Janelle took this picture soon after we purchased the land. We were walking around holding our youngest, who was less than three weeks old at the time. Much work was ahead of us but we didn’t care. This was something amazing and at times didn’t feel real. The day the people came to move the modular home was a big day because then we could officially start clearing the land for the house.
The construction site for where we would put our home looked a bit like a war zone when the modular home was finally moved away. There were four long concrete pads I needed to do something with, fencing that needed to be removed and random bits of stuff that was left over from items stored under the home.
An important part of having kids on a homestead is their involvement when it is safe for them to do so. My oldest daughter came along this day to help toss in the fire the stuff that would burn and bag up the rest for the dumpster. I think she really enjoyed the fire part.
About a year before we started the build I purchased a very used circa 1979 Allis-Chalmers tractor, because that’s what every homestead needs right.
I couldn’t image what it would cost to have someone come and take them away so I figured I better find something useful to do with them. The concrete pads were too heavy to drag in one piece so ended up breaking them down to 10 to 15-foot pieces. A few pieces I used to build a base for our burn pit.
With the tractor, I was able to drag some of the concrete slabs near one of the remaining fences and then with some leverage and a lot of patience and sweat get them right up tight against the fence. I had three small trees that would just be too close to the house I had to remove so they got to be the starts to my first woodpile.
I just had to share this picture. Having never cut down a cedar tree before, I had not known the colorful beauty that could be inside. Not to mention the aroma of it being freshly cut.
Lastly, I would like to share a very old aerial photograph of our homesteading site. There are many more trees now and directly around our building site the previous owner had planted 10 oaks that are now very mature and give a lot of needed shade. We own 5 1/4 acres and are surrounded on three sides by 40 acres owned by my father-in-law.
Next time we will be breaking ground for the basement.