A little over 2 years ago, we walked away from another life. We were living in town, in an apartment, and knew that there had to be a better life. I had grown up in the country, and missed that way of life. My husband grew up in town, and wanted the experience of country life. Apartment living has its limitations. We couldn't have a garden or livestock. I couldn't hang clothes out, and there were neighbors everywhere. If you chose to do anything outside, the entire neighborhood knew instantly. There was little privacy. So we made the move to the country and with no regrets.
Weekly visits to the produce section of the grocery store left much to be desired. We felt that we could do better with our own garden. We wanted the freshest vegetables that we could get, and without pesticides. After our first year, we knew that we were right; our vegetables were better than store bought! This made us think that could have better eggs as well. We acquired a small flock of chickens and fed them fresh produce from our garden. As our garden is pesticide free, it is safe for our chickens to eat. Again, we were right! We then decided that we wanted fresh cheese and milk, so we now have a goat. Milk and cheese to come later, but if past results are any indicator, we will be pleased again.
Having livestock is a responsibility, but is also rewarding. I enjoy watching the way that the livestock relate to each other and their silly antics. We have chickens, ducks, rabbits, cats, dogs, worms and one very cantankerous, hard headed, but very lovable goat.
This life makes us both happy. Sometimes the work is hard, sometimes life is crazy, but at all times this life is an adventure in country living.