Monthly Archives: January 2014

Can you see the Forest for the Trees?

After the first year of owning our property the taxes doubled. I contacted the Assessor’s office to see why and found out that when the larger parcel was split, our 24 acres became classified as residential. Mind you, there is … Continue reading

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Parting [with heavy equipment] is such sweet sorrow

We’ve been lucky this winter.  It has been relatively dry, which is great because we’ve had the use of an excavator and a skid steer for the past three months and we only had to cover the insurance and fuel – a pretty … Continue reading

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Ham and Bacon – Smoke ‘Em If Ya Got ‘Em

It is that time of year again where we find ourselves elbow deep in porky goodness. This year we have half a Tamworth hog, and so far the chops and sausage have been delectable. As usual we asked for the offal … Continue reading

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