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Moving questions

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We've had several move-related questions. Let's see if I can sum our answers up in one post.

"What's your time line?" --- various people

Especially with buying raw land instead of a ready-made homestead, there are a lot of hoops we have to jump through before we can settle in up north. Unfortunately, most of them are out of our control, so we don't have an actual timeline. I've been marking fun events to attend down on my planner starting on August 30 (Ecuadorian ethobotany!), but I'll be quite happy if we sleep the first night on our new land by the middle or even end of September.

(Okay, I'm lying. I'm totally impatient and want to be there now, now, now! But I'm pretending to be okay with the slow speed of real-estate deals.)

"How are you two doing the move?" --- Jennifer

Mark's mom and her partner have very kindly offered to bring a covered trailer about six feet wide by nine feet long to transport our stuff, while Mark and I will follow behind in a car full of unhappy cats. That said, I'm tentatively planning to cram every nook and cranny of our car with potted plants when we go up to Ohio for the closing. My floral offspring should (hopefully) survive a couple of weeks on their own as long as the weather isn't too hot and dry.

"Are you still writing in the midst of packing up your entire life?" --- Mom

I'll admit that I was having trouble focusing for the first couple of weeks after deciding to move. But recently, I've actually gotten more done than usual. Most of my move-related tasks are complete, and I don't have a garden to manage. So I'm writing up a storm and actually feel a bit like I'm on vacation. Looks like this change of venue is already a good idea.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Mid-September--THAT SOON?? But what will you be living in--a tent?

And are you going to get another trailer, or are you planning to build?

Comment by Jennifer Quinn Thu Aug 10 16:11:34 2017
Are you donating the Kubota to goodwill and where can I pick it up?
Comment by Eric Thu Aug 10 18:01:18 2017
Thanks for all the details. I'm sure Movinf Day will be here before you know it!
Comment by Jennifer Thu Aug 10 20:29:29 2017
As the saying goes, "a change is as good as a rest". So glad this change of pace is feeling a bit vacation-ish and that you're getting to write so much!
Comment by Rae Mon Aug 14 10:46:26 2017

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