|1922 sharecropper farm house on 3.75 acres of land
Above is the front of the little house. We're downsizing. The house is about 1100 square feet. It will house four adults and two dogs.
Today, husband Adam had some urgent pastoral work to do, so daughter Anna and I went to the new house to clean ... deep clean.
Yesterday when we came in the pouring rain, we heard someone drive up to the house. It was the man from the water department, coming already to turn on the water! Yay! Cleaning cannot commence without water, right? He turned it on, and came to the front door. "Do you have water running in the house?" he asked.
"No," we replied.
"Then you've got a bad leak somewhere," he answered ominously.
Sure enough, we could hear water gushing under the house, beneath the bathroom.
So today our contractor could not begin with the roof. He began with the plumbing. As they say, Expect the Unexpected! Especially with an old house.
Let me show you a bit of the outside. In the next post, I'll give you a tour of the house.
The bulk of the property is in a pie-wedge-shaped field, nicely fenced already with water there. It's now overgrown, but we have a friend who's offered to come brush-hog it for us, to get it under control. Adam hopes to use a hand scythe to keep it mowed. He's watched all kinds of videos, and this is his preference. With the grass so tall, you can only barely see the barn back there:
1. house, with deck, covered carport, and garage immediately behind
2. cement outbuilding (the #2 is white and somewhat hard to see. It's to the right of the house.)
3. little red horse barn, complete with office, storage room, and two large stalls
4. main field. Adam will grow wheat here. He has many uses for the wheat, one of which is to help grow oyster mushrooms to sell.
5. orchard. This is a mysterious, overgrown part of the property, now tangled and full of poison ivy. Adam plans to clear it out in the winter when the ivy is less active. We hope for grape vines (the previous owner made wine, we think) and fruit trees.
6. overgrown area around outbuilding. It looks awful now, but has a couple of pretty, small fruit trees. I want to clear this area soon.
7. location of future cob house. We love cob house construction. We hope to build a cob home here, further away from the road. This might allow us later to rent/sell the original house, or have a family member live there.
That's it for the first day at the farm! Not much farming going on ... haha! ... but we're taking baby steps. More on the inside of the house in the next post.