Little Did He Know …

… that when mid-July was in full swing, that he would be exhausted by the experience.  He would have suspected as much, but he did not know it, until now.  While looking around, he reflected that this had all transpired in matter of months.  In December of last year late, they had visited the property for the first time and decided that it was worthy of choices.

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Much work would need to be done, for many surprises were found.  Woodsmoke contamination inside the residence. A poorly functioning chimney which caused the prior, substandard electrical, etc.  But the land is what he wanted.  And the land is now his as well as the dysfunctional house.  Much has been spent to remedy the safety issues.  More is needed, but all in due time.  Buddy Ryan moved in and he is happy.

140402_dan_coopAnd now much time has passed and spring is about to do so.  We are planning for our chickens which will arrive as eggs this coming Friday.  They will be incubated, brooded and moved to our large fenced area out back where they will be happy and protected from the birds of prey.  Dan (above) stands on the coop floor as I was building it.  It is now almost complete.

Our potted plants are also awakening on schedule as expected and hope to find new homes in the landscapes of our neighbors. Many types of weigela, red twig dogwood, forsythia, Japanese maples, euonymous, and many others have all over-wintered and are ready.

Grape hardwood cuttings stuck in a special soil mixture with rooting hormone. This picture was taken earlier when snow was still on the ground.
Grape hardwood cuttings stuck in a special soil mixture with rooting hormone. This picture was taken earlier when snow was still on the ground.

Our first winter at FiveDollarFarm was hard. It was the coldest on record for 25 or so years and we found all the problems and drafts in the old house.  We burned many gallons of oil, and burned cords of firewood.  This spring is special to us for what we endured.