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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Farm Tour

You see another variation of the header I posted earlier. I took some of the feedback and took another shot at it. I also sent the photos to CFS who kindly offered to play with them.

Since all my plans to ride have been thwarted- first by snow, then by freezing cold and now by rain,  I decided to share some photos of my farm. I walked around a bit before the freeze taking some photos.

Our house is somewhere between 90-100 years old. It's true farmhouse and we had to re-do the main floor from the studs up:
Kitchen when when we bought it
a few weeks later
after- accessorized with a dog...

after


the deck we added a year ago- I love it because now I can  sit in the sun or shade.
The structure on the right is a pergola that the grape vine grows on. 


Those two trees in front are old oaks. I don't know how old they are but I love them. When no one is looking I talk to them. 

We built the barn and the garage. The barn was first of course. It's a simple 36 x 36 design, but I love it. There is only one thing I would change and that is to put windows in the sliding doors at the front- when I have to close it up with weather there's not a lot of light in the barn.
you can see the stalls on the right of the building opening up into a small paddock
After we built the barn I climbed the hill across the road and took a photo of our property. This was before the garage or back fields were fenced. The riding ring is up at the top but is just a flat surface at this point:
You can see the next property over- our line follows the bush/trees
Looking up from the lower field towards the garage.


The other day I stood on the mounting block in the ring  and tried to take in as much of the farm as I could: 
Note that Irish is watching me, d'Arcy is watching Irish and Carmen is guarding the hay 

You can see the path between the front and back fields- this allows us to access the ring easily and to drive the tractor. To the right are our woods. My plan this spring is to start carving some trails. We have about 10 acres cleared and 10 acres of woods. I posted this photo on FB with the caption "everything I love is in this photo (including Ed, he's in the house)." I realized my error but figured that my kids don't monitor my FB activity. Man, I was wrong. My daughter pointed out that she was not in the house. Busted.  I responded that photos of her were so technically... However, the caption should be 'I love everything in this photo'. 

So sorry for no really fascinating stories but I hope to have some better material soon.
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32 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing your home. No wonder you love it so much! My kids would've called me out as well lol

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  2. What a beautiful piece of property you have! And I love your house. The kitchen re-do is marvelous.

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    1. Our house is small but it feels like home.

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  3. I love looking at other people's home projects. We kept taking our kids trick-or-treating, even as they got older, just so we could see people's homes as we went around. We just love to admire their decorating, remodeling, etc. You have a beautiful home in a gorgeous setting.

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    1. It's hard not to look at people's homes! I'm guilty of that as well.

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  4. I could live the rest of my life happily at a place like that. Wow! Thanks for sharing your little piece of heaven with us. I love the house AND the property!

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    1. Thank you. When we were looking for our home I always walked the property first before going in the home.

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  5. Your house is stunning! Thank you for sharing!

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  6. Your house and property are wonderful. Love the re-do on the kitchen. The last picture is just beautiful with the clouds and the horses and dog and barn and house. It should be a Christmas card. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. No need to apologize, Teresa. I love your photos! :)

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  8. I love the big shots of the full property! And lol @ your daughter calling you out haha

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  9. What an awesome farm. It always seems that my kids read my posts when I least expect them too, and that become the topic of our dinner conversation.

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    1. Thank you! It's nice that your kids read your posts.

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  10. That is a really pretty farm! The before/after of the kitchen is awesome, congrats!! I should do a before/after of my MI farm. There was such a difference. You may have inspired me!

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    1. Yes, show your kitchen! I love seeing remodels.

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  11. I love your property. I wan an old farmhouse for myself. And those oaks are huge!

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  12. Your property is gorgeous!!! Thank you for sharing it with us! It's awesome to have the full picture so as to imagine it accurately when reading your posts. :)

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    1. I hadn't thought of that but you're right!

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  13. What a lovely place! Nice work with the header too :)

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  14. This is basically my dream property <3 Thank you so much for sharing. I love it.

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  15. Mr Shoes has made a lot of trails through the woods on our quarter; there are enough separate trails that we had to start naming them so we'd know where the other guy was talking about!
    Riding a trail system that you know is safe & free of hazards is a joy; I find that riding through the woods is a new adventure every day & a beautiful opportunity to understand your own land in a new way.
    Mr Shoes has made all the trails wide enough to drive through with a small tractor & bush hog easily (for maintenance, though we find they don't require much), & together we have made some trails easier rides & some with obstacles or small jumps to make them a little more challenging. I'm sure some trails would make for an enjoyable diversion for you from training too!

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  16. Carmen has priorities. They are H, A, and Y.

    It's really beautiful up there. You're farm house is really lovely too. It's like the quintessential picture used for the month of December in calendars. I love it.

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  17. Beautiful place to call home :)

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