Hello folks..I'm new here but have been reading the posts for about a week now and decided to post a thread
In January I retired after 20 yrs in the military and decided to move back home to SW LA. , be more self sufficient,raise some animals,reduce stress, enjoy life and to be ready for future crisis's if at all possible...with the way the world is now I really believe most of us will see a major life changing national crisis in our lifetimes...hopefully I am wrong! All my life I have followed my gut instincts and most of the time they have not been wrong...this time my gut tells me to prepare for the worst, to be ready for anything, to get back to the basics as much as I can....to me its a win-win situation...if nothing happens I will have got back to my roots and the Cajun way of life..
In October I bought 5 acres of old rice/crawfish farm land and currently trying to get the dirt work done on it so i can plant some grass and let the ground settle for awhile...I found a guy that would build me a pond,housepad,driveway and laser level the land for $3k...well it didn't quite come out as I expected and have a few problems to fix......what I ended up with is a .5 acre pond that is 3-8ft, a clay housepad that is .8 acres x 1ft high...and a driveway that is 400ft long x20ft wide x 1ft high...the problems are..I want the pond deeper...and the guy used topsoil to build my driveway instead of clay ..I'm trying to get him back out here to fix it...move all topsoil and put clay down....he is using a 21 yard scraper to do all of this....when he is done I'll call in a local dirt contractor to dress everything up with a dozer and dig my pond alil deeper with a excavator..which of course is more $$$ that i don't really have lol
from that point..I'll move my older/paid for mobile home on the pad and then hopefully within a year start building my dream hobby house.....a 40x60 or 50x70 metal "barndominium"! which of course would be half house and half workshop....i only need about 1200sq ft to live in...the rest would be devoted to my hobby of restoring antique boats and motors.
my brother lives with me and he owns a horse that is kept at my other brothers house....so the front 2 acres will be pasture for horses and boer goats......the back area will be catfish pond and poultry(chickens,turkey,guineas) then an area for a small garden and fruit trees..
well thats the plan/dream and hopefully I can make it come true...I am running low on cash..i have enough to install septic system and finish dirt work and put gravel down....after that I will need to go back to work, i've taken almost a year off since I retired its time to try to make some $ again..
here are some pics for your viewing pleasure...I will be updating and posting pics on this thread as things happen...i've really enjoyed reading rocketman's and Dave's and others homesteading threads...and they have been an inspiration and motivation to "get'er done"
freshly bushhogged the blessing God gave me
tractor and scraper doing dirtwork