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    02-19-2013, 12:17 PM
  #21
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Originally Posted by Joe4d    
Just don't tell all you neighbors how it was done in the City, or begin every conversation with what people or the local governemnt should do,
Yep. You'll have to learn their way of doing things, not try to 'improve' them.
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    02-19-2013, 12:28 PM
  #22
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Originally Posted by PilatesGal    
Oooh - good idea, Danielle, about marking out the muddy parts. We'll be in just before the rains start, so I'll be able to deal with those spots over the summer.

I agree about the heated barn - we're having the water line put out there, and I'm seriously considering putting radiant heat in the floor and just pouring more concrete over the existing floor to do so. Will have to get a professional in to see. When we did our inspection the lovely smooth concrete floor was so slippery with frost that we all nearly went head over heals. Definitely could not risk a horse on that (we do have mats to put down, but not sure if there are enough). Will have to decide on some way to heat the barn, though. We've been spoiled where we are boarding and I don't think we could handle frozen fingers

Where we currently live (Calgary) cats are not allowed outside, so our cats are definitely indoor cats. But, there is a barn cat that was part of the sale agreement (seller's request) so we'll have a hunter out in the barn. Phew! But ducks eat mice?? Who knew??
Oooh! A heated barn.... ahhh that would be wonderful. We'd never be able to afford that though.

Awww. Barn Cat. He's like the first hand that doesn't want to leave when the farm sells. Just keep his food and water where his other people had it. And unlike most people think, you do have to feed the barn kitties if you want to them to be great mousers. Feeding them give them the energy to spend on hunting, and allow them to still have plenty of energy after those unsuccessful hunts. ;)
Your indoor kitties could still enjoy some fresh air outside unsupervised if you have a little area that would be good for making a Catio. You'd totally enclose an area outside window or put a pet door in the wall. Or if you have a front or back porch that has a roof, you could screen it in, and they would love it. We haven't gotten a Cat-Patio put on our house yet, but the kitty house's enclosed yard is a huge hit with them. That way they can get out, but still be safe, seeing as they have no idea about the great outdoors.

Egrogan is right about the currently in place people. I have to say I am one of those people that are skeptical about the people that are moving in right across from us. They bought the 20 acres where there is no house. It had been for sale for a very long time from what we'd been told. We aren't being rude, but we *are* watching what they are doing. As I am sure others tried to watch us when we moved in 2 years ago. But our place has trees all around - so I bet it was harder for them to do!
I am hoping we don't find their yappy terrier running our sheep or alpacas.

Danielle
     
    02-19-2013, 02:57 PM
  #23
Foal
So I should probably not go traipsing across the neighbours pasture, accidently leave the gate open, and tell them that not only am I from Calgary, but that I'm originally from evil Toronto??? Ha, that would go over well! Thankfully, I'm well aware of how much I have to learn and am definitely hoping to be able to learn alot from my neighbours. I'm curious though ... where we currently live is one of those "estate" areas where people pull in to their garage and never show themselves outside. So although we have close neighbours, we really don't know them well at all. Now that our neighbours will be a few acres away, I wonder if I'll see more or less of them?

Ah this city-girl-who-never-really-fit-in-with-city-folk is still going to be SUCH a fish out of water. As long as I can keep laughing, I'll be good
     
    02-19-2013, 03:04 PM
  #24
Yearling
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Originally Posted by PilatesGal    
So I should probably not go traipsing across the neighbours pasture, accidently leave the gate open, and tell them that not only am I from Calgary, but that I'm originally from evil Toronto??? Ha, that would go over well! Thankfully, I'm well aware of how much I have to learn and am definitely hoping to be able to learn alot from my neighbours. I'm curious though ... where we currently live is one of those "estate" areas where people pull in to their garage and never show themselves outside. So although we have close neighbours, we really don't know them well at all. Now that our neighbours will be a few acres away, I wonder if I'll see more or less of them?

Ah this city-girl-who-never-really-fit-in-with-city-folk is still going to be SUCH a fish out of water. As long as I can keep laughing, I'll be good
As long as you make sure to leave open the gates that will let all their livestock out to trample through their freshly planted fields, I think you'll be the talk of the town!

Seriously though, I found that in the first few weeks we moved in, people stopped by out of curiosity. I think some of it had to do with our age (we're much younger than everyone else here), but also because our house was owned by the same 90-year old woman for the past 35 years, and it going to someone outside her family was pretty big news (her family was lovely though, none of her children wanted it and were happy to see how we fell in love with it). Everyone was friendly, and interested to see the projects we took on- and everyone that stopped by was gracious in offering the use of borrowed tools and equipment, plus plenty of advice!

