Day 2 found us sleeping in, me with a headache groaning since 4 AM and my husband with back spasms. But eventually we made our way to the farm and spent an hour or so flagging trees to fell. Not many, mind you. Mainly suckers and ones with half split limbs from storm damage.

We were thrilled to find among the elms and pecans and maples a lone birch tree that must be 40 feet tall. I can’t wait to see it this fall when the leaves change colors. We also made our way to the creek today and found several small trees and this large one with evidence of beaver activity sometime in the past.

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Deer tracks were scattered along the creek bank too. They seem to be eating the mimosa trees that we don’t like which are growing like weeds everywhere. They will be put to good use in some fencing projects, but we aren’t going to let them keep growing willy nilly. A couple of willows and a chestnut also grace the quarter of the land we’ve managed to stroll through so far.

The other exciting thing was to get our electricity turned on with a light. I know, I know. It’s grid-tied but for the moment, until we get our alternative energy sources up and running, and have our permaculture buildings underground where its cool in the 100+ temps of Oklahoma summer, electricity is a must if we are going to get any work done.

Still enjoying the Rose of Sharon bushes that seem to be everywhere too. White, purple, and pink ones are blooming like mad right now and the bumble bees love them. That’s a good sign for our bee colonies we hope to establish in the coming year. Here’s one of the blooms from today.

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Tomorrow we tackled the driveway and entry in another early morning sprint. Then I can build my wattle fence and clear the parking area for the load of gravel we need to bring in. So much to do and so few hours in the day.

Our biggest problem is that once we are out there, we never want to leave … but that’s a problem I don’t intend to fix any time soon. I love this land.