This is part 2 of a moving to the Homestead series. See this link for part 1.
Where do you want to be in 10 years, how about 20 years? That question is not about financial stability, or your career, where do you want to be physically in 10 years, what do you want your life to be like?
I want peace and quiet in my life. I want a back porch where I can grill some steaks, listen to the wind blowing through the trees, hear the chickens,,, and that is all I want to hear, except maybe some music.
I want a small garden that my wife and I can get fresh food from.
I want my chickens to be able to free range as much as they want, because happy chickens lay plenty of eggs.
Where do I want to be next year (2013)? I want to be living in peace and quiet. But first, my wife and I have to get there.
One of the things that has to be taken care of before we are able to put a house on the land, is some of the timber has to be cleared. As much as I despise cutting trees, we have to make room for a home. Not only room for a home, but the fence rows need to be cut.
Nobody has lived at the Homestead full time since the late 1970s, which was when my grandmother passed away. Mom and dad moved from the Jasper Texas area in the late 1970s and have lived in Bridge City for the past 35 years.
In 2005 my wife and I landed a job in Jasper. Instead of buying land, why not move back to the Homestead?
Its been about 20 years since the timber has been cut. During that 20 years pine and sweet gum trees have slowly encroached into the fields. One area that used to get plenty of sunlight for growing peas and potatoes is now shaded by pine trees.
After the fence rows have been cleared and the fences rebuilt, maybe mom, dad, my brother and I can get a couple of cows? With the way meat prices are going, we are going to have to do something.
Several months ago I posted an article about a long term survival garden. After looking at where the house is going to be put, I am rethinking the garden. But that is another article.
Its going to take a couple of weeks for the logger to cut the timber. After that my wife and I will need to clear some brush and, have a water well dug.
Forum Thread – Clearing timber at the Homestead
Having timber cut at the Homestead.
Removing the limbs from the pine trees makes them easier to handle and easier to transport.[img src=http://www.survivalboards.com/wp-content/gallery/cutting-timber/thumbs/thumbs_pine-trees-128121135.jpg]800Pine trees stacked up
Skidder stacked up the pine trees and are ready to pull to the delimber[img src=http://www.survivalboards.com/wp-content/gallery/cutting-timber/thumbs/thumbs_skidder-128121134.jpg]820Skidder
Skidder driving from one field to the other.[img src=http://www.survivalboards.com/wp-content/gallery/cutting-timber/thumbs/thumbs_skidder-12812942.jpg]780
[img src=http://www.survivalboards.com/wp-content/gallery/cutting-timber/thumbs/thumbs_skidder-stacking-pine-trees-128121131.jpg]660Stacking pine trees
Skidder stacking pine trees in a neat pile. [img src=http://www.survivalboards.com/wp-content/gallery/cutting-timber/thumbs/thumbs_skidder-with-tree-128121129.jpg]690Skidder with pine tree
Skidder carrying a cut pine tree.