Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Lori Bought the Farm Today!

Today is January 13th 2015, and my wife, Lori, and I have finally reached our dream of having a small farm debt free (and tax free) to call our own. THIS IS WHY WE CAME TO CHILE!
25 years of marriage and we made it come true here in Chile. The new name of our farm is "La Campanilla". It is not really that big but it is all ours at 6.5 acres of land that has a lot of potential and a lot of work to be done.

The Campanilla flower grows wild on our farm and is called Foxglove in english. It is very poisonous and is used in making the drug Digitalis which is a potent heart medication. 

Here is a view of the farm and Thomas's Cabin, which will soon be our new home.
We just applied for permanent residency so we will be posting more about that and opening a business in Chile which is not hard but just different. We will be living out on the farm with no power for the summer (thru the end of February) and we will be posting about homesteading in Chile. You can also follow our homesteading efforts on our youtube channel - ChileExpatFamily.
Ciao for now!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Feliz Navidad!

The beautiful side altar of San Francisco church in Castro, Chiloe

Merry Christmas to all our family & friends
One of the downfalls of moving to a remote foreign country is the ability to be with family & friends during the holiday times. Sure it's hard and family & friends are important to us but everything has it's good and bad sides. We just have to be content with seeing our 2 older children at other times during the year and not always at Christmas but it's like that when the kids grow up and the parents move away!
Christmas here in Chile is not as overly commercialized as it is in the States and I find it refreshing though I am having a hard time getting used to making strawberry jam at Thanksgiving and making peach jam at Christmas! We are rolling ever so slowly into summer and the garden is coming along and the canning season is already very busy as well as getting our farm going.
We will be spending most of our summer on the farm with no running water and no electricity and no internet though we are working at making those things happen so I won't be posting much for the next few months though I will be checking my email a few times a week when we go into Puerto Octay for the wi-fi. Jim will be posting his farm videos on Youtube so you can check those out here


Friday, December 12, 2014

El Zorro

I was surprised to hear that fox in Spanish is zorro as I always think of the movie by that name.
I did a nice post on the fox that has come to visit our ducks and chicks on my nature journal.
Which you can click on the link here

He looks like my pet hanging around the front yard looking for a handout!

Life has been too busy to do much blogging between prom, 18th birthday party for Samuel, canning strawberry jam and cherry pie filling, and working on our new farm, there isn't much time left! But Jim has been doing lots of videos for his youtube channel about getting our homestead going so you can go see those here.

Hasta luego!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Hawks & Caracaras

Isn't this little guy cute?
This hawk chick in his nest is in our yard.
If you want to read more about hawks and the caracaras, a larger predatory bird,
please visit my other blog

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Video Walking tour of our new farm

Here are a series of videos on a walking tour of our new farm here in Chile. 

Friday, November 7, 2014

New Baby Sheep Video

Here is a video of our new twin, baby black sheep.

One little female and the other twin is a larger male.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Busy, busy & our new farm!!!

Wow! Life has been busy lately. Just a quick update for family & friends
We sold our duplex in the US and
about 3 weeks ago we made an offer on the land in Purranque. It was a low offer and it was declined.
So then we made an offer on the land in Chiriuco but we were too late as another person had made an offer but they are slow and the owner is getting frustrated so if these other people can't make it happen by November 20th, we are in. Here are a few pics of that property. It is 6.5 acres with pasture, creek, woods, and a spring on a dirt road surrounded by dairy farms and a short walk to a navigable river for kayaking. Update - on Nov. 15 - our offer was accepted!
On the road

The right side - beyond the trees is a ravine down to the creek

Pasture to the fence and then down to the woods in the rear
On to other news - Samuel & Andrew are spending the week at the local Catholic school. They are checking it out before we enroll them for next year. This is the quickest cheapest way to learn spanish and make friends. I'll post more about the school system later - it's a bit different than the US and took us a while to figure it out.
 And we had 2 new additions to our flock yesterday.

I suspected something when I saw her trying to hide behind a tree but then we had to leave for the day and we missed the birth. It's a boy and a girl! We have one more ewe who is round as a barrel. I wouldn't be surprised if she had triplets.

And finally, we finally got a bank account! But it's really weird and we can only put so much money in. Jim will post more on that later.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Lavanda Casa de Te in Frutillar

Wow, what a beautiful surprise this was! This little restaurant is off the beaten path so I had never heard of it until a friend took me there one beautiful sunny afternoon.