We never quite got organized last year because of when we moved in, but this summer we definitely intend to have a cookout and invite all the families up and down the street to come by. I find that food is a pretty good way to make new friends.
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    02-19-2013, 03:16 PM
  #25
Foal
I was thinking the same thing. We never really talked to people when we had to live in the city.
The place we bought, I found out, was known as the party house. Some of the people that show up are not what I want coming around. So I have to put on a "I am tough and know it" air... or they don't get the hint.

I would love to have a house warming party. Invite the neighbors. So we can all get a look at each other. See what's what, and everything.

Danielle
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    02-19-2013, 03:39 PM
  #26
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Originally Posted by PilatesGal    
Thankfully, I'm well aware of how much I have to learn and am definitely hoping to be able to learn alot from my neighbours. I'm curious though ... where we currently live is one of those "estate" areas where people pull in to their garage and never show themselves outside. So although we have close neighbours, we really don't know them well at all. Now that our neighbours will be a few acres away, I wonder if I'll see more or less of them?
We rarely see our neighbors and only see the farmer that grows corn around us 3-4 times a year. In my experience, the old farmers and ranchers are more than willing to talk to you for an hour, though, to give you all sorts of tips. I think they're just happy to pass along their experience.

You do have to learn the "country wave". Since you only see your neighbors from 1/4 mile or more and it's too far to yell, the wave means "hello", "goodbye", "how are you", "well, thanks", "say hello to the family", and a whole host of other things.
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    02-19-2013, 03:49 PM
  #27
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
You'll also want to have a landline phone, because you may not get a good signal with your fancy Smartphones
That depends on where you are and if the phone company consists of Joe, Jim, Billy Bob and a ditz to answer their phone and mail out bills.

We have a landline and it's AWFUL, one has to scream over the static. Only reason we have it is because it's cheaper to buy their "bundle" of Internet and Phone than just internet and the landline is perfectly functional for a fax machine.

Our Smartphones however... never a problem with them. Great reception and I have unlimited data on mine as our internet likes to go out around 6pm right after the 3 stooges over at the phone company went home for the night and "after hours help" is some dude halfway across the country who can only help you with things like a forgotten password.

We took the plunge and moved to the middle of nowhere 2 years ago.... wouldn't ever move back. Get to know your neighbors, they are invaluable. We do everything from carpools for kids, town visits to caring for each other's animals when on vacation.
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    02-19-2013, 04:36 PM
  #28
Started
Hello Pilatesgal, we moved last August from a village in the UK to an acreage in Alberta. I could talk aaaall day about it! But I have a blog on here if you want to bore yourself silly with that :)

My initial thoughts for you:

We now own a tractor with snow plough - indispensable. An old creaky job, but works fine.

A six wheeled Gator. Indispensable for me as I take the horses hay out twice a day, move wood, haul water to the trough in winter when the hoses are frozen, and move STUFF with it.

A ride-on mower. Great for the summer of course. I WISH I had got one with a rototiller attachment to do the outdoor arena and veg patch.

I have a pasture, a hay field, and a wooded paddock. A small barn with one stable that I will only use for medical emergencies (none so far touch wood). The barn isn't heated, and doesn't need to be for my needs.

I have an outdoor arena yah! And a round pen. I need a rototiller for both, I have a small chain harrow for both.

Luckily, the local farmer was already set up to cut my hay field for me. He takes the first cut and I keep the second cut.

I have learnt to catch moles - pesky pasture-destroying critters.

Ummmm we have lovely friendly neighbours that we introduced ourselves to when we moved in. We're too far to see each other from the house, but near enough to drive to theirs for dinner on the Gator.

Satellite TV - check
Poor but works satellite Internet - check
Great mobile phone reception - check
Monthly trip to the transfer station - check

Happy dogs, happy me, happy husband, happy son (playstation and netflix work here) happy horses and donkey :)

Good luck with your move.
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    02-19-2013, 04:49 PM
  #29
Yearling
I didn't read every post so don't know if this was mentioned, but save room for a garden! Time to grow your own veggies and learn to can. Spend some money on a decent pressure cooker and build a chicken coop. Chickens are fun! Fresh chicken and fresh veggies are GREAT!

You are going to have a GREAT time - you might miss pilates at first, but lifting sacks of feed, moving bending and stooping and climbing in and out of tall tractors are great for toning the body. LOL!

Your life will never be the same and you will love it!
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    02-19-2013, 04:58 PM
  #30
Foal
I definitely want to have a garden, but have been told I pretty much need to put an 8-foot high fence all around it to keep the deer out. I'll need to, as I'm transferring some of my heritage raspberry plants and they HAVE to survive Hubby is planning out a moveable chicken coop in his spare time - yay!

Shropshirerosie ... I'd love to read your blog - where can I find it?

Now to figure out how to have a new washer/dryer delivered to a place without a postal code. Hmmmm ...
     

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