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Pictures from our trip up to the Arkansas Homestead
« on: January 05, 2009, 01:21:38 PM »
OK folks since I was gone for so long I figured I would post a half dozen or so pics of what exactly we were doing up in Arkansas and let ya'll see a bit of why I so dearly love my place up there.  Here we go most of it is our construction of the raised beds I mentioned in today's show.

Note - The Dogs in the pictures are what Dorothy and I call our 'vacation dogs', they belong to the Neighbors two houses up the hill but pretty much adopt us during our visits.  They are actually VERY protective of the entire area inside the gate from any strangers but have decided we are no threat since we live there, pet them, feed them, walk them,  ;) you get the point.


1.  First me in the front yard with a bed that is about 50% complete, still needs to be built a bit up and out, which we later did.  You can see our crappy front deck (will be torn down one day) in the back ground.




2.  Me adding a thick layer of mulch and newspaper to kill the grass/weeds/etc and get the little soil critters a nice place to live and do their work.




3.  Basically the same shot as the one above but wider angle, you can see the second bed.  We made the one I am working in with a large round end then thinning down a bit to the other side, that will allow a nice circular planting of corn, amaranth or other tall crop on one end and small plantings on the south side.  The second one is pretty much an oval, the pile of recently unloaded stone on the right became the third bed we built but we ran out of mulch so that is were we will pick up when we go back.  We also gathered more than enough stone for a fourth bed when we return and put it on top of the two mulched beds so it won't be so inviting for rolling/sleeping/digging in for the vacation dogs.

Note the boy supervising me in the background, in a following pic you will see the "right way" to supervise.  I am not picking on him mind you, he really worked his butt off on this trip.




4.  This one is Matt laying the first stones for the third raised bed.  As you can see spending about three years in the Army taught me the method of "proper supervision", he will catch on some day,  ;D




5.  My wife Dorothy and son Matt taking a break on the truck tailgate.  You can see the gate that blocks our road in the background.  We have 5 houses plus ours behind the gate, either you live there or you don't get in.  The 'vacation dogs' are pretty insistent about that.




6.  Dorothy with the 'vacation dogs' I think she is far more camera friendly then me,  ;)




7.  We did some painting too, this is me painting our mantel, you can see the remnants of the "crap caramel poop color" it use to be right between the brick and the mantels edge.  It looks much better now.




8.  Me taking a look over our homestead the morning we left to come back to Texas.  Can you see why I so dearly love this place?




9.  A man takes one last look at his homestead and thinks to himself, "Someday I am coming back and I won't be leaving".  This picture is now my desk top wall paper.



 
Hope you enjoyed it!  We had a great time even going our first three days with out running water was no big deal.  ;)

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Re: Pictures from our trip up to the Arkansas Homestead
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2009, 01:40:39 PM »
Loosk like a good place to get mauled by a rabid deer. I like it.

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Re: Pictures from our trip up to the Arkansas Homestead
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2009, 01:41:09 PM »
That looks awesome, man!!  Jealous much?  ;-]

I need to hit the lottery.  Doesn't have to be a big jackpot, $50,000 will buy the land.  Some day...

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Re: Pictures from our trip up to the Arkansas Homestead
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2009, 01:44:21 PM »
Dan,

You would be surprised how far a buck goes in Arkansas, we got the land and the house for 74K.  Sure the house is a mobile but you would pay about 70K for the same model from a dealer.  It listed for 84,900 which I would have paid but my agent, (god bless her) told me to low ball we went in at 74 even and they took it.  I had a motivated seller,  ;)

Chris,

Yes indeed, rabid deer, malicious turkeys and hyper active squirrels all right in the back yard!

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Re: Pictures from our trip up to the Arkansas Homestead
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2009, 02:44:05 PM »
Zes indeed, rabid deer, malicious turkeys and hyper active squirrels all right in the back yard!

I'm jealous. We settled for decent farmland about 90 minutes outside Dallas. We made the right decision, but your pictures remind me what we gave up. That's a view a man would have a real hard time getting used to.

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Re: Pictures from our trip up to the Arkansas Homestead
« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2009, 03:01:11 PM »
I didn't even think about the benefit of being close to the natural springs...   Your place looks great!    I'm not ready financially to buy land yet, but if I was, I would look into being your neighbor.

