I've been keeping a secret.
Late in 2014, through a series of incredible circumstances, we learned that the small farm that we'd always hoped for might become a reality in 2015. We're SO excited, but there's a long road ahead.
So, as the new year gets under way, we are house shopping. We'll be looking at two very different types of property: small farms (5-12 acres with horse potential) in a higher price range, and city houses (probably fixer-uppers) in a lower price range.
I'm holding out for the right property. Tristan has (hopefully) quite a few years before he's ready to retire, and I am lucky to be in a really fantastic boarding situation. Finding a small house that we can put work into and the re-sell toward a larger farm might be the right solution for us right now. On the other hand, if we find the right land + house now, he could start coming home for part of the year in the next two years.
We'll start very slowly, and I hope to share details here, especially of any potential farms. Obviously for privacy reasons I'll be a little vague, but there's a lot to think about, and I hope - as always - that writing about it will help me work through it.
I'd welcome any input from anyone who's bought a house before - things you wish you'd know, questions you wish you'd asked, so on and so forth. That goes double for anyone who's bought horse property!
So, watch this space. I might start talking about some places very soon.