We have paid the mulcher 2 times to clear our property then we paid the tree plucker 2 times plus he did some mulching at the end.
None of this would have been possible without our daughter Jeanelle supervising the mulchers and tree pluckers while they were there. Our son-in-law David did our first burning and it took a few days to burn out.
Basically, if you are buying forest land please know up front this will cost you about $5000.00 to do for two acres.
They have to clear an area so you can burn the trees without burning the forest. This of course has to happen when there is no burn ban. In the meantime, you have huge piles of trees to look at. This picture was at the beginning of the new piles the second tree plucking and after the first burning of piles.
What you can do is pick and choose the trees you want to keep. We wanted to keep some magnolias, sweet gums, oaks, maples and a few we were not sure of the names. I love trees and I know it takes a long time to get them to grow very big. I wanted to save plenty of trees even if we have to cut some down later on. We found 10-foot tall or taller magnolias.
Next up we will get the electricity and the well.
We think we are building kinda to the left in this picture. Every time we go there we have problems trying to decide. It’s not easy to figure this out especially when you know later on you will add onto this for your new permanent residence.
Right now we have sunrise behind us and sunset in front of us it really is perfect.
In the cabin, I want a lot of large windows as many as I can get because I want to see the outdoors while indoors. In other words, I want to be one with nature.
Being surrounded by trees and wildlife is going to be wonderful plus having the grandkids within walking distance down the trails.
This year has been very productive for the rabbits.
We had a nest of bunnies in the backyard that the dogs found but we saw them and protected them.
We have 4 medium-sized rabbits I see every evening in the pasture and on the deck.
I saw two just a while ago in the pasture and today there were two babies eating bird seed.
I bought them some Timothy Hay and Alfalfa cubes to feed them. I am sure it’s better for them than birdseed. Jack is going to get me some rabbit food tomorrow. I am also filling water bowls around since this drought is brutal on the animals.
They have probably been watching us longer than we have them. I really do love the wildlife.
This young cardinal is somewhere between 9 – 11 days old that is when they fledge the nest.
The day before yesterday I was watering the shrub it was in and boy did it squeal. With our current drought, there’s not been a lot of rain. I had no idea there was a nest in the shrub.
A few hours later I look out and I see the parents circling it to get off a limb of another shrub and fly. I got to get a few pictures in between all the action. I can hear them fussing so I know the baby is not listening.
This was my first time seeing a cardinal fledgling and I adore red birds so this meant a lot to me.