We had about three acres that we had partially cleared after we purchased this land ten years ago. To date, only about an acre remains free of dense forested land. The forest reclaims its territory very quickly and without much effort. It's always amazing to us how we find new pine trees sprouting in every direction, upon every visit to the acreage.
So, the last time we visited, we found that the pine trees growing in one area were towering already, so we decided to leave them be. Besides, we were devastated to find that the next door neighbor had clear cut their land.
It looked like a bomb had gone off next door and nothing was there but dirt. We stood at the edge of our wooded zone and could not believe the vast difference between our forest and the cleared land next door.
|This is looking from our property out over theirs toward the Farm to Market Road.|
Then, we realized that run-off would be a problem because all of this land is on a slope. So, we decided to leave our newly grown trees as a buffer to help soil retention.
|Lyla is checking it out with us. To the right is our property line.|
|To the left is our forested land and straight ahead is also our property|
with our dense line of trees.
Deputy Dave grew up in construction. In fact, for many years his father owned a commercial construction company in the Houston area that Deputy Dave and his two brothers worked in while growing up. Their dad had lots of free labor with his three sons, so all three of these young men grew up with great construction skills. Each of them have an "I can do attitude."
Today, if they have never tackled a specific kind of job, the unknown does not deter them because they all have confidence that they'll figure it out. Working in construction will do that to you.
His dad hit hard times, as many people do, and the construction company came to an end, but my husband had thankfully made the decision to pursue a different direction. So, while his brothers stayed in Houston area industries, Deputy Dave was sent overseas for military service. And I followed along.
|Our land...we'd planted St. Augustine pallets of grass many years|
ago and it has since spread out very nicely. It even survives drought
conditions and will give you a burst of green upon a good rain.
From the start, I fully supported his dream to be in the Air Force.
Ever since he made the decision to not work (professionally) in construction and to get away from the oil/chemical industry so popular in Houston, he began what would be a long career in law enforcement. Today, he's been with the Harris County Sheriff's Department for over twenty years and with his military service added into his retirement system points, he's eligible for retirement within two years.
Deputy Dave has always contended that once his baby, our Stefie, is able to walk across the stage for her graduation from university, then he will retire.
We look forward to that day. She probably has 1 1/2 years left to graduate. Then, we will be able to make the move...who knows, we might do it sooner. At least we'll start constructing a little cabin for our weekend use, as soon as possible.
Of course, life in the country will be less expensive because we will not have the high taxes that we have in the Greater Houston area, and we certainly won't have the very high home insurance costs that we have since we live near the bay, and we also won't have high car insurance payments because our primary residence will no longer be in Harris County, which is the county of the Greater Houston area. So many costs for daily living will automatically be reduced, drastically.
But, we are most excited right now about being able to harvest all of the trees growing on our land, a clustered grove of pine trees...in the area we'd previously cleared. So, we are checking out saw mill equipment. For now, I believe we'll be using a nice chain saw to get started. We've gone through a few chain saws on that acreage already, but it's time to get a nicer chain saw and possibly a band saw for milling the lumber harvested from our trees on our land. We've got to get started quickly because the drying time for the lumber needs to get going.
|Within the next couple of weeks, I'll have an updated photo of this area.|
Those trees are towering by now. They grow so very fast.
So, today, Deputy Dave is pulling everything out of our garage here at the house in the Houston area and he's taking inventory of our equipment, working on our Cub Cadet lawn tractor for our next trip to the land coming soon, and will are looking at chain saws that would allow him to do some major cutting.
|You can better see the St. Augustine grass in this area.|
No, it's not green, but with a bit of rain, it is lush and gorgeously green.
And here we go again...
|Backside of our property, near the lake. Howdy is checking|
out an area that's been used by some people camping on our land.