Friday, September 30, 2011

Day 1 at the new house: Exploration and security

Today's the day we took possession of the house, so it was a day filled with painting, moving a few boxes, and mainly just exploring the property.

The first thing I did was change the door locks, then I walked the perimeter of the six acres. Oddly enough, it was the first time I've done that. I noticed that all of the main fence posts were cemented in, which is quite amazing, and there are actually six rooms/stalls in the barn, not five. One of the stalls has its own small fenced in area, plus another small lean-to that will be perfect for a pig or two. There are four cross-fenced areas in all, and they're all connected by gates. It's a really amazing set-up.

I brought Geist with me on one of the trips and just let her loose. She had SO much fun running and running and running. I don't think I mentioned this yet, but the previous owners left two donkeys and about 8-10 guinea fowl. Geist had so much fun chasing the birds around and running races with the youngest donkey.

I'll leave you with a video of that and some pictures I took from my exploration of the property.


  1. I like the old wood stove you have there. I had one at my cabin in PA that was insanely heavy but would heat the whole place up like an oven, only problem was it would get a bit smokey sometimes. For a work shed though that will be great.

    You have mostly cleared land it looks so at least you will not have a ton of cutting to do, my place was 5 acres of timber and 1 acre of field. The people out there that want to get 50 acres of woods have no idea how much work goes into cutting that much timber down, and really for a small family what you have is more than enough I think.

    You have a nice start though with 2 donkeys and the fowl already. Get yourself a few chickens and like you said a pig or two and you will be set. I am not familiar with the area you are in but maybe a project for down the road would be a nice man made pond to raise some Tilapia.

  2. The baby chicks are ordered and should come in around October 11th, while the lake idea wouldn't work here. I dunno if you can see it in the pics, but there are giant rocks sticking out of the ground out in the field. It's very rocky out there (the property is on top of a mountain), but up towards the house, the ground has enough topsoil for a garden. Otherwise, I'd love to have a lake!

  3. I am sure you have seen this family and their website, but on the off chance you have not they are worth a few minutes to look at. Amazing backyard aquaponics system.

  4. Oh nice! I've never seen that. See, now you just had to give me an idea for yet another project, didn't you? :)