Getting out of town on our holidays has (as it usually does) reignited our desire to move out of the city. We had only ever planned on staying for 2 years when we came here just before our daughter was born. We'd just finished university, backpacked around Europe for a few months, and decided that it would be nice to be closer to family while starting our own (my mom and brother, and C's brother are here). Ten years later, C's job is hard to leave, as is our wonderful homeschool group and community.
Long story short, we found an amazing property on one of the islands that I'd almost be willing to kill for. It's on 5 acres with a barn, orchard, garden, guest house, workshop, and a gorgeous house that is heated with a heat pump. We could probably almost buy it with what we'd get for our house, but C's salary anywhere else would probably be a fraction of what he gets paid here, so it would be a bit tight.
I've also gotten it into my head that I want to raise alpacas, so there would be the added cost of setting up a small herd. I already know that I couldn't raise animals for meat, and I love the idea of producing our own wool. There are numerous other reasons why they'd be a great option for us, not the least of which is the fact that they are pretty much the cutest creatures I've ever laid eyes on (hardcore rancher that I am)! Just look at this face and tell me you wouldn't love at least one of them wandering around your property. So this is where we're at. How quickly can we get our house sellable? Can C find a comparable job somewhere else? Or should we just go for it and forget the job and launch ourselves in a completely different direction? Our family would flip if they knew we were even considering this. My mom was raised on a remote homestead up north, so it's not exactly her idea of a desirable lifelong goal - but that's another story.