This is a story about how we got started with our farm several years ago...I was chatting with a friend one day and talking about how we got our house, and she wanted to see some photos so I decided to write the story for my blog and share photos instead of trying to e-mail a bunch to her. If you missed the first part of this story, you can find the links to all the parts on my links page.
The summer of 2002 was a busy year, when we were able to take time to go to our farm. We had a driveway put in, so we didn't have to park on the road, or go the long way around, to get down to our homestead site (winding through the pasture after going in through the gate that was at the south-west end of our property...the homestead was on the north end).
The driveway had to go over the creek, which meant we had to have someone come put in a used culvert we had gotten ahold of for cheap. They had to bring dirt up from along the creek, so the driveway could be raised up some, so it would go over the large culvert we had gotten. We were really happy to have the driveway so it was a lot easier to get into our place.
Once that was in, we started the process of building a two room cabin, which would eventually be DH's wood shop, if we ever moved to the farm. We wanted a place we could stay in, on our farm, because neither of us really like to camp too much and this way we would be able to come in the winter if we had the chance to. We stayed a few times with DH's brother, but didn't feel real comfortable imposing on them, so knew that had to change quickly. After staying there a few times, we bought a inflatable mattress, and slept beside the outhouse...till we had the cabin floor up, then slept on it, as the walls were being put up. While not enjoying camping, it was preferable to feeling like we were inconveniencing his brother.
We had to use a little generator that DH had, to be able to run the power tools, and used battery power tools whenever possible. We put it on "skids"...although it really would be to big for us to move our self, it could be moved easier if need be...although at this late date, there really is no need...but at the time, we wanted to be able to, if we needed to. (Besides it was cheaper that way. LOL)
DH's sister helped out some with the building...and even his brother came over when it came to the roof and helped put the shingles on the back half of it (amazingly).
We finally had it enclosed so we could move some furniture in, and have a "home" on our farm. We would work on getting vinyl siding up as we could, but least we had a place we could store some things and to sleep and cook and relax on our farm.
Stay tuned to see some inside shots...
...next time on "Our Hillbilly Home".
More will come once I get the photos gathered, and words written...please forgive the fact that I'm clearly NOT a "writer" AND the time it could take for the next part to show up...a day, a week, a month or... God forbid... a year.
Next installment is here.