Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Farm

We've been in our new home for a little over two months now...and I've been "kindly reminded" on various occasions that while I posted lots of photos of the house as a work in progress, I've never shared any of the actual finished product!  In all honesty, that's probably because things out here on the farm still feel like a work in progress.  We've learned fairly quickly that a life on an acreage is a busy life.  There is ALWAYS something to do.  It doesn't help that things were in pretty rough shape when we bought our land...we've spent most of the summer just trying to get a little bit ahead of the game and coming up with a plan to "minimize" parts of our routine maintenance in future years.  

Having said that...most of our time these past few months have been spent working on the OUTSIDE of the house (translation...I'm not quite ready to give a grand finale tour of the INSIDE!)  Exterior pictures are better than nothing, right??

This, folks, is our home.  Not our house....our home.  A place where we look forward to raising our family, creating memories, and growing old together.  We absolutely love it.

We inherited a lot of landscaping when we purchased this lot.  Landscaping that had been severely neglected for a few years prior to us building here.  What you see here are the two berms (one close, another seen in the distance) that span the front edge of our property.  These berms, while beautiful, are a heck of a lot of work.  We've spent hours out here trying to keep the weeds at bay.  We've got big plans for these babies and are hoping that we can cut back on the time we have to spend out here in the future!
 When I tell people that we have 3.2 acres, I'm usually met with blank stares and questions like "how big is that?"  Since I don't have a concrete answer to HOW BIG it is, I thought I would take a few pictures to give you a better idea.  This first picture is from the front corner furthest from the house (down by berm #2).
 Walk down the property line to the corresponding back corner, and this is what you see.  
This corner is home to some raised planter beds that the previous owners installed.  Right now they are dry and full of dead weeds (and a random tree!) but we hope to develop some green thumbs and plant a garden in the next few years.  Our blackberry bush has given me the itch to grow more things!
Speaking of the blackberry bush...here she is in all of her unsightly glory.  This is what it looked like when we discovered it, gangly and growing into a trampoline that used to be out here as well.  I'm trying to do some research on what I need to do to whip her back into shape....but if there are any experts out there, I'd love to get some advice!
This is the other back corner.  This side of the property is butted up to an empty lot if anyone is interested in being our neighbors!  Right now its farmland that the owners rent out...we would much rather have some people there!
 This shot looks up toward the last corner of the house.  We've got white rock leading the way up to our actual concrete driveway.  It might be Harrison's favorite place to hang out.  Lots of rocks = lots of things to throw!
And last but not least, here is the view from our back porch.  Its pretty perfect if you ask me....ideal for sitting outside, grilling our dinner and enjoying a cold drink while H and the puppies enjoy their new-found space. The fenced in portion of the yard looks pretty darn good for having our sod laid in the middle of JULY!  We know that we've got a lot of years ahead of us before everything looks nice and pretty, but for now it's nice to have this happy green space!  
So there you have it...the official tour of the Ritchie farm (a blackberry bush makes it a farm, right?).  My goal is to take these same pictures every year...at least for awhile...so that we can look back and see just how far things have come.  It's easy to become overwhelmed with our massive to-do list and the photos will be the perfect reminder of the progress that has been made!

I hope this holds the wolves off for a bit longer until I'm ready to snap some indoor photos! :)

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