Friday, July 10, 2009

A Year Ago

Across the Meadow - July 2008

It was a year ago this month we submitted our plans for the building permit. The county was helpful, guiding us through the hoops and taking our money. They approved the permit quickly and it wasn't long after that we started construction.

Thus far the experience has been a good one. Our structure is weather-tight and greatly improves the comfort and usefulness of the property. There is still plenty yet to accomplish and it is our hope that this month we'll make more progress.

July is a good month for wildflowers and berries. It was the month last year that the Cougar showed up and began thinning out the herd - killing at least three Deer on the property. The grass was still mostly green and the weather warm. The local free range cattle should start showing up too - they can be a nuisance but do a good job with the mowing and fertilizing.


  1. Hard to believe it's been a year already! I didn't know they had free range cattle grazing any more. To they belong to just one person or do several people have their herds running together? Interesting. I'm all in favor of mowers, wheels or 4 legs!...debbie

  2. Time flies when you're having fun, doesn't it?

  3. Debbie, there are a number of owners, most have been using the area - abundant Forest Service, BLM and DNR lands - for generations. The practice is not without controversy. A recent wrinkle that will likely bring more attention to it is the re-establishment of the Wolves. Already there have been a number of cases where cattle and family dogs have been killed and a rancher that has killed a few wolves.

  4. Nice scenery photo! Time does fly when you're having fun.