May 6, 2012 at 12:25 am #256932
Hello everyone. I have always had a dream of living a self sufficient lifestyle. At 20 years of age I first purchased a house and 3/4 acre property on Macleay Island in MOreton Bay where I attempted to grow my own vegetables, herbs and have chooks. I ended up with a overgrown mess which a million frogs moved into and snakes. Permaculture became a dream to me after that, although still something I hoped I could do.
the next 20 years I have lived in the suburbs and off and on grew some vegetables and had chooks but never achieved my ultimate dream as I raised my 5 children, who took up most of my time and energy having to be run here and there. Not to mention what pregnancy does to ones body. Well 3 marriages later I find myself living in rural Queensland on a large property with my best friend Farmer Jack (hence the reason for my name). My two eldest children live in Brisbane and my three youngest need running around still which is a 40 min round trip to Toowoomba twice a day. so time is still tricky for me.
All that being said, my plan for my life is to ‘get over’ my last insane marriage and make a vegetable garden, raise chooks and sheep (we have dorpers) for meat and enjoy the beauty that surrounds me. I am keen on survivalism, bonfires and looking at getting my gun license very soon to ward off dingos, foxes, wild pigs and anything else that threatens our livelihood. Nature sure is a tough mistress, I have no idea how the pioneers did it.
So here I am the Brisbane born and bred girl finally getting her dream life and not knowing where to start…. but here I begin.. Looking forward to getting to know everyone.May 6, 2012 at 12:32 am #524005
Welcome You will be able to get all the answers and help you need here…. Have fun.May 6, 2012 at 12:43 am #524006SteveKeymaster
Hi FarmerJack, welcome to ALS. Great to have you with us… 🙂May 6, 2012 at 2:53 am #524007BobbeeMember
Hi FarmerJack, It’s very nice to meet you. :wave:
You couldn’t come to a better place to find folk interested in your journey and prepared to
help out with support and information. :tup:
I don’t know if you are crazy or courageous, three marriages, bloody hell!!! :jawdrop: :jawdrop:
:laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
:hug:May 6, 2012 at 4:06 am #524008BlueWrenMember
Welcome to ALS Farmer Jack. :tup: You are living quite close to several ALS members so we hope to meet you one day.Folk travel a bit for our GetTogthers …….ask Steve!! :tup:
All the very best for your plans.May 6, 2012 at 11:24 am #524009mauziMember
Hi and welcome Farmer Jack from another ex Brisbane Girl now living in Tasmania. Look forward to getting to know you.May 6, 2012 at 12:57 pm #524010MetuMember
Mauzi, I didn’t realise you were ex Brisbane – my husband is the same. I managed to get him to move to Toowoomba and he barely recognises his old city home now. Several years later we now live 20 minutes out of Toowoomba and it’s a 40 minute round trip for us too.
So I know the feeling FarmerJack! We are in the process of paying off a mortgage, raising a child and trying to carve out a more self-sufficient lifestyle – complete with chickens. It’s not all it’s cracked up to be sometimes, in fact there’s a transition period before the last vestiges of the suburban mindset leaves you completely. It’s harder in reality than it is in a dream, LOL, but it also tests your determination.
When you can wrap your head around that, the struggles of country living becomes a welcome friend. 🙂May 6, 2012 at 3:27 pm #524011mauziMember
Totally agree with Metu, it does take some time to make the adjustment, but what a great place to bring up your younger children. Metu I was born in Wynnum Manly and lived there until my mid twenty’s …a while ago now 😆May 6, 2012 at 3:27 pm #524012
barely recognises his old city home now
DH and I came from Brissy too we go back quite often and still don’t know where we are going everytime we go to visit DS the roads have changed again, hard thing getting used to traffic lights none in our town, roundabouts are just a pain don’t have them here either.
In country terms you are just down the road maybe next GTG you might be able to come, we swap plants/ seeds etc.May 6, 2012 at 3:54 pm #524013
Judi, I better start growing something then hey so I have something to show otherwise you will just have to put up with me smiling and making jokes haha. I think I need to see what other people have done to get ideas. would love to meet you all.May 6, 2012 at 3:57 pm #524014
Thanks Metu.. that’s encouraging. I think I am finally getting to the starting blocks.. 🙂May 6, 2012 at 4:24 pm #524015
FarmerJack post=343187 wrote: Judi, I better start growing something then hey so I have something to show otherwise you will just have to put up with me smiling and making jokes haha. I think I need to see what other people have done to get ideas. would love to meet you all.
You don’t have to grow anything I’ll swap plants/seeds for a happy smile and friendly “Hello” :wave:May 6, 2012 at 4:29 pm #524016BlueWrenMember
So will I!
Will we wait for Spring Judi?May 6, 2012 at 4:49 pm #524017pennyMember
Welcome Farmer Jack, great people here who are all more than willing to help with any problem.
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