This is sort of a weird post... but DH and I are going to go look at a farm Friday that would put us 'out there' a bit. Mind you, we wouldn't be more than a 20 minute drive from a convenience store, or gas station I don't think, but I'm thinking of things like, what to expect from using oil to heat, using and maintaing a well, proper rural neighbour ettiquette (is there such a thing?), how to deal with wild life, does everyone who lives in the country keep a gun? I'm trying to think of all angles to make sure we're making the right choice. I really, REALLY want a farm for the purpose of growing our own food, keeping the chicken, bees, and possibly raise a cow for milk and a pig/steer/other for meat. I love the quiet, I love the dark, and I don't mind not having neighbours, but I'm wondering if in the 'romanticism' I'm ignoring things that could pose potential problems that we don't know how to deal with. We have four small children (and one on the way) as well, so we want to make sure they're all good too. I think it would be good for them and they love caring for the chickens, etc... To sum it up What tips do you have for rural living? Special tips for those who have hard winters like we do?