Monday, April 16, 2012

The Big Move!

The day finally came and we are officially moved into our new home.  We had a trailer hitch installed on the van for the move (used my brother's trailer) which will come in handy often I assume.  We spent a few days clearing out our old home and filling the new house with boxes.  Its been about 10 days since the big move and we are just getting settled in.  We have very few boxes left to unpack and have even starting cleaning up outside a bit.  We had a man come cut down a few trees that had grown right against the house allowing raccoons to hang out up there in the late evenings; their poop on our roof gave them away.  My Mom even spent some time weeding in the back gardens around our patio and sun room.  Our new batch of seeds arrived and we are getting ready to plant them, although I can't decide whether to do it before or after our upcoming vacation, which is much needed I amy add.  The gardens will not be ready here until mid summer but we are planting in the existing 2 raised garden beds as well as out at the CSA.  After our vacation Aaron will also be getting started on the chicken/duck coop.  Our day old birds arrive May 15th so we will need to get cracking.

Camp out with the kids our first night.

Front yard.
Front side yard from across the street.
Side yard. 
Back patio.

Backyard from opposite corner. 
Needless to say, we have our hands full!  It has been a long few weeks but I would not change a thing.  Now that we are in our new home it feels like we have been here forever.  It felt like home the moment I stepped foot into the house and we plan on having many wonderful memories raising our family here at BTC Acre! 


  1. Hello Sarah,
    Congratulations on your new home! My husband and I currently live in Windsor (in a rented home) and are looking to buy our first home. We really want to keep chickens, but after researching a bit I have discovered that it can be very difficult to do so in a residential area. It was my research that led me to an article about your family's struggles in Amherstburg, then I found your page on Backyard Chickens. I smiled when I saw your reference to the Trinity Acres blog - Lindsay is a friend of mine and in fact we just visited her and her family a few weeks ago. :)

    I am disappointed to learn that if we want chickens, we really need to find a home with agricultural zoning. The problem is we haven't been able to find any homes with this zoning yet. But perhaps we just need to look for longer.

    Our real estate agent says that we can have chickens in a residential area as long as our neighbours don't complain! But I am unsure if I want to risk that.

    Anyway, nice meeting you and congrats again on your new home. It looks awesome.

    1. Thanks so much for you comments Laura. It's such a small world, especially within the chicken circle. =) I have met Lindsay on a few occasions and just love what her and her family are doing. If I may give you advice about wanting to have some backyard chickens... I would suggest finding an agriculturally zoned property. All it takes in one person, doesn't need to ba a neighbour, to complain about your birds and you will have to remove them. It may take more time to find the home you want since the properties are limited, but it is worth it in the end. Good luck in your search and I hope you are able to find the perfect home. It took us a while but we've found ours.

  2. Sarah, thank you for your advice! Could I please ask you to email me? I would like to ask you a few questions about the real estate situation around here - and I don't see your email address anywhere.

    Thank you! :)
    ljbourque at gmail dot com