If your reading over at LMB you already know we are having our first major run-in with an old home. Based on the initial inspection, it looks like it won’t be too bad, but unfortunately an unplanned project. Well, when the inside of your home gives you bad news, strap on the boots and enjoy the view from the outside. And that is exactly what we did. The sun was out, and a little warmer than it has been here in the Mitten State, but for us Michiganders this time of the year, Sunshine and 40’s isn’t too far away from swimming weather.
Last year this time, we were just starting to consider this house to be our home. LMB working hard at The Found Cottage, helping grow the customer base and launch the store beyond opening excitement. We were passively looking for land and a wonderful home to grow in, but nothing pushing us to a schedule of weekend showings. In fact, this was so passive I looked at this home for the first time by myself, while LMB was working the store. With the styling and unique shape of jet-outs of the home I wasn’t certain if LMB was going to be as excited for the home, but nonetheless we left the showing scheduling a follow up showing for her to check it out.
Pulling into the drive way anytime of the year, is and will most likely always be, some of my favorite moments and feelings here at the farm. The way the driveway curves towards the home and then along-side the porch is just something else for me. Our first showing, together, putting on the “buyer’s poker face” to hopefully help us out later with negotiations. Nonetheless, I could see some of the DIY lightbulbs going off inside of LMB’s brain like strobe lights at a night club, which brought the feeling of “this is it,” for me. Once we walked the home and the, garage, and barn (which is another blog post for a later date), we sat in the car and just talked about the home, the dreams, and how this was it.
By the time we got closed and settled in to what we know call White Cottage Farm, it was early June. In between a few holidays, moving our things from Cottage on Tyler over, getting things just generally situated, we didn’t settle in, to create a “routine” until mid-July. Growing up on my Grandfathers farm a county over, all the vegetables I was accustomed to growing was too late to plot, but the farm came loaded with some grapes, apples, and pears. So, taking the season to learn a little at a time, we began learning more about the fruit side of our farm, and got to reap a lot of the benefits right off the bat. Being newbies to some aspects of farming, we are so excited that we can learn and share our successes and failures, and hopefully connect with others that will offer advice or need some down the road.
Getting to what I was raised on, my grandfather was a full-time vegetable farmer, and from time to time did hogs and cattle, but vegetables was his thing. He ran a 25-acre farm, where I would go to for the entire summer. The many-many memories I had at the farm, it inspired me personally, to fall in the love with the farmhouse and farm way of life. I would love to start our farm, mimicking the farm plot I grew up on. That plot would include a few rows of cucumbers, jalapenos, tomatoes, and watermelons. On the farm, we have an old milk house attached to the barn and barn basement. It needs a lot of work and that is one my main projects this spring is restoring that wall and I have already named the post and overall project, Project: Nehemiah. In this former milk house, we want to use it for flowering tables, pickling, and who knows whatever else. Unfortunately, I was unable to prep the land last fall, so our plans may be a year behind any harvest, but we are excited to start this part of our farm life, and we hope you are as excited for this journey too.
Well all, that is it from The White Cottage Farm. Also, don’t forget to enter for a chance to win some free Ryobi Power Tools (link here).