We’re Moving…!

I have a little announcement. Given the title of this post, you’ll never guess what I’m about to say…

We’re moving!

For the past five years we’ve been living and homesteading at this fabulous [nearly] 13 acre rental farm we named Whistle Pig Hollow. I have absolutely loved this place. I learned to garden here. I raised my first chickens and pigs and cows here and slaughtered my first homegrown chickens and pigs here. I started making and eating home cooked, from-scratch foods here. I brought my first baby home to this house and actually gave birth to my second baby in this house!

But the time has come for us to purchase our very own homestead. At the end of April we’ll be moving to three acres just a few miles down the road. I’m excited to take all the experience we’ve gained over the past five years and use it to set up a very efficient, very user-friendly new homestead. Come hell or high water, I shall blog about it all too!

But first things first. Pictures of the new place. Because, duh.

I first got to see the “new house,” as we’ve taken to calling it, during the snow. Hence what you are about to see.

new house 1

new house 2

I’ve been known to say things like, “I hope we have a root cellar one day.” Or, “I want some flat land.” Or, “I would love to live on one of these back roads way out here.” And I’ll be doggone if they aren’t all wrapped up in this little place. Behold, the root cellar:


Overlook the minor detail that it is literally right in front of the house. (Go ahead- scroll up. I’ll wait. If you look behind the shrub row in front of the house you’ll see the giant concrete pad that is the top of the root cellar.) Perhaps eventually I’ll disguise it with landscaping. For now, we’ll just draw on it with sidewalk chalk…

There are also four out buildings. If you’ve seen my front yard recently, you know I’m welcoming more outside storage and work space! Not to mention, built in animal shelters.

out buildings Collage

I’ve also been known to say, “I love forsythia and must plant some!” And what do you know… It’s almost as if someone has been listening to my heart’s wishlist.


For now the interior is undergoing a remodel, but soon I’ll post some pictures of it as well. It currently looks something like this:


A part of me is sad to leave the original Whistle Pig Hollow, but a bigger part of me is excited to move on to a property we own. But man, I will always cherish the years we’ve spent at our first “homestead.”


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  1. I wish you the best! I know that you’ll make something splendid of the new place — what will you call it> — and I look forward to reading about your progress.

  2. Congrats Ashley!! So excited and can’t wait to follow along!!

  3. Yay! How exciting! I can’t wait to follow you’re new adventure on your new homestead.

  4. It is beautiful, and perfect for you!

  5. Congrats! That’s so exciting. Now you can create permanent fixtures (fencing, etc) and not think anything of it. Undergoing a remodel is great too, as you can put all your own personal touches. Have fun!

  6. Love it!

  7. Southern Forager says:

    So exciting! Congrats! Just FYI, Forsythia blossoms are edible. Some people combine them with dandelion blossoms to make jelly.

    I am so jealous on the root cellar! I would love to have one!

  8. Oh Ashley! I am so very excited for you!!! I know there is so.much.work to be done between Now and Then, but I simply cannot wait to see how you settle in and make this new house your Forever Home! Blessings during your transition <3

  9. It’s so exciting!! Love the fact that you have your very own root cellar and outbuildings too! An instant homestead! Congratulations!

  10. I’m very happy for you and look forward to hearing more about your homesteading journey!

  11. How’s it going? Are you guys settled yet?

    Animals? Fencing? Garden? So much to do! So fun!

    Can’t wait to hear an update!

    • Not yet! I need to update! We are finishing the renovations and I have my raised beds in but I’ve been on what feels like perma-vacation at my inlaws waiting to move in!

  12. It’s Sept. 1st… hopefully you’re doing well by now and have been able to move into the new location!

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