Good Morning, yesterday I worked at weeding the rest of the onion bed and Norman weeded the potato bed. We got them almost done in the morning and then Norman raked leaves and I weeded the aspagrus bed getting that half done. Today there is a big storn moving in so we can’t work in the gardens today. Things seem to move very slow in this business so I got to thinking where we started and where we were now and thought you might like to see that journey also. We took pictures of the gardens and the farm so we can see where we are now. But lets start at the beginning. In June of 2006 we got talking to Patty about land in TN. She said she might like to get a piece of land and have a place to get away to camp etc. We liked the idea as things were getting too crowded in Blairsville, GA so we started looking for land in TN. We picked Spencer, TN as a small town with mountains and farms to look. We came up and found a real estate dealer and asked about a piece of land. They had just gotten a listing for a piece in the woods of about 7 acres and we went to look at it. We drove forever, it seemed and got deeper and deeper into the woods, from the highway down a long black topped road to a short dirt road to a steep dirt road and ended at a gate. From there we had to walk down a dirt one lane “road” and out a path. This was the piece of land Norman wanted. He loved it right away. I was not so sure. There were no people you could see and no place to build a farm, that I could see. Anyways at the end of the “road” was a clearing. It was possible to drive to this clearing but from there to the bluff you had to walk. We bought the land that day, and by July we were here with Patty and Tyler camping in the clearing.
This is Tyler just unpacking the truck.
If you look over his shoulder you can see the road we just drove down to get to this clearing. Note the densely wooded area all around. This clearning was made by the man who owned the land before us. He had cleared this for tenting with his boys. This land is on Baker Mountain which is on the Plateau. The road runs along the mountain and the land slopes up on the right and down on the left of this road. This picture gives you a good idea of what the piece of land looked like and why I found it hard to dream of a farm here. The first job was to clear enough of the briars and under growth to put up the three tents we had brought with us. As the men unloaded the truck, Patty and I cut brush and briars and cleared it away. This is an east facing mountain, to the north, that is behind me are two paths leading to the bluff and the end of our land. To the south is the road out and to the east was all the stumps and roots that had been bull dozed out to make this clearing and west is just dense woods with a couple buildings beyond out of sight. We had hoped to cut and sell some timber to help pay for the building of a camp, but more on that later. Right now it was just clear enough to set up tents. Patty’s tent went up first as she knew what she was doing.
This was followed by Tyler’s and then with a lot of help one for Norman and me. We got them all set up and ready to sleep that first night. The next day was spent planning what we would do with the place and making a farm out of it was way down the list of ideas. Patty spent the next evening picking ticks out of the dogs. I have never seen so many ticks in my life! We spent a day just walking around the land, looking for the boundries and seeing what we had. It was a great week end but I knew I didn’t want to spend every vacation here tramping through the woods. Note the logs set out for a fire. We had a bon fire that night which was a lot of fun and made the whole things fun. Norman and I went back up another week end to see if we could sell some of the trees on this lot but that was not successful as the trees were mostly scrub trees and not enough large good timber trees to make it worth while for the company to bring in the big equipment to cut them, and as we decussed it we decided we didn’t want the mess that would be left to clean up. They would clean up the mess but that would cost more than the timber was worth so we went home to talk about the future of this land. Tomorrow I will tell you about the wild time that followed so that by Jan. 2007 we were moving into our new home on Baker Mountain. A quick note about the present before I give the computer to Norman. When we left here in November we said good bye to the old wild cat that had been living with us on our porch all summer. He had been around here for three years, we feed him dry food and water but have never tamed him, he will not let us come near him and when ever family come to visit us he takes off and returns when they are gone. When we left this year we thought this winter would be the end of him, his eye was bad from a fight he had had a couple years ago and he had been quite bad this summer for a week or so, not sure what from as you could not get near him. Anyways, he just showed up again. Norman was down on the porch working to stay out of the rain and cat showed up and meowed to him. Norman came up and put out some food for him on the front porch and called to him and he came up to eat. You have to put the food out and go back into the house before he will eat, he is always ready to run away if you go any where near him. It is nice to see he made it through the winter and looks very good. I am sure he has another house that feeds him when we are not here. Have a great day.