In two months time, our family will be moving to 5 acres. We have never lived on acreage before and quite frankly, I’m a little nervous. The maintenance. The wildlife. The snakes!!!
My husband and I are not DIY handy (do we own a hammer?) and both have brown thumbs, but this is our last ditch attempt to get the kids outside before we lose them to adult life (and the constant battle against the allure of computers and the cyber world). Basically, I plan to throw them outside, lock the door and ensure they enjoy the outdoors until tea-time (well maybe not exactly like that).
I’m determined to have a veggie garden but am already being mocked by my extended family who don’t think I will be able to produce one living thing. My ten-year-old is very keen to make a productive veggie plot, so I will persevere until we produce something edible.
|Toffee the Cavoodle|
The kids also want to extend our pet collection. Our current pet, Toffee the Cavoodle, lives a highlypampered life on a big deck by the sea so I don’t know how she will cope with the great outdoors. We are going to have to be vigilant against ticks.
With so much space on offer, the children believe we should add a few more creatures to the family. I like the idea of ducks. Apparently they waddle around your veggies giving productive manure without scratching up all the plants. The kids have dreams of alpacas, llamas, donkeys, goats, sheep and guinea pigs. My husband has plans for no such thing.
I told the kids they would have to put forward a compelling case to their father if they wanted any new family additions.
So, do you have any ideas for appropriate pets and what might convince a pet-reluctant man to capitulate?