Even the drive is scenic and quaint
Blooming apple trees surround the building

Glimpses of the lavender fields

And the tea house
Bright & sunny - each table is hand stenciled and each chair has been covered in pretty flower fabrics
plus each table is set with a different pattern of beautiful old fashioned china

The view of the lavender fields and the lake

I wish you could smell the delightful aromas of lavender and tea
When you sit down, you get a complementary glass of lavender lemonade in a wine glass

Even the sugar cubes have been decorated!

Fresh baked cookies, lavender scones and the most delicious tea
We had 2 pots - one green tea with blueberry and one black tea with flowers

And they have a large selection of beautiful china and tea pots
And here is their link if you want to go visit!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Land in Caracol

This little village (the Snail) is NW of the city of Osorno. Beautiful big farms with highbrow neighbors. Maybe a little too rich for our blood! The site is a little over 50 acres and the owner is asking around $5600 per acre. A little too big and little over budget but well worth the walk over this nice piece of land.

The view down the road

View from the gate - most of the land is pasture

Heading down the slope towards the river- the property line is the fence on the right and the clumps of forest are on the other side of the river on another piece of land
This is a spring that comes up about half way down the hill and flows down tot he river
Samuel & Thomas  inspecting the creek flowing down to the river
Views of the river
The view of Volcan Osorno


The bottom land near the river is a little swampy

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Land in Purranque

Coming down the road towards the property

Across the street is a blueberry farm (yum)

To the right would be the road frontage of the property
The view from the front gate - open pasture with a few large trees and a few grazing bulls all the way to the tree line in the back center which is a stand of Eucalyptus
Walking through the eucalyptus stand - the property slopes from the front to the rear creek

At the rear of the property overlooking the creek to the neighbor's farm

Looking towards the front of the property from the stand of woods
The sad part - they are clearing the land to sell for firewood
I don't know if they are clearing all the eucalyptus but this is a major drawback for us 

A swampy area near the clearcut

The creek that runs on the rear property line is moving fast enough to use for some power generation and seems to flow year round

This is another small creek that runs into the one above
And here is the video Jim put up on Youtube
The land is 8 hectares which is about 20 acres. They are asking around $8k per acre which is way too much but we'll offer what we can and see what happens. Since they are clearing the land for firewood, they may need the money. It is a buyer's market here. Land doesn't move fast and there are rumors that a big fat new tax is looming on the horizon for land purchases (19%) to fund free higher education.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

The Magic Kingdom and Ebola

Here is the prediction of Justice Antonin Scalia, and it only makes sense that it applies to Ebola. By the way I hear from the CDC that Ebola is really not that bad and that it just like the common cold.


Here is the latest interview with the director of the CDC who appears to be a DOLT!


Does it strike any of you that this guy is an IDIOT? He sounds like he wants to feel the Ebloa patients pain and that we should let people come and go from east Africa because it is only fair!? He puts out the theory that if you cut off all flights to east africa that it would stop our ability to combat the virus, WHY because it is not possible to have a military flight drop them off? Do any of you out there think that if the CDC and obama wanted to fly to liberia that they would not be there later today? Oh no we have to wait on the next flight from Atlanta to get the CDC there. Ya right. Was this not the same CDC that was able to bring an infected doctor back to the former USA on a chartered flight?
Maybe the CDC could crowd fund their protection plan?

Watch the CDC video and realize that they do not have this under control at all.

Are you ready to leave the former USA yet or do you have to wait till other countries will not let people from the USA to come into their country, just like the USA should have done from day 1.

Are you ready to leave yet?

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Ducklings first swim

Finally it feels like spring! After a depressing week with lots of rain and cool temps in the 40-50 range, the new month brought warmth and sunshine and the click beetles! It was 70 F today and the warm day was hatching day for the beetles. They are harmless and provided a tasty snack for the ducks first swim! See our movie of the ducks here. Enjoy! Have a splashy day!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Homemade Empanadas

YUM!If you could only taste these, you'd spend the rest of your life in Chile. These are awesome!
We have had many a store bought empanada and they are nothing compared to these delectable morsels of fried goodness.My very sweet friend, Alida, came over today to show me how to make empanadas. It is a family tradition in Chile to get together at holidays, especially Fiestas Patrias, to make empanadas. Each South American country has their own version of the empanada. The typical one found in Chile is the empanada de horno or the baked empanada. It has a meat and onion filling with part of a slice hard boiled egg and an olive with the pit.
Ours are filled with onions, ground beef, parsley, and garlic.
The dough is just flour, oil, salt, and water. Rolled out with a pasta machine assembly line style

Fried to a crispy golden color in our cast iron skillet

And our finicky little taste tester get's the first bite and the verdict is ..........
If you want the recipe, please post a comment!