This dream is really making me smile, particularly because I can really relate to it. I first read Holly’s words on her previous blog English Girl Canadian Man, which has recently become Full Of Beans (And Sausages!). Today she’s sharing the thing that she, an English girl, and her Canadian man are working towards.
What is your most incredible dream?
To own a little farmhouse with at least two acres for a smallholding. The two things I have always wanted are chickens and a library. This might not seem like the grandest dream in the World, but it is to me. The idea of my own land that I can use to sustain the country lifestyle I have lusted after for so long, is blissful.
Do you think it’s attainable?
It is absolutely attainable…watch this space! Luke has been busy saving away. We figure we need $10 000. We have a lovely image of our dream house by a lake and we have begun writing on the glass with a whiteboard marker how much we have got saved so far. This has only recently been attainable and we hope to have saved up the required amount by next September!
How long have you been holding onto this dream?
When I was 19 years old I began to take down the posters of Kurt Cobain and the Chilli Peppers in my bedroom and began to replace them with Laura Ashley prints. It was around that time that I also began to read Country Living magazine and to imagine my own little cottage with roses by the front door. I can’t believe that things are finally beginning to happen so rapidly – my partner has even managed to quit smoking in order to save an extra $91 a week. It seems utterly impossible, we were previously wasting so much money!
What will it take for your dream to become a reality?
Time, patience and frugality! We should be able to save really quite rapidly and in Canada, owning land is actually incredibly easy! I have definitely moved to the right country to finally realise my dream! I can just imagine myself in a pinafore with bird seed in the pocket, going out to feed the chickens and bypassing the pony pen or the goats and picking a couple of green beans from the veg patch for the journey! When the chores are done, I will then go inside to sink into my library and read those well-thumbed editions of books that I love so much.
Who are the people that encourage you the most?
My Mom and Dad – my Mom who is such a temperate, serene person and my Dad who protects us and carries us. They have protected me and picked me up when I have fallen in equal measure. Finally they have been able to let me go when I chose to move to a different country. I am so grateful to have these two people as my parents. They have just sold their house to buy a motorhome, which they are now living in and have grand plans of travel. I have never seen them so happy and their brave move is, truly inspirational. They named their motorhome Twernt and you can read about their travels at twerntontour.wordpress.com
Who inspires you, and makes you want to chase your dream?
My Nanna – domestic goddess that she was. She told me I was made to be a teacher when I was 12 years old and I am. She taught me to knit and I inherited her knitting needles when she died. Either she inspired me, or I inherited her traits, but similar to her, I treasure my family above all else and I want to give them everything and keep them well fed and safe.
Luke, my partner, equally inspires me. I am lucky to have found a life partner who has equal wishes for life as me. We do everything together. We do not require time apart because we are so completely perfect together. We never argue, we respect one another and if one of us wants to do something, so does the other! I feel honoured and humbled by this man and I am so glad that I decided to wait so long for this perfect Disney romance I had previously thought a myth.
Now, if that doesn’t make you a little bit happier today, I’m not sure what will. I’m looking forward to seeing Holly’s dream come true, and can only imagine how gorgeous her farm will be.