For those of you who have been following our journey over the last several years, you know how long and hard we have worked to bring this gorgeous Victorian Queen Anne farmhouse and farm back to its original state and to add farm features that work for our interests – specifically a horse barn and riding facility. Well as of this last week we have finally finished this two year effort and we are going to show you the photos of life at the farm as of this morning. We just completed all the landscaping this last week including hydrangeas around the whole house and everything weeded – so yes! We are done with this phase of our project. We will now begin an addition to the house starting this next month.
So, for those of you who have been following our journey here it is in pictures – everything we have accomplished and work done specifically over the last month at the farm.
Now that all the landscaping is in we had to powerwash the entire house including the walls, windows, decks and railings. I recently painted all the railings, decks and doors new colors – dark blue doors and deep grey deck surface. We had to paint all the railings from scratch as Mike built those all from pine he milled from our trees in New York at the ranch. Now, along with the beautiful landscaping, the house is spanking white like it should be. It is truly lovely on our full wrap around porch.
The chicks, turkeys, ducks and pheasants that were hatched out this spring are big and happily roam free on many occasion around our yard.
The garden is going gang busters with various beans, okra, corn, squash, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and various greens.
The chicken coop was deeply cleaned with new shavings in the nesting boxes and gravel brought in for the floor to keep it clean and dry.
Pumpkins are growing well along with cantelope, watermelon, apples, grapes and walnuts in our orchards.
While it is not completely easy to see in the photo below due to lower elevation where this picture was taken, all our beds have been landscaped with hydrangeas, azaleas and monkey grass for edging. The outer beds have also all been landscaped which will be seen in photos further on down. Mike added all the porch railings all the way around the house from trees he milled himself from our ranch in New York.
Below you can see the finished efforts of our new horse barn and riding facility along with hanging swing above and viewing room /gazebo that has all been landscaped. Hydrangeas, roses and day lillies now surround this whole island. This was all an overgrown jungle last year at this time and was unwalkable due to weeds and trees.
And now we head down to our lower livestock barn and other pastures to view our progress with our other livestock / farm activities.
We hope you liked the photo journey through our efforts with the farm that have culminated this month into a finished landscape. It has been a long hard journey to get this overgrown jungle pulled back and reclaimed to one of a farm, a landscape and an orchard. We are very tired but very happy at the finished product – a lovely Queen Anne Victorian Farm! Now we will begin our addition to the house with a big family room off the back that overlooks the Smoky Mountains with a big open fireplace of stone and vaulted ceilings with beams along with a mud room off the front. It should be lovely!!! We are so excited for this next phase of our project.
God Bless and have a wonderful week! L. Davis