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Re: Pictures from our trip up to the Arkansas Homestead
« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2009, 03:07:38 PM »
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That's a view a man would have a real hard time getting used to.

I agree chris.  The western half of Arkansas is beautiful in my opinion.  Been to Fort Smith and a little further east to Booneville, near Mount Magazine.  Man are there some great views down there!

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Re: Pictures from our trip up to the Arkansas Homestead
« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2009, 03:17:41 PM »
kb5won,

There is one lot for sale on my street, it is a bit steep but nice and a really gorgeous view.  You would be outside the gate, (the next guy down didn't want to go in to pay for it even though it was only 75 bucks split 5 ways and would have been less if he did) but you would be welcome.  There are also a lot of lots in the valley to the left of that view (you can't see it from my place) that are for sale at real good prices.  All the lots are either 5 or 10 acres as one of the very few restrictions is nothing smaller then 5 and no increments other then 5.  That valley land is a lot flatter for farming but I don't think you would get much sun compared to the hill top ridges. 

Anyway there is plenty of affordable land north of Hot Springs, come on up I could use as many survivalist minded neighbors as I can get!  ;)

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Re: Pictures from our trip up to the Arkansas Homestead
« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2009, 03:28:38 PM »
Man how I love the gently rolling hills of the Ozarks.  Is there really any other place suitable for living?

After 3 years of living in town, I'm ready to get back to the country & your pics aren't helping. ;)  Beautiful.

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Re: Pictures from our trip up to the Arkansas Homestead
« Reply #9 on: January 05, 2009, 04:03:01 PM »
Man how I love the gently rolling hills of the Ozarks.  Is there really any other place suitable for living?

After 3 years of living in town, I'm ready to get back to the country & your pics aren't helping. ;)  Beautiful.

You know what is kind of cool (I guess anyway,  :P )?  The mountain is called "blowout mountain" and that valley to the right isn't really a valley it is a hole (as in a crater) in the middle of the mountain separating my place from the opposite ridge.  So how does a crater get into the middle of a mountain in the Ouchita range north of Hot Springs?  Think about the word, "hot", I actually live on the rim of a caldera of a relatively "small" ancient volcano.  Fortunately for me very ancient.  So if I ever see ground swelling or feel some rumbles I may have to rethink my long term living plans,  :P


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Re: Pictures from our trip up to the Arkansas Homestead
« Reply #10 on: January 05, 2009, 04:53:30 PM »
Jack these photos are awesome...I love the stone beds, they look really nice! I have raised beds because we live (in Barbados) on a coral ridge so literally there is maybe 6" of top soil which is of a very thick dense claylike composition-- so I can't employ your technique of using some of the soil below the bed.

Anyway I have access to small limestone boulders and I would like to make a bed like this, how do you plan to prevent the soil from washing away?

Again thanks for posting the photos...really cool.

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Re: Pictures from our trip up to the Arkansas Homestead
« Reply #11 on: January 05, 2009, 05:06:12 PM »
Great pics Jack!

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Re: Pictures from our trip up to the Arkansas Homestead
« Reply #12 on: January 05, 2009, 05:32:08 PM »
Awesome pics Jack! Thanks for sharing them. Shows what one man can obtain if he puts forth the effort and the will. Good job getting that place.

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Re: Pictures from our trip up to the Arkansas Homestead
« Reply #13 on: January 05, 2009, 05:40:19 PM »
Anyway I have access to small limestone boulders and I would like to make a bed like this, how do you plan to prevent the soil from washing away?

Again thanks for posting the photos...really cool.

Hey rocks are pretty good at holding back GOOD soil.  Sure we will loose some but it will just create space for the continued addition of more compost, etc.  I have seen many folks build beds with no borders at all just pile up the dirt, etc and do fine.

That said if you want to reduce run off there is a simple solution.  Get some of that weed blocker cloth from Home Depot, Lowes, what have you.  cut it in half long ways so you don't waste it and line the borders with it, then fill in the dirt to hold it to the side walls.

Keep in mind I plan to add quite a bit more structure to my walls over time.  It is really easy to slowy both thicken and raise them with so much raw material just laying around.  Our priority now is get the areas marked out, the grass killed and the soil developing. 

