I’m back from an awesome break sharing our progress at Quail Grove, we started with clearing. Establishing additional open space felt like a breakthrough and I can’t believe how energized we are about moving forward.
We’ve been on a bit of a whirl wind with the sale of our farm and we’re finally closing this morning. After a 15-day set back, expired contract and then an extension I can safely say I will never own a traditional home site ever again and it’s absolutely wonderful to finally be free.
But enough of that because today it’s all about what Robert, Dixie and I have been up to and the progress that surrounds Quail Grove. Lots of calories were burned as we made our way through the other side of the property using basic tools, a chain saw, weed eater and lots of fire.
Oh, and lots of water and coca cola were also consumed.
Clearing Begins at Property #1
After removing stumps and a huge burn pile from our space Robert moved onto clearing the first property. It didn’t take long for him to clear a path, light fires and cut down more trees. I followed him with the machete and weed eater to clear things further.
We have this system, he clears the path and I clean it up….
Clearing in the Creek
The following day I ended up clearing in the creek because sometimes we make more progress working in different areas. It was a mess, beginning with fallen trees, weeds, poisoned vines and whatever else came in my path, I burned it all and it felt fantastic!
It’s possible I may have been working through some frustration that first week because even I was surprised at my accomplishments. After a few hours, I was able to reach where Robert was clearing and this is where it gets exciting…
Robert Clearing with Gusto
Robert works with gusto which is good because we let the land go fallow for a year and now it’s time to clean up. Right now we’re clearing one property at a time and after a week this space is almost weed free. He’s thrilled with our progress and ready to schedule a survey which is exciting!
Robert hacked down tall weeds, started burning fallen trees and before long uncovered the original entrance. I’m going to guess the nearby farmers are thrilled we’re finally cleaning things up around here. This year we’re surrounded by cotton fields which I love!
Beyond the Creek
Later I went to the other side of the creek and started burning. Remember the snake magnet tree? Well it was a bois d arc mess and we burned it down to nothing… We’re actually still clearing this space because everything was intertwined like a maze.
The smell of smoke is glazed in my sinuses and I’m not sure if I’ll ever be able to smell anything else. I’m kidding but after two weeks of burning I need to smell something fresh and clean.
Over the Weekend
We plan to spend part of the weekend working so we can finish clearing and finally get gravel delievered. Yes, lots of gravel is headed our way but that’s a story for another time.
We’re hoping by the first part of October we’ll be living here full time because right now were kicking back at a nearby RV/Resort. It’s been fun and relaxing to be someplace new and every time we go into a local business we’re greeted with a kindness.
I like Delta County, it appears to be filled with some neat people.
As For Dixie
As for Dixie, she’s been burning up the country side exploring, jumping in a nearby ponds and sniffing her way through Quail Grove. Her inner hunter has been released! She even learned how to swim a couple weeks ago at the lake and has agreed this new lifestyle fits us three perfectly…