Monday, September 30, 2013

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Orchard planted:
Four peach,
One plum,
Two apricot,
Four apple,
One cherry ( and two coming in the mail to be planted soon)

Friday, September 27, 2013

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Boston in the Fall

The Red Maple circle is where we can all enjoy "Boston in the Fall"...of course, the Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival every spring and the Evergreen Wonderland of the Colorado Blue Spruce during the winter. The alternating pink and white dogwood lining the drive way will give me the gentle reminder from a childhood book..."The Boy Who Belonged to Himself" and of the huge dogwoods I used to climb at Nano and Papaw's house in Albany.

Overview of the front acrerage

With Little Italy, Romalita

I will draw a ground view as well. 

Oh Canada!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Amanda's veranda

The dead trees will be taken out in the Canadian hemlock will be placed there... surrounded by Colorado blue spruce. Where the small pine trees are I'm going to build a veranda/arbor and grow roses over it. I plan to place my fire pit out in front of the veranda with some stones around and swinging benches so that we can have a fire pit out underneath the stars. Better yet let's have a circular veranda with roses and swinging benches and in the center have to fire pit!!!

Places for trees

My "Little Italy"
will be planted here. Poplar trees. Cypress and grape Arbors. It will empty out into my "O Canada!"

Lilac corner

The corner of the fence where I would like to plant a lilac bush. :)


This is the street sign that we come to at the intersection of our road. Blaise thinks that we enter Narnia when we pass it because of all the vines. It does look like "The Lamp Post". :)

Sunday, September 22, 2013

See all of those divots? Dad was so proud of himself for building that drag and smoothing out the property. I didn't think it was necessary at first...but I was amazed at how much of a difference it made. Way to go Dad! Thank you!!!
The kids piled in the back of the suburban to drag the land with Dad.
Abraham Darby :)

Saturday, September 21, 2013

It was truly the most beautiful day and breezy. the sky was very blue and the cool air gave me hope that autumn has arrived.  :) We spent at least an hour at the rose nursery smelling all of the flowers. The lady there was so sweet and spent a long time showing us her favorites. I was on the hunt for old English roses...of the heirloom type with many petals and that tea rose scent. I LOVE the roses with many interlaced favorites are the light coral peachy pink color or the absolutely gorgeous red coral color. I totally fell in love with two...the "Jude of Obscurity" is a yellow climbing English Rose and oh my word it smells so lovely...and the one that surprised me with a smile every time I smelt it was the "Dolly Parton". 

Another great surprise of  the day was the first taste of our well water coming straight up from our was COLD and tasted like spring water with a sweet aftertaste. 
Praise Jesus!!!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Veggie Thoughts

I am working on my veggie plan tonight I hope to have it finished so that I can post a picture of it tomorrow. I'm also thinking about doing the big orchard instead of the small and just taking my time with it. Maybe if I prune the trees to be dwarves they'll  fruit sooner??

I know you need one today. It's raining...and brownies are so yummy.
Even if they are virtual. :)

Thursday, September 19, 2013

A better view of the plans for the garden and orchard

Here, have a cookie. :)

This is the grape arbor that I plan on planting to have our Mid Summer Night's Dream Parties under. It will make a pleasant shady picking spot in the hot Texas summer.

Notice the bean arbor...another shady spot. This is almost the exact layout of my vegetable garden in the keyhole of the patio.

Good Morning All,
    Its 5:55 a.m. I am about to go out for morning walk before waking the kiddos for school. Here is what I came up with last night. Either, order 48 3-4' trees to complete the orchard as drawn below...and wait 5 years for any yield...or plant a 14 6-7' trees that will feed us next summer. The difference being a fraction of the amount of trees for twice the money...but immediate fruit. I am hoping to go ahead and plant the 14...and as we save more we can put in the rest. That way, while we wait for the large orchard...the small should feed us.

Land Plan...

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Just wanted to offer you a "happy" cup of Joe this afternoon. Thinking about trees and planning out my orchard today. Hopefully more on that tomorrow. :)

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Good Afternoon! It's Mandy here. Hi everyone! I am so excited that we are about to move to our LAND!! I have waited for what feels like really HAS been since I was a live on land and become a real farm girl. You know how much I have prayed and prayed for us to be able to live this life!! And now that its almost here I wanted to prepare a blog spot where I could journal online ONE COMPLETE YEAR...from the very first night we spend in our new home through every single day until that very next year. I wanted to keep a record of all of our new discoveries and adventures we will have and how God's green Earth influences our family. I pray that when the year is done I will have a masterpiece of memories and pictures to compile into a book to give each of the kids when they are grown. If you want to check in and see how our journey is going please feel free. I am doing it online instead of the "real" journal-ling I usually do so that if you wanted to you could walk along with me and be a part of our daily life. I hope it is fun! And I really pray that the country is somehow better than we ever expected!!! (If that is even possible!!!) :) And in reference to the title of this blog...and as you possibly already know, The Cappucino Bar at the University of Dallas is one of my favorite places in the world. Having iced mocha there with my husband or "sisters" makes me feel that all is right with the world. There I can truly relax, laugh and savor the fine moments in life. I pray that our land becomes a place as wonderful, as warm and as welcoming as that...It is "My Capp Bar" so to speak. :)