Documenting Life’s Stories

Jar of Grasshoppers

Our professional work deals a lot with documentary and commercial production. However, this blog will mostly serve as a way to document the biggest production of our lives so far: Transforming 20-acres of completely raw, wooded land into our homestead.

A Fibrous Diet

As some of you know, Beau and I attended a straw bale home building workshop this past week near Austin, Texas. The workshop was taught by Andrew Morrison of Straw Bale Innovations, and hosted by the owners of Belle Vie Farm & Kitchen, Perrine and Aubrey Noelke. The drive back home took us six and a half hours and all we did on that drive was reflect about the past week’s work and learning experience. A few days have passed now and as we do laundry...

Balin’ Out

This week we have just a brief entry for you as we find ourselves in Thrall, TX, which is just a bit Northeast of Austin. We’re here attending a hands-on straw bale house building workshop led by Andrew Morrison of StrawBale Innovations. Attending one of these workshops has been on our radar for a couple of years now, but we can finally justify it now that we’re going to be building our own in the near future. We don’t have a ton to report since...

Orange Marks the Spot

Navigating through 20 acres of completely raw land can be a bit overwhelming. In fact, the very first time we walked the property, we kind of got lost. Though I guess there isn't such a thing as "kind of lost." We flat out got lost. We entered the property at one spot where we parked, and after we got a bit turned around, we ended up exiting quite a way from where we'd entered. It became clear pretty quickly that 20 acres was probably going...

Operation: Rescue Garlic

  This next story will probably sound a bit strange to some of you. Or most of you. But those gardeners out there will understand. On Friday afternoon I headed over to our old home on Hudson. I was set on digging the garlic up before it rotted in the ground after all of this rain we’ve been having here in Oklahoma. The new owner and I had an agreement that I could dig up the fig tree and the garlic. In fact, we worked it...

The Shape of Things

We are in the process of doing a complete site analysis of our property with the guidance of our architect, Jeff Harper. We have had a several long phone conversations about the property with him and his girlfriend, Melissa Clark, who is also an architect. With the use of topographical maps, boundaries, and wind patterns we are starting to narrow down exactly where we will want to build our home.   Topographical maps have been very helpful because they give us an idea of grade of the land...

The Little Engine that Could(n’t)

This past weekend I finally installed a trailer hitch on my 2011 Subaru Forester. I’ve been wanting to do it since I got it…back in 2011. Because let’s face it, if we’re going to build a farm, we gotta haul stuff. And to haul stuff, you need a trailer hitch. As much as my wife Stefanie and I would like to buy an old farm truck to haul said stuff, every penny counts. Converting 20 acres of completely raw land into a utopian farmstead will...

Dori

Now that we have our fabulous 20 acres our goal has been to get onto the property as soon as possible for a few reasons. Firstly, we're beekeepers. Our bees are located just a few feet away from my father in law, Cappy’s swimming pool and we want to get them moved before pool season, which is only a month or so away. Secondly, we miss our chickens. Beatrice, Toni, Lulu, Dawn, and Eve are in foster care thanks to our dear friends Kevin and...