Beauty Berry Jelly

In Livingston in the woods beneath the trees lies the beautyberry bushes.

They are everywhere if you can beat the wildlife to them you will have a treasure.

The wildlife loves the berries but they are too tart for people to eat. They do make some delicious jelly.

My grandchildren picked almost two gallons and then asked me to make some Jelly.

This was my first time making the beauty berry jelly but it turned out great.

We ended up with 14 half pints in the first batch and 8 pints and 2 – 1/2 half pints in the second batch.

That was not too bad for almost 2-gallon zip locks of berries.

Clearing our Property

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.

Irises are blooming

My Louisiana Irises are blooming and they are beautiful this year.

My grandmother would be so proud since she gave these to me many years ago.

These are the ones in the bog and as you can see we have to remove 3/4 of these after they bloom. Bogs can not work properly if the plants are too crowded.

Luckily my sister needs about 75 for a project so she will give them a new home.

I want to take some to Livingston to plant at our future homestead.

This time of year something is blooming on every corner at the Lira house and I love it.

A bucket of Pups

These 7 little Registered Cane Corso puppies were 6 weeks old when I took these pictures they are now 7 weeks old.

They will all be getting ear crops this week. I kept Crickets ears because I love those big old floppy ears but most people want them cropped.

Purple Collar is a feisty little girl I think the tan collar is a boy and I know aqua is a girl and the smallest of the bunch. In weight, she likes half the size of orange and red collar boys.

These little puppies are getting quite adventurous running, hiding, playing, wrestling, and finding their favorite stick to chew on.

They are quite hard to get group pics of even with the bucket some would jump out, some would get on top of others some would hide behind others. It was quite exhausting trying to pull this off.

There is nothing to compare to the cuteness of puppies.

Doggie Maternity Shots

Little Lady was expecting another litter of puppies.

I shot these pictures on Sunday, April 10th. in Livingston, Texas the day before she had the litter of three.

It looks like she’s posing for a Maternity Dog Magazine.

Crickets pups 13 days old

Today Crickets pups are 13 days old.

You might be noticing there are only 8 pups. A few days ago we lost two puppies.

Cricket was laying on top of them when she was sleeping and did not realize it and they were crushed. Little puppies can root right under a mama dog. Jeanelle went to check on everyone and found her and when she stood up she noticed the two pups were crushed. Jeanelle and I both cried over this. Things like this happen and it is just very sad.

The remaining 8 are all doing well tails were docked last week and Cricket got a check-up she is back to her normal weight of 153 #s. The pups are gaining weight fast which is really good.

Their eyes are starting to open and they are trying to walk.

More updates as time goes on.

Bench in the woods

We were in Livingston a few weeks ago I was taking puppy pictures, family pictures, and grandkid pictures.

A lone bench on a trail in the East Texas woods had this feeling of calmness.

Life can be hectic and taking the time to enjoy this moment of serenity was perfect.

Cricket 21- months old

Cricket is our 21-month-old Cane Corso she is a Brindle that is very tall has huge feet and weighs in around 150#’s.

She is eating 4 to 4 1/2 cups a day of a high protein food. The one we buy is 26% protein and 20% fat. I had to cut back on her food because she was getting fat right now she actually looks really good.

Cricket is the biggest female to be born at Shady Acres so far. I believe the biggest male is around 170#s.

There are people on the waiting list for a puppy out of her and she should be going into heat within the next month. This will be her first breeding and hopefully it will not be a huge litter.

She loves to run in the backyard and drink out of the birdbaths because they are just her height. Going on a walk and investigating the area outside of our yard is one of her favorite things to do.

When it is bedtime she gets 1 hour in the house and she drinks about 1 gallon of water gets her treats and in the kennel she goes for the night.

She loves attention and is great with the grandkids but when she starts running full speed towards you that is when you think you are going to be run over by a freight train. She will run straight at you and miss you by 1 – 2 inches this is part of her silly personality. There is nothing funnier than a 150# silly dog.

Never let the size of a dog intimidate you just because a dog is big does not mean they are mean.

Rainy day mushrooms

When it rains we always get lots of mushrooms growing in the yard and the pasture.

We had a fairy ring of a bunch of mushrooms in the pasture and some scattered mushrooms in the yard and pasture.

Mushrooms come in all shapes and sizes and some have more texture than others.

I find them intriguing to get pictures of because you really want to show off the definition of them to capture their true beauty.

Mushrooms can be quite photogenic if given the chance.

Through the piney woods

Our daughter her husband and their four children just moved to East Texas yesterday.

The house they had lived in for the last 4 years sold the first week it was on the market and they needed more property. They decided East Texas might just be the place and they found 25 acres to purchase.

The first thing they had to do was some clearing but they hired that done. Then they wanted the mulching people with their machines to cut some trails through the woods for them all to enjoy. I only went down one trail but it was truly amazing. They are naming the trails and I believe this one is Piney Trail.

I have always loved the woods, trails, wildlife and nature so this type property is right up my ally.

They will be living about 1 1/2 hours from us and they are very close to Lake Livingston which they will all love its a great fishing lake. It was my dads favorite fishing lake when we were kids.

They are already looking at side by side ATV’s to make getting around and working on the property easier.

Our oldest grandson Andrew who is 10 years old is picking us out a location for a weekend house in the woods. He has it figured out I need a few sweetgum trees to attract the wildlife.

They have game cameras set up and have seen deer, wild hog and racoons. One racoon was investigating the camera.

Our grandkids will have lots of great adventures in these woods and are already planning club houses and lookout towers. I think they need some Ninja warrior obstacle course equipment including a zip line.

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