Yesterday, I temporarily deferred my equal rights ideologies and stepped back (way back) into a hunter-gatherer role, trailing along behind the man of the house, picking berries while he did the manly task! There are so many beautiful ripe blackberries on our property, but they are so hard to get to. At the best of… Continue reading Hunter-gatherers
First trench Case backhoe A few weeks ago, hubby dug the trenches for our water lines. The piece of equipment he wanted wasn't available, so he got the Terramite backhoe way in the back of the picture to the left. It managed to dig out the packed clay, but stumps defeated it. Our… Continue reading Filling in trenches!
Bee on lavender, June 2016The school year is over, JROTC camp is over, hubby is on vacation, and we are very much looking forward to waking up on our own land. We still have water and septic lines to finish up and bees to move, but when a friend told us about a couple of… Continue reading AgAware/Agsouth
While we are hesitant to lose our privacy, we know that our trees are overcrowded and therefore not healthy. We could probably have left them alone for another year or two, but as we need egress for the power company and a space on which to start building our cabin, we decided to have the… Continue reading Thinning Trees
Lady bird, lady bird, fly away home Your house is on fire and your children are gone, All except one, And her name is Ann, And she hid under the baking pan. Lady birds (lady bugs to Americans) have long been known as beneficial insects that eat aphids, pine beetles, and other annoying pests. … Continue reading Lady bird, lady bird, fly away home.
My husband and brother-in-law (BIL) both have the amazing ability to treat me like a princess while concurrently challenging me to expand my horizons. They also know that while I am likely to insist that I just want to watch first if my husband shows any intention of getting me to try something like using… Continue reading Driving a tractor
Next week, we will take the second major step in our journey toward retirement in the countryside on what will become Magnolia Hill Farm -- closing. The first step was finding the right piece of land. Our real estate agent, Kent, Morris, not only helped us, he has also restored our faith in real estate… Continue reading Embarking on the project