Friday, February 10, 2017

Breaking Ground!

It's really happening, folks.

The start of our driveway!

We drove out the other night to the property to check on the progress of the driveway construction and lo and behold--to our surprise--they had broken ground on our house!!!

Looking at the footprint of our new house!

Looking towards the western end of the property and the start of a livestock fence

We closed on the construction loan on January 20th and since then have been anticipating when construction would start. Now that it has begun things may happen pretty quickly--we are so excited!

View looking back down the driveway towards the road--this is one of the views you will see from the front porch :)

BJ and the girls "inside" the footprint of our house

The start of a livestock fence to secure the back yard from the horses and cows. This view faces the South, where our garden will sit on the other side of the house.

I'm so looking forward to sharing our progress with you on the making of our 11 acre homestead. Stay tuned for updates!

Our first family "selfie" at our build site!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Follow Me on Pinterest!

Yes, folks--obviously I am a wee bit behind in the technology world because I am just now creating a Pinterest page for Restoring the Roost.  You can find it by clicking here.

Previously I just had a Restoring the Roost board on my personal Pinterest profile, but then I figured that people following my blog may not want all that other junk that I randomly save to my personal account.

Hopefully the Restoring the Roost Pinterest page will be useful to you in finding ideas and helpful tips on topics like homesteading, architectural history, interior design and DIY projects, gardening, country living, and historic preservation.

You'll be able to find all of my top posts linked to my Pinterest account for those of you who are regular Pinterest browsers....of course you can always find my posts on my Facebook page or you can sign up for direct emails to your inbox!

Monday, January 23, 2017

No Garden This Year

What?!?  Yes, you read right, we aren't doing a garden this year. Due to all the work and time that will taken up in building our new house, we decided it would be best not do our usual vegetable garden. Sad, I know :(

one of our first vegetable gardens

my homegrown heirloom tomatoes I will miss the most!

Instead, we will be purchasing a CSA (community supported agriculture) share so that we can still enjoy farm-fresh produce and cook with seasonal, local ingredients. Plus I enjoy the challenge of creating a week's worth of meals based on what we get in our share box each week!

beets from our garden

peppers harvested from our garden in November

Not to worry--we will still get to dig in the dirt a little bit. We will be busy planting fruit trees, perennial plants and vegetables and constructing the garden at the new property all through the spring and summer. We plan to build several rows of raised beds surrounded by a picket fence and bordered by berry bushes. Below is a sketch I drew up a while back of the kitchen garden, which will sit directly south of the house.

I'm so excited to get started on everything. We've already purchased some of the fruit trees to plant--some apples, pears, and plums. I also hope to add some figs, nectarines, and maybe a cherry or two to the mix.