Friday, December 30, 2011

Yard Work...

I found a little bit of sunshine is all it takes to turn a dreary December day into a the perfect opportunity for yard work.  
I intend to pick up all of the loose branches and sticks that might find their way in the path of my new mower blades, and this is the perfect time to do it.
It isn't the view you might see in the mountains or in some of the more colorful states, but I'll take T-shirts and shorts over cold weather any day of the year.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Looks nice, pilgrim.

How many acres do you have?

Dave said...

We sit on just over a very manageable acre and a half. For the foreseeable future though, we have no neighbors in sight, so our small footprint sits within a much bigger and beautiful view. We'll enjoy it while it lasts.

Anonymous said...

Dave,
1.5 ac is not bad, certainly better than city lots:) When we bought our 6ac a year ago, we felt it was a bit tight even though we had no neighbors..yet. Our lot is within a rural ranch subdivision, so there are over 30 lots with about 3 still for sale and around 2-3 people already building a home of some sort. Rather than a square, our property is a very thin long rectangle and so I started looking at ways to increase the acreage. To the left of us, we have a neighbor, but he hasn't built a place yet. To the right of us it opens up to a larger 20+ ac tract (the original land owner of the entire area whom I think sold part of his land to the developer that sold it to us) and seeing that I wanted a bit more breathing room, I wrote the landowner a letter asking if she'd be interested in selling off about 2 ac to my right. She accepted and we got a bit of a better deal than our original purchase. I now can annex some more land to my original tract.

Just an idea, perhaps you may want to ask your neighbors if they would be willing to sell you some more land (if that's what you want). When I talk to friends that live in the country they all agree this is the best and cheapest way to buy more land. One guy told me that he tried to get his neighbor to pay half of the cost to build a fence to divide their property--the neighbor refused and so the guy asked if he'd be willing to sell the tract of land for it and he said yes. I can tell you that, if you can afford it, to buy as much land as you can. It's a common theme I hear when I talk to land owners--they all wish they bought more! They aren't making any more...

Dave said...

It's a common theme I hear when I talk to land owners--they all wish they bought more! They aren't making any more...

You ain't kidding! We had decided almost within a month or two of moving out here that we wanted more land. We have toyed with the idea of purchasing the lot next to ours which would give us a full 3 acres. My nearest neighbor has been talking about purchasing the lot next to her, so that would basically keep two full lots "empty", between us, thus preserving the view and the deer that enjoy the area.

The price for lots in our sub-division is more than what you might pay further out in the country, but paved roads, fire hydrants and Internet were important to us. I have to admit, 10 acres has a good feel to it, but our smaller lot has kept us pretty busy, and we love it.