a small garden and maybe a couple chickens but inshaa’Allah we can find something that will allow us to do more. And with 6 kiddos the more we can grow/provide for ourselves the better (and by that I mean not needing the grocery store so much especially with all the GMO and other things going on with our food here) and success is only with Allah!

    • Anything you can do, mash’Allaah is something, alhamdulillah! We have seven children at home now, and alhamdulillah, they are all totally on board with all of this, which is a blessing. Even baby Asmaa does her part, alhamdulillah!

  3. Asalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh. Masha Allah, this looks like a dream come true. May Allah bless you in it. ameen. My 7 year old son really wants to have his own bee hive and make honey “just for mummy and the baby bees.” I will show him this article in the morning in sha Allah to show that it can be achieved alhamdulillah! My eldest son wants to learn how to make a solar powered house, so in sha Allah…I pray Allah takes the three of us out if the concrete jungle we are in at the moment alhamdulillah. Please keep us updated on the bees!

    • Wa Aleikum Assalam wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu, Ameen! Yes, it is actually pretty easy to start with bees, but as with anything, if you are in town you have to check out the rules about them. Hudhaifah, my middle son, is our whiz kid, alhamdulillah, he has come up with some pretty neat ideas for small solar arrays, possibly for electric fences and outbuildings to start, insh’Allaah. Insh’Allaah Allaah will make it easy for you to get on out of the city, but while you are there, just do what you can do, insh’Allaah, as every step is a step, alhamdulillah!!

  4. As-salaamu ‘alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh

    Umm Mujaahid, tabarak-Allah, this is so nice. May Allah subhanahu wa ta’aala bless you and your family and grant you success. My eldest is going to love reading this. She’s into these things too and loves reading your posts, masha-Allah. Baarak-Allahu feeki.

    • Wa Aleikum Assalam wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu
      Alhamdulillah, Ameen! I am glad she enjoys them! Tell her to write and let us know how some of her ideas and projects are going, insh’Allaah. Feekee BarakAllaah!

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