Archive for April, 2014

Trekking the Land

Looking down on possible house site

Looking down on possible house site

Today we took a hike.  The perimeter of the lot is about 2200 feet around with absolutely no clearing.  We put the little ones in their hiking backpacks and headed out.  The goal was to locate all the pins so that we knew exactly where our property started and ended so that we could lay out a better plan.  However, the

Mud season stream

Mud season stream

pins played quite the disappearing act on us.  We wandered around pretty well for the first half of the trip, but then couldn’t find the markings by the end.  We realized we were way off when we came upon the neighbors cabin.  So we changed direction with screaming children on our backs and hiked the toughest part of the hike the rest of the way to the road.  It was so thick that there was just no where to walk.  We were tired and it was lunch time.  We never did find the last pin.  I had to call the realtor to come meet me tomorrow to see if we could find it.



Hopefully we can find it between asking him and maybe the neighbors.  I haven’t met them yet, so I don’t even know if they live there or are seasonal.  Either way I got a bunch of pictures and I think I have a half way decent idea where the trees, driveway, and maybe even the house will go.  I have learned my lesson though, and assume that this will all change.  But for now, I have a better idea than I did yesterday.

Very full stream

Very full stream

Even after all the aggravation of the lost pins and the kids not exactly enjoying the whole trip, it was an amazing hike.  We don’t get to be out in nature nearly enough at home for lots of reasons.  Getting out today reminded us (as if we had forgotten) why we are doing what we are doing.  Being outside and hearing nothing but the outside noises is exactly what we needed.  It takes away the stress of our everyday lives and brings us back to feeling really good.   Sure we are tired and will sleep


Another mud season stream

well tonight, but it is a good tired.  It is not a stressed, headache, backache tired.  I have been saying from the beginning, “How can you maintain any level of stress when you live in a place like this?”



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While mud season doesn’t seem like all that much fun to some of us, the little ones are loving it!  They did come prepared with their fancy new galoshes, so it was no big deal.  In case you don’t know, New England has this special time of year between winter and spring that is all mud.  Multiple feet of snow are melting while the ground below is thawing and all that water just has no place to go.  Everything is filthy and you can’t possibly clean the floor.  Everything is getting stuck and the poor little girl won’t walk through the deep stuff without a helping hand.  There are streams flowing through in random places carrying away what water they can, but there is just too much to handle.  The locals tell us that mud season has about three more weeks to go, and that is the standard around here.  We have mud season back home, but we also live on a paved road and don’t notice it nearly like we are here.  Here is a great article about mud season in case you don’t quite get the idea yet.  Hopefully this won’t make planting trees impossible.  Wish me luck!

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DSC_0003I was so very happy with my whole layout.  It was perfect.  I had not seen the property more than a couple of times at this point, so I knew that some things might need to be altered a little bit when I matched the plan to the land.  However, I did not anticipate that I would have to scrap the entire project and start from scratch.  Where I had put the driveway was the steepest part of the  land.  Where I want to plant the orchard in 4 days is far back and NOT POSSIBLE to get the new tress to without a major clearing.  There also seems to be a few micro rivers flowing through all over the place this time of year.  I can not possibly make this clear enough: the experts who say you need to spend a year observing the land are right.  I should completely stop everything right now on my lot but I have already bought the fruit trees.  I do really want them in the ground ASAP, so I’m going to have to hope that I don’t have to move them later.  I spent hours on the layout I did and now I have wasted all that time because I didn’t listen to the first principle.  More time in observation could have prevented this.

And now I have to rush through a new one.  Tomorrow we will spend as much of the day as we can walking the land.  I doubt this will be very long as we have the 2 little ones with us.  I will bring the camera and the GPS so that I can collect as many details about the land as I can.  I will mark a spot on my tracker and label it as “possible house” or something like that.  I will take pictures of that spot and match the numbers with the tracker.  This way I can compare side by side.  When we get back to the camp for nap time, I will go through the pics and look at the map from the GPS and start making out a new layout.

I still really need much more time to observe, but I only have a couple days to get the trees in the ground.  It shouldn’t be too hard to pick a spot as I am VERY limited by distance from the road.  Imagine hiking 600 feet over rough terrain with a tree on your back.  If I can decide roughly where I want my house, then I can start to figure out the driveway and then plant the trees around where the driveway will be.  Plus there are power lines at the road, so the land will remain as is so we don’t have to cut trees near the lines.

Learn from my mistake.  Spend the time observing before you make big plans.  However, if you had said that same thing to me, I still would have done all the work I did.  I actually was told, many times.  It is good practice!



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DSC_0001We arrived here today at the cabin we are renting for a little bit.  We have no place even cleared on the lot, so we had to stay off the site.  Either way, we are here and ready to get going.  I am a little nervous about the snow, and the ground being frozen, but I think it should be ok.  Not ideal for planting an orchard, but we have very limited time and so we have to do it this week.  I’ll let you know how it turns out.

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About two weeks away from our Maine vacation.  The best vacation we will ever have, I’m sure.  We are heading to the site of our future home to get to know the place.  We are going to look at places to live while we build, get our driveway marked out and get an address, plant the beginnings  of our orchard, and just wander around.  And don’t forget, the most important part of all, we are going to throw rocks in the water!  I would like to say that was only from the 2 year old, but that would be lying.  I can’t wait to throw my rocks in my water!

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