Welcome over here... of course we've talked on the cheesemaking topics.
I just loved the cheesemaking course (I did the same one) and found it gives a really good basis for understanding and learning so much more than you can get from the kits that a prolific, especially from the US. The Rikki Carroll kits that are being sold now will have to really escalate in price soon with the dollar moving downward I guess.
I was orginally from Sydney and did my move from city to country in 1997, best thing I ever did it was life changing... met my DH and we started our own business 10 years ago now. We scrape along financially but are happy with our lifestyle choices and I love having not to go into the office each day, working for someone else... I was destined to work for me as I liked to work flexible hours and at my pace.
Our food since moving out of town and being half an hour from 'any' junk and evaluating what's in our food (don't have MSG or bad additives) has certainly seen our food get more flavour and I think healthier (although this month gee whiz, showed doesn't matter how well you eat and live you can still get sick). Preserving our food and making our dairy products has been not only fulfulling but the taste is superior to the shop bought product that's for sure.
What sort of acreage are you looking for and have you lived on the land before?