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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

New adventures in the New Year

It is our grand wish to be living on our homestead this spring...we realized that the countdown it ON if that's going to happen!  We have to get so much done to get there, but we're sure going to try.  So here's to a busy, busy start to the new year in hope that we reach a major life goal of living on our homestead.

After the November and December rains we had, the pasture is starting to green up, the rye grass is coming on very strong and the oats are making their way. 

Here's a view of the pasture from back in Bee Hollow.

We can clearly see that the deer have been munching on the new oats, which is exactly why we planted them.

Here's a pic of our lush rye grass!  It came up so well - we are very fortunate.  That's the neighbors place in the background - we told them to turn their horses in on our land this week to mow some of it down, otherwise it's just going to waste since we don't have our own critters out there yet.  They've already got it trimmed along the fence line as far as their heads can reach between the strands of wire.   J

We're just about done with the tree removal in the future orchard area.  We have a few tree trunks that we need to drag out of there and some logs that we want to keep for making into boards for future wood working projects.  And some stacks of wood already cut for firewood.  We found this one tree that was hollowed out in the middle - it's very cool looking!

We will definitely be leaving the piles of branches we strategically placed around the orchard area.  You wouldn't believe how many birds are in those piles!  They are really great habitat.  Yesterday, we just stopped and watched them flit from pile to pile and listened to them sing.  It was so peaceful. 

We think we have our future house area staked out, along with where we propose to put a temporary house and our septic system.  We also staked out the garage and carport and designated areas for the garden and the future chicken coop and run.   It's all very exciting - for us at least!   We are looking forward to living on our little piece of heaven on earth.  And even though it's going to mean a lot of work - especially once we have all the things in place that we want - we are looking forward to the honest labor and being able to enjoy the fruits of our labors in preserving and eating food that we raised ourselves.  It doesn't get any more local than that and we'll know exactly where our food came from.

I'm hoping to make the first batch of blackberry jam in the next few weeks from those berries we put up around Christmas.  I'll keep you posted.

Until next time, worms rule and bees rock!

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  1. The homestead is looking really good! I know you're getting exciting about moving there. It will be spring before you know it! Have a wonderful 2012 :)