So I figure everyone loves to see a tour of someone else’s new digs, right? Otherwise, why would sites like Pinterest and Zillow and shows on HGTV and DIY Network be so popular, right?
It’s super quiet out here. You can’t even see the house from the road. You have to drive past someone else’s house to get to ours, so if you aren’t looking for it, you probably wouldn’t even know we were here.
Let me give you a little tour of some of the cool parts I’ve found on the land so far…
Here is the view of the back of the house…
In the side yard, there’s a big empty spot where the chicken coop used to be. All that’s left is the very few pieces that seemed they could be saved. That tripod like thing on the left is a pipe bender for a plumber we think. There are a few fence pieces, a 3/4 door and some 2x4s.
Next to that is what remains of the pool….no, we didn’t do this. We really wanted a pool so now we have to figure out what to do about it. It’s on the list of wants, but I don’t think it’s going to be soon.
Let’s take a walk in the woods, shall we?
Here is the chicken coop parts all played out ready for a bon fire.. there is a fire pit under there somewhere… the tire swing for the kiddos,
Sort of next to it, is the blue swing. These were both here, works out so the bad babies don’t have to fight over a swing. Now you know, siblings fight over anything so while they don’t “have” to, I certainly expect them to fight anyway.
Next to the fire pit are all these logs kind of cut… I am sure I will be finishing them and using them for seating at the fire pit. Seems to make sense, yes?
From there, turn around. This is your view and the big mountains in the back are West Virginia.
Walking pretty much straight down the middle of the above picture takes you downhill to the stream. Technically the property ends just before the stream as far as we can tell. I don’t think that means we can’t enjoy it, right?
Walk a little to the right and you find the meeting of another stream.
It’s fabulously peaceful down there and I can see setting up a little stone patio and building some Adirondack chairs to leave there to sit and watch the water for a while.
A look upstream…
and then downstream…
If you head back up the hill through the trees, you’ll find some pretty neat things…
…lots of fox holes,
a seriously ridiculous amount of broken and fallen trees,
super cool moss on a log,
on a rock,
and all kinds of different fungus.
these are cool because they’re big- up at camp in NY there are some on the mantle from 50 years ago my husband’s father and aunt gathered and wrote their names on with their friends.
This log is cool because of the holes- those are from woodpeckers. We have lots of birds around. So far we’ve seen 3 different kinds of woodpeckers, several cardinal pairs, chickadees, a morning dove, and a whole bunch more I can’t remember at the moment. We have all had a good time looking up the ones who showed up at the bird feeders during the winter- the babies even got into it.
ok, stay with me here, it’s the woods in the country so sometimes you see things that are kind of gross, but still really cool like this:
My dad and I came upon the remains of a buck. You can see they have been there a while. It’s pretty neat to see. It was neat because I had just been talking about how odd I thought it was that we hadn’t found any antlers (there are TONS of deer around). Well, I have to tell you, I didn’t mean like this. Yes, there were antlers there, I put them in the shed (we’ll get there, but you might want to turn away if you are squeamish).
Seriously, if you were a fairy, wouldn’t you want to live there?! Here’s a close up:
Just after the fairy tree I found this really cool feather, I am just guessing, though I think it’s from a hawk.
We’re back up at the top of the hill in the back yard again and here is the shed where the yard tools and the ATV are kept.
There is a silly sign on the door:
Inside is where we put the skull of that deer… I plan on keeping the antlers, but not the rest. (looking away is completely acceptable)
Looking at the other side of the backyard, there is what used to be a garden. We plan to make a new one, just not there since that’s the drain field for the septic tank and not the best place to grow food.
just to the right, looking down the hill you can see a neighbor’s house between the trees. Can you make it out? You can just see the red roof.
Come on around to the front of the house with me and see the middle of the driveway. I want to put a bench and some plantings out there. I think it would be a neat place to kind of hang out in the Spring and Fall.
Be careful though… See the fuzzy stuff on this tree?
That’s really, REALLY old poison ivy vine. Ugh…and they’re in LOTS of places. It’s a real bummer that the previous owners didn’t seem to be able to manage it. It’s going to be a ridiculously huge project that will probably take years to get under control. It’s not the most simple thing and Brian is pretty highly allergic, so it’s one of those we aren’t looking forward to at all.
If you turn around, you’ll see one of the Easter Island heads we’ve had for years. We love these and they’ve always garnered a lot of talk when people see them so they had to come with us. They’re almost like family now- we even put santa hats on them at Christmas.
Well, that’s pretty much the place. I hope you liked the tour. It’s peaceful here and there is certainly lots to keep us busy for YEARS to come.
I’ll show in the house at some point. We just need to get through a few more boxes first….