So, we may be moving soon. We've been looking for a different place to rent (eventually reality should strike even the Portland area real estate market, right?) and may, perhaps, possibly have found something. We need to get our credit report to the potential landlords and then they'll make their decision.
It's an interesting place. The bad first. It's small. It's actually not a "real" house, it's a double-wide trailer. If you've ever seen any house I've lived in, there are lots of books about. Those will have to be stored if we move into this place. There's a fast-running stream just by the house. That'll need fencing ASAP to keep wandering livestock and children out. There are apparently all sorts of critters about. Bears, say, or bobcats. Coyotes. This will make raising poultry a bit trickier. There are a couple of structures on the property that are...not in good shape. We're talking don't go in there they're death traps sort of not good shape. Those will apparently be torn down at some point, but no telling when.
On the good side...it's eight acres. A lot of it is wooded, but there's enough clear space for a decent garden. A decent garden by my standards is one which will provide for a major portion of our large vegetable consumption. The owners of the property don't seem to mind chickens, turkeys, whatever else we want to try raising. They do want a share of the blueberries, but I think we can have all the grapes and mulberries. The apple trees are old and may not produce terribly wonderful apples. We can have them though. That stream, it's a salmon run and there are supposed to be trout in there too. As well as the death trap structures, there is one BIG, weather-tight structure/shed sort of thing in which we could store all the stuff that won't fit in the house. There are three other small sheds that would be good for things that don't mind a little damp from the bottom. It's MUCH quieter than our current place, which is on a major street.
We shall see. Maybe we'll be packing madly for the next few weeks. Maybe we'll be digging in here and making the best of this place. Further updates as events warrant.