Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: An English Girl living in beautiful Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
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.
Get up, get going, seize the day. Enjoy the sunshine, the rain, cloudy days, snowstorms, and thunder. Getting on your horse is always worth the effort.