Homesteading

It seems like yesterday we moved to this beautiful, rural mountain area. We fell in love with the property when we found it two years ago.  It has everything we wanted to homestead, including 18.5 acres, a one-level home, several outbuildings, a pond, a workshop with a root cellar, 21 sugar maple trees, three grapevines and a large hayfield.

Our dog, Jamie, enjoying a warm fire during the holidays

The interior of the house was dated, but the home had a fairly new roof, siding and storm windows.  We updated the home’s interior.  We redid both the kitchen and bath, replaced all of the flooring, faucets and light fixtures and painted every dark-paneled wall throughout.  In addition, we finished the mudroom addition the previous owners started, and updated the front porch with a beadboard ceiling and painted the floor. We installed a vintage reproduction screen door between the kitchen and mudroom and also one at the front door.  They remind me of the screen door on the Walton’s, complete with that sound when you open and close them. We also added a stone hearth to accommodate our wood stove, which heats the entire house. We bought one with a glass front door, so we could enjoy the ambiance of the flames. During the colder months, I love having my morning coffee in front of a warm, crackling fire.

One of the best things about living in the country is the ability to grow our own organic vegetables. Last season, we had an amazing garden.  We added a small greenhouse to our property and started the plants from seed. We then created a 48′ x 48′ fenced-in garden area.   The soil is very rocky here in the mountains. After removing the rocks, we amended the soil with compost from our compost spinner. We look forward to starting our plants from seed in the greenhouse in a couple of weeks.

We’ve been slow to add animals to our homestead. We plan on adding chickens and a couple of goats in the near future, once some accommodations have been made to the outbuilding we plan to convert to a barn/chicken coop.

The most wonderful part of living here has been the peacefulness.  During the warmer months, I love waking up in the morning and throwing open the front door.  You can hear the birds chirping and the sound of rushing water from the stream.  The air is crisp and fresh, without any hint of the smell of automobile exhaust fumes.

Looking forward to sitting out  on the front porch in my rocking chair soon!

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