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Want a tour?

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?

You’ve seen the outside of the house and shop… and if you check in on my Facebook page you’ve seen the “bottle farm”…. and Instagram will show you the chicken coop we took down yesterday.

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…

sxs back of 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.

sxs chicken coop gone

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.

sxs old pool

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,

sxs tire swing and fire pit

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.

sxs shed and swing

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?

sxs fire pit logs

From there, turn around. This is your view and the big mountains in the back are West Virginia.

sxs mountains of WV

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?

sxs stream

Walk a little to the right and you find the meeting of another stream.

sxs stream meeting

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…

sxs up stream

and then downstream…

sxs downstream

If you head back up the hill through the trees, you’ll find some pretty neat things…

…lots of fox holes,

sxs fox den

a seriously ridiculous amount of broken and fallen trees,

sxs broken tree

super cool moss on a log,

sxs mossy trunk

on a rock,

sxs mossy rock

and all kinds of different fungus.

sxs 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.

sxs big fungus
sxs grey fungus

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.

sxs woodpecker holes

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:

sxs deer remains

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).

sxs fairy house tree

Seriously, if you were a fairy, wouldn’t you want to live there?! Here’s a close up:

sxs fairy house close

Just after the fairy tree I found this really cool feather, I am just guessing, though I think it’s from a hawk.

sxs hawk feather

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.

sxs mil shed

There is a silly sign on the door:

sxs shed sign

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)

sxs deer head

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.

sxs garden

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.

sxs neighbors

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.

sxs front drive

Be careful though… See the fuzzy stuff on this tree?

sxs old poison ivy vine

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.

sxs easter island head

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….

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  • Reply
    March 16, 2015 at 6:48 PM

    Awesome! Can’t imagine how much more beautiful it will look when the greenery and blooms come out!

    And now you’re members of the “landed gentry”…or is that no longer a thing?

    • Reply
      March 16, 2015 at 7:35 PM

      Hi Larry! Ok.. I’ll admit I had to look up “landed gentry” but yes, one day it would be so great to live entirely off rental income! 😉 I am very excited to see how it looks when everything starts blooming and is finally green… though not the poison ivy… that can stay away…

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    Ruth Anne
    March 16, 2015 at 7:41 PM

    Thanks for the tour–your new place looks so peaceful. I’m sure the woods in the spring will be beautiful!

    • Reply
      March 16, 2015 at 7:51 PM

      Thank you Ruth Anne. It’s quiet out here for sure… even when those bad babies are yelling. I am looking forward to seeing it as the seasons progress and seeing how much we get done in the next year too.

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    March 16, 2015 at 7:55 PM

    Scottie, it’s beautiful! I love it! I look forward to seeing the rest.

    • Reply
      March 16, 2015 at 8:13 PM

      Thanks! I am excited to get it to a point I can show you!

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    Eliesa @ Pinterest Addict
    May 18, 2016 at 9:36 PM

    At some point, we must make a plan to visit each other! Your property is beautiful – I’m sure it’s even prettier now that it’s spring/summer. Do you ever get to see the foxes?

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      May 19, 2016 at 7:29 PM

      With all the rain we’ve gotten it’s crazy green! We have fewer foxes this year than last but I do see one occasionally. I am sure now that we have a gazillion chickens, I will see him a bit more often.

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