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Monday, September 26, 2011

Nothing like good old fashioned work

We spent our first work day out at the homestead on Saturday.  Holy cow we're sore and tired.  Chopping mesquites, weeds and sumac trees (not the poisonous ones!) is hard work and a great upper body work out.  Also very effective for finding small muscle groups you forgot or didn't know existed! 

We cleaned up the front gate that was very overgrown with grass and weeds.  Before and after:

We found this little wagon/cart in Bee Hollow.  It was an adventure pulling it back to the front since the tires were so flat and had been in the same spot for so long that they were almost square.  But because we're so darn cool and believe in the Boy Scout motto "Be Prepared", we had flat fixer in our van and a little air compressor that plugs into the car for power.  We were able to fix those little tires in no time and now we have a handy cart to tow our tools and water around in!


Here's one of our new neighbors:


And another new neighbor on the other side.  She has escorted us around our property several times, and we found out on Saturday that her name is Whiskey, but we call her Natty because she's nasty - right after this picture, she went and rolled in mud and horse poop...so we think Natty is a better name.

Well, that wraps up our first weekend at the new homestead.  Many more adventures to come!  At the house, our beets and lettuce sprang from the earth after only two days!  No green onions in sight yet.  Lots of little banana peppers coming too.  They are so darn cute.  I can't wait!  And a few bell peppers are also starting to make an appearance.  I've been checking the tomato blooms carefully, watching for that first little one to show up.  Also received our second herd of worms.  They are busy, busy, busy eating our veggie scraps and making compost gold.  They are all looking fat and happy.  Won't be long before we'll have to sort the bins and take out some compost to make room for more food and worms.

We're planning to go to our first bee keepers meeting at the Williamson County Bee Keepers Association this week.  Conveniently, it's right down the street from our house.

Until next time...worms still rule.

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Monday, September 19, 2011

It's official!!

Well, it FINALLY happened!  We are land owners!  Yes, that's right, we actually own a little piece of Texas!  Yahooooo!  Okay, sorry, I know that's a lot of exclamation points...won't be the first time I've been accused of over using them.  But I like them...a lot!

We kept this attempt to buy anything on the complete DL because we've had so many things fall apart this past year.  But finally, something went our way and we got a loan from a local bank - thank you Frontier Bank of Texas - for the 10 acre property that we fell in love with in Coupland, Texas. 

We have our work cut out for us.  Of course everything is bone dry right now.  Our little tank is dry too.  And the fence lines need cleaning up and some fence mended here and there.  But it's ours, all ours!  And this isn't just a one weekend project...this is a continually evolving life project.  We hope to move out there in the next year or two. We may start with a temporary house while we plan to build our own.  So many options, it can be overwhelming.  But now that we can spend our weekends out there working, we can do some bonafide site planning and get it all figured out.

We already have "Bee Hollow" staked out.  Back in these trees.

Underneath this big boy.

Here's the view across the road from our future front porch:

And another shot looking across the pasture.

So the adventure begins.  We will continue to homestead in our urban setting while we prep our land to be our final address.  We are absolutely loving the products of our labors from making jam! 

I'm getting ready to plant some beets and green onions in our garden for fall.  The tomatoes are getting their first blooms now that the oppressive heat seems to be mostly behind us.  The 9 foot acorn squash vine still only has one squash, but we'll take it.

Oh, and by the way, worms still rule.

Until next time.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Where does the time go?

Gee whiz!  How on earth has it been two weeks since I've posted?  And with nothing big or exciting to report.  What's up with that?

The raspberry jam has been a huge hit with everyone who has tried it.  YAY!

The worms are doing well and working quickly to turn all the scraps we can give them into garden gold.   We have another batch on the way this week.  Hubby says he's going to have to build a new bin or add on already.  Worms are so awesome!

I knitted my very first scarf using a loom this weekend.  It's so pretty and slated to be a Christmas gift...young girls can't have too many scarves, can they?  Hopefully it'll be loved just because it was made with so much love (and excitement at creating something with a newly learned craft skill!).  The only problem is I don't know how to finish it off (I think that's called "casting off") so that it doesn't unravel!!  Surely there are some easy to understand instructions out there...I hope...It won't be nearly as pretty to wear with the loom still attached.  :D

Hopefully more to report very soon.  Until then...worms rule.

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