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We're newlyweds. Almost four years. We met online on Farmers Only, when the commercials were still very low budget!

Newlyweds

Newlyweds

At the reception on my little ranch

At the reception on my little ranch

 

In these four years, there have been many changes. Some of them painful since we were both single, independent for many years before we married, and are both first born children. Some of them easy and exciting, like traveling to Africa for a safari honeymoon and to look at his childhood country, Tanzania. The biggest change was selling my little 5 acre ranch, and moving to his 23 acres he inherited from his family.

His great grandfather used to ranch and farm on the full 160 acres, and then he subdivided it to leave for his four children. Consequently, we have second cousins as neighbors. We still have the old family home on one of the properties. A couple miles away is the old one room school house the children attended. I love that we're stewarding the family legacy, and that we have roots on this land!

Due to many factors, and despite wanting to live on the property, my African cowboy was never able to get electricity to be able to build his dream house and live on it permanently. He did however keep a generator and a trailer on the place for some brief intervals where he lived there, and during hunting season. When we decided to sell my place and move to his land, the first priority was to get the ten foot aerial easement to run the power line from the neighbor across the street to our place. How we finally got electricity is enough for another blog post (which will be forthcoming), but after almost two years of diligent pursuit by yours truly, we were able to have our electricity provider install poles and run cable to our house site. I do believe my African cowboy shed a few tears of joy when he was able to turn on a switch and have lights!

Once we had electricity, then "we" (point of clarification: African cowboy and I have a different internal pace to do things- he eventually gets around to it, and I get things done yesterday) found a local builder, drew up plans for the house, had the plans drawn by a draftsman, got additional funding from the bank to pay for the construction, started construction on the house, relievedthe builder from his responsibilities at the flooring installation phase, became general contractor through the completion of the house, moved in three 10x15 storage units worth of stuff, unpacked, decluttered and donated duplicate/old items, all in 17 months! I'm glad this is the last house I'm building!

Framing started. Notice the building and trailer in the right back- that's where we lived during construction

Framing started. Notice the building and trailer in the right back- that's where we lived during construction

All done. But still lots of outside work to be done! We sat in those chairs in the mornings to drink coffee once we had the porch built!

All done. But still lots of outside work to be done! We sat in those chairs in the mornings to drink coffee once we had the porch built!

So now that we're moved into the house, we're working on the outside so that we can be ranchers only. African cowboy tells me we'll be working on the outside until we die. I still don't think he understands my internal pace and timing! We've got fences to build and rebuild. We've got water lines to the pastures to install. We have a deer proof fence to build around the garden/orchard area to keep all those deer my African cowboy was attracting over the years.


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