I've decided to start this to kind of document the different things that are going on at Thirteen Acres. First, I suppose I'll tell you how Thirteen Acres came to be. I was browsing Craigslist one day and came across an ad for someone wanting to lease their land. It didn't give much detail but to say that the property had a barn and was fenced, but had not been used in a while. At the time I had no idea how I'd make this a plausible situation, so I didn't respond.
After about a week, I couldn't stand it anymore. I'd thought and thought and thought about ideas for this land. I didn't know what it looked like, but I had many daydreams about it. Finally I opened my mail and emailed this person asking for details on what they wanted to do with the land, what kind of price they'd want a month, and what I could be allowed to /do/ on the land.
The next day I received the reply. He introduced himself to me and told me that he liked horses but didn't know much about them and eventually would like to own a few. He said he was hoping for someone to work the land and make it a functioning property, someone with horse knowledge. Price? "Let's see how the first few months go and then we'll talk about a lease fee."
Well it all worked out, and we got along well. So I began to make improvements and clean up. The stalls had 2 year old hay in the mangers, grass as tall as my hips, and needed repair. So far we have cleaned everything up, chopped down the jungle that had grown, raked up the stall floors down to fresh dirt, made a feed/hay room, fenced in a back pasture of about 2 acres, converted the field shed into a chicken coop, torn out all the rotten panels and ceiling in the tack room, repaired broken pipes, and have been a working property for quite a few months! I still have a lot of big dreams for Thirteen Acres, so I'll document a few of them and how they progress as well as what goes on and who joins our family.
Next on the list of projects: Ground the rest of our posts and put up a round pen, finish cleaning out the tack room and install new panels/ceiling tiles, build some saddle stands, section off more pasture with fencing, plant some fruit trees, take down old fence around the "house spot" and repaint/repair it fully, GET THE BATHROOM WORKING IN THE TACK ROOM...and I'm sure there is more.
So. Here starts the "blog" of Thirteen Acres! WISH ME LUCK!
Oh! And I gave Thirteen Acres its clever name because...well it is approximately 13 acres of land! HA