Proper farming here we come!

Discussion about the small Australian acres. What we can plant, animals that work and how we can farm sustainably.
Hayhay
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Proper farming here we come!

Postby Hayhay » Fri Dec 10, 2010 10:31 am

Within 9 days we signed the contract to sell our house! That was yesterday, and today we'll be signing contracts for a small farm! So goodbye to backyard farming, and small scale farming here we come! Can't wait to get a house cow!

rdtj04
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Re: Proper farming here we come!

Postby rdtj04 » Fri Dec 10, 2010 12:27 pm

Oh well done... How many acres did you score???? Congrats again :)
Cheers

minnie
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Re: Proper farming here we come!

Postby minnie » Sat Dec 11, 2010 7:59 am

Hi Hayley,

Congratulations, that's fantastic to sell and buy quickly without the months of stress and anxiety with slow moving markets.

Did you end up closer to your parents? How many acres... etc etc...

This board seems destined to get people moving that's for sure. ;) :lol:

Look forward to hearing all the details, and take it easy.
:D
Vicki

Glyn
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Re: Proper farming here we come!

Postby Glyn » Sat Dec 11, 2010 8:20 am

Fantastic - enjoy the ride! Lovely to sell so soon, and as one agent once told us "The first offer is usually the best you're gonna get" so grab it. Common spill - whats the place like you're looking at?
G

childoftheearth
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Re: Proper farming here we come!

Postby childoftheearth » Sun Dec 12, 2010 2:55 pm

Hi Hayley,

How wonderful for you! You'll be well settled in before the baby is due.

Like everyone else, I'm dying to hear the details of the new place.

Best wishes for a smooth transition
Elaine

dggoatlover
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Re: Proper farming here we come!

Postby dggoatlover » Wed Dec 15, 2010 9:44 am

Obviously your move at this time was meant to be - congratulations! Can't wait to hear more details! :D :D

Hayhay
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Re: Proper farming here we come!

Postby Hayhay » Thu Dec 16, 2010 8:47 pm

Hey thanks everyone! Sorry have been away for a few days. Sadly on way home yesterday we found out our place isn't sold after all - their finance fell through.....so after big interstate trip we spent all day cleaning house today for yet more inspections. There are still people interested in buying our place, so fingers crossed its re-sold really quickly.....but lots on tension here in the meantime.

The new place is 16 acres, south of Ballarat in Vic. About the same distance to my parents as we are now, just a different location. Settlement at end of Jan.

Its a quite a big house (well by the standards we've always lived in anyway!) 4 bedrooms, big lounge, good sized kitchen and dining area. A well fenced backyard so I have no worries with kids playing outside. The top is mostly flat and then gently sloping down to a good sized dam. Great rainfall; and one of the closest schools is a steiner school, which we're really liking for our eldest starting prep next year; enrolled him last day of term!

The only concern we had with the block was one side has a bluegum plantation adjoining it. Its half grown so I doubt any more spraying etc; and from my reading it possibly won't be replanted; but we can't know for sure. So I guess sometimes theres risks not sure how this one will pan out in the long run. Apart from that its mostly horses on the other properties. There are neighbours either side but not close; and a couple more further down the road. Very peaceful!!!

Glyn
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Re: Proper farming here we come!

Postby Glyn » Fri Dec 17, 2010 6:12 am

Hi Hayley, sorry to hear of the sale fall through - been there before, certainly puts a damper on the elation but never mind , it will happen.

We have one of the dreaded plantations next to us, its must be about 12 yrs old and although we were not thrilled about it initially we have grown accustomed. Strangely enough this year it has come to life, the circadids have emerged (and are doing their Mexican Wave as I type), and the bird life has finally replaced the silence. Its as if they have all been waiting for it to mature past some sterile monoculture balance date and then BINGO - its a forest, and a haven. One of the neighbors has a peppercorn rent on it to run cattle there , so if you need more acreage in the future that may even be a possibility. Its a lovely time out, peaceful place to walk, especially on hot summer days and the kids love to take the bike for a whirl, DD says a horse would be better - sure would but it hardly justifies the expense of buying one.

Best of luck with the next sale - fingers crossed for you
Glyn

Hayhay
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Re: Proper farming here we come!

Postby Hayhay » Fri Dec 17, 2010 3:05 pm

Thanks Glyn; and good to hear your experience of the bluegum plantation. Fascinating to read about the sudden wildlife emergence!

We have someone who had put an offer on our place last week; and she is still happy to - but we are waiting till early next week to ensure her finance is definite - not going to risk it falling through again! Now the biggest concern is working things out with the bank to make sure we can still borrow in order to buy.

rdtj04
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Re: Proper farming here we come!

Postby rdtj04 » Fri Dec 17, 2010 4:36 pm

Oh Hayhay Good luck... I hope the banks do it your way... :)
Cheers

minnie
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Re: Proper farming here we come!

Postby minnie » Sat Dec 18, 2010 12:01 pm

Hi Hayley,

As well sorry to hear about the sale falling through. We ended up still have people look and put in offers until contracts exchanged and things were tied up... I keep em coming until it's tied. ;)

And we have plantations - state forest on boundry, tree plantation across the road two ways... you can only wait and see with these things, there's soooo many of them and they're going down the gurgler so who knows what will happen.

It sounds lovely, looking forward to hearing about your journey.
:D
Vicki

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Re: Proper farming here we come!

Postby Mojojo » Wed Dec 22, 2010 2:54 pm

Sounds good, hope the next buyer all works out well!

One positive things with the bluegums that I noticed when looking at the first property we were going to buy, is that when they are all out in flower they smell divine.
~ Jo
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Hayhay
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Re: Proper farming here we come!

Postby Hayhay » Wed Dec 22, 2010 7:31 pm

Yeah Vicki I'd also heard that the plantations were not so successful and may never even be harvested.....so who knows what could happen!

Jo I must admit I did like the appeal of having a forest on the boundary - just the worry was how they were farmed. Now I'm excited to smell them in flower!

Well we signed another contract for our place yesterday; the banks are all good and this new woman's finance has been preapproved and should have final approval by friday - so if all goes well will be a nice Christmas present!

But on top of all the stress of the last few weeks (ie preparing house, then selling, buying, then having sale fall thru, then re-selling), this new buyer's ex-husband turned up at our front gate today and talked for ages about how his wife is unstable and the sale won't be able to go through etc etc etc. Just glad my DH was home I could keep the kids round the back. He knew all about settlement details etc which were only worked out yesterday, so no idea how he knows all that info (plus our house) but it got us suspicious. Turns out he is the unstable one, threw a rock through a window the other week when his ex-wife was looking through that house; we ended up ringing the police to report it and he's known to them.....so another wonderful stress that we really don't need to deal with. Oh will be nice when we are moved and settled......and hope that's the last we see of this fella.

minnie
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Re: Proper farming here we come!

Postby minnie » Thu Dec 23, 2010 7:47 am

Hi Jo and Hayley,

Lucky to have the plantations that flower, the ones in our region are the genetically 'modified' ones that have no blossom and are being bred with poison leaves so they don't have to spray as much. So not even the birds or insects or small marsupials get anything out of them.

Good grief Hayley what a time with the buyers ex, just what people need, no doubt she's not happy that he knows all this either. Don't you just love these people that you can't shake off. My sister had a husband that was a worry and when she divorced him, thank goodness he met another woman had a child and then they broke up. She found him living in the ceiling of her house and the police felt 'sorry' for HIM! He proceeded to kidnap the child and killed her and himself, it was all over the TV at the time and changed some laws in WA based on it all... terrible stuff, luckily she didn't have children to him.
:roll:
Vicki


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