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Re: Pictures from our trip up to the Arkansas Homestead
« Reply #14 on: January 05, 2009, 08:20:36 PM »
Jack:
Have you ever used those water bags that go around the trunk of a new tree?  You fill them up with water and they slowly leak out, watering your new tree for you for weeks.

Might be a decent way to get some fruit trees started on your land, even though you aren't there every weekend.


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Re: Pictures from our trip up to the Arkansas Homestead
« Reply #15 on: January 05, 2009, 09:23:29 PM »
Wow! Absolute "knockout" scenery!  I bet that's really great in the fall when the leaves start tuning and still have that healthy, briliant color to them. 
(I am SOOOO envious!)
I also love how well that dog in the first pic is guarding you.  ;D
But, I am partial to Shepherds. (like the one in the pics)  Great dogs.

I can see why you want to stay there.

(Do the leaves turn as well as they do further North?)   
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« Reply #16 on: January 10, 2009, 12:52:23 PM »
Yeah, the pictures are great.

I live in the Red River Valley between ND and MN. Flat! So pictures on rolling hills and mountains just astound me. The beauty.

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Re: Pictures from our trip up to the Arkansas Homestead
« Reply #17 on: January 10, 2009, 01:35:55 PM »
Very cool!

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Re: Pictures from our trip up to the Arkansas Homestead
« Reply #18 on: January 13, 2009, 12:33:34 AM »
so do u find it hard to get the rest of your fam in to the Survivel mode?

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Re: Pictures from our trip up to the Arkansas Homestead
« Reply #19 on: January 13, 2009, 04:50:26 AM »
Very nice family and place you have Jack. Looks like a lot of work has been done getting it just the way you want it.

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Re: Pictures from our trip up to the Arkansas Homestead
« Reply #20 on: January 13, 2009, 05:02:09 PM »
Oh maaaaannn! Jack, your place is very nice. Makes me think for the piney woods of my dad's birthplace in East Texas..with hills...and without the swamps. Not many tall trees out here in West Texas. The Fall Leaves must be a knockout! 

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Re: Pictures from our trip up to the Arkansas Homestead
« Reply #21 on: January 29, 2009, 10:12:35 PM »
I go to Arkansas for a backpacking vacation every year.  I love the little mountains and lakes of the Natural State.  I will retire there someday.  My wife doesn't care for the idea because Louisiana is home to her.  I've got about 12 years to change her mind.

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Re: Pictures from our trip up to the Arkansas Homestead
« Reply #22 on: January 29, 2009, 11:36:55 PM »
Sweet place Jack.......

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Re: Pictures from our trip up to the Arkansas Homestead
« Reply #23 on: January 30, 2009, 12:05:36 PM »
Jack what I saw in those pictures is much more important than the homestead.  It was that your family was there with you doing the work.  That's love man. 

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Re: Pictures from our trip up to the Arkansas Homestead
« Reply #24 on: January 30, 2009, 12:27:36 PM »
Awesome place! thanks for posting. Please keep us updated.  It would be cool to watch the evolution of your homestead   +1

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« Reply #25 on: February 06, 2009, 03:54:45 AM »
Great pics Jack.  Bet the view is even better when it's accompanied by the smell of the woods and your family close by.

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Re: Pictures from our trip up to the Arkansas Homestead
« Reply #26 on: February 06, 2009, 04:54:15 AM »
Love the pics!  As I'm from eastern OK they make me quite homesick!   You all look like you are doing a great job.   I never thought of raised beds being oval or round or made with rocks.  They look great.

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Re: Pictures from our trip up to the Arkansas Homestead
« Reply #27 on: February 06, 2009, 08:06:25 PM »
drool!  drool!  and drool!!!!!!!!

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Re: Pictures from our trip up to the Arkansas Homestead
« Reply #28 on: February 08, 2009, 06:50:35 PM »
Nice place.  You are living most of our dreams Jack.  Thank you for sharing.

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Re: Pictures from our trip up to the Arkansas Homestead
« Reply #29 on: February 11, 2009, 07:51:46 AM »
Hey Jack...ever thought of making a "How to site" on re doing mobile homes?  The place looks great!
Did you put in the fireplace? 

We inherited land in Arkansas North to North East area.  It'll be a great bug out location if I can ever find it.  We can only go over on Weekends and the county offices are closed on weekends.   :)