A First Look

Standing beside the back deck, looking out toward the Back Forty.
Looking out toward the Back Forty. You can see Beaver Creek on the right.

I tucked my camera in among the boxes on our first run out to the house yesterday. We arrived at 1:30 pm, so the sun was bright and direct. In different light, I’m sure I’ll be able to show the property better, but in the meantime, here is a first look.

I haven’t much to say about the house itself. It’s nice. It’s bigger than I need. It’s a long Ranch in the shape of a rectangle with a small kitchen and small bathrooms, considering the size of the large bedrooms and two living rooms. But enough about the house. I bought this place for the land.

I am standing beside the road that runs past the house. Creek on my right, and the Jeep on my right, backed up to the door for unloading.
I am standing beside the road that runs past the house. Creek on my right, and the Jeep on my left, backed up to the door for unloading.
A year-round creek has trout and crawdads.
A year-round creek has trout and crawdads.
The pond hosts a painted turtle who likes to sun himself on the tiny island.
The pond hosts a painted turtle who likes to sun himself on the tiny island. It’s also stocked with Perch, Bluegill, and Smallmouthed Bass. The man who sold the place to me said he only fished with his grandsons and they caught and released. I plan to eat what I catch! Yummy!
This is behind the pond, a park-like area that holds a few Wood Duck boxes on the trees.
This is behind the pond, a park-like area that holds a few Wood Duck boxes on the trees.
Standing beside the pond, looking up at the house on the hill.
Standing beside the pond, looking up at the house on the hill.
The back of the house, with the long deck. I expect to spend many days on that deck. Don't you think it needs a couple of trees?
The back of the house, with the long deck. I expect to spend many days on that deck. Don’t you think it needs a couple of trees?

34 thoughts on “A First Look

  1. what a lovely place to “nest” about the trees, you have such a wonderful piece of land, a tree well placed would be nice as long as it doesn’t spoil the view.. A mature tree for shade, now… hmmmm that sounds inviting…

  2. Congrats on the house and land. Well deserved! A shade tree sounds great; in the meanwhile, how about a nice deck umbrella?

    1. Oh, good point! It will look different as the year goes by. The man I bought it from said it snows here every winter, which is exciting because in Portland it only snows some winters.

  3. My goodness – you really did buy ‘property’. I shall look forward to seeing it though the lens as the seasons progress! Congratulations – I can only imagine how excited and elated you must be feeling!

    1. That is true, and also scared. The only time I have ever lived on ‘property’ is when I was growing up – and I worked hard, but didn’t have to manage the whole thing of course. So I have some anxiety about the learning curve of managing this much land. But I am so excited to get started with that education!

    1. I do hope Tech Support gave you a good report. He was regretting not bringing his better camera. Nothing’s like being here though, so we will be happy to have you as soon as we do some major big-time cleaning.

      1. Now the cleaning part is where I excel. Moving stuff is a little harder since I’ve gone tippy. But I know what you mean about wanting things orderly before having people over and not tripping over boxes. 🙂 Enjoy your new home. And yes, he was in love with the place. It’s what he wanted me to buy but my budget would not allow nor my age. That would be a lot of work for one old woman. 🙂 Hugs to you both.

  4. Oh dear… I envy you!!!!!!! Wonderful! I do hope you and Tara haver loverly days there.
    I send you a letter telling about my lack of comments… Best regards…

    1. Me too, for certain. Thanks for your happy energy, which we will put right to use for keeping us inspired while cleaning. 🙂 And I would love to host you here any day, my bosom friend. ❤

      1. I’ll take you up on that someday, for sure. I miss Portland, and would love some time to reconnect with you. Anne and Diana 4+ever. 🙂

  5. Oh. My. Gosh!!!!
    I am thrilled for you … that pond, those trees, the park, the creek.
    Wow, Crystal. You endured a lot of angst waiting for the deal to finally happen but oh is this place worth it.
    Congratulations and welcome to your new place.

    1. I know, right?! So yes, it was really, really hard to make this happen. However, I had this place as my prize. So after all the frustrated feelings fade away… I’ll be left with this amazing property.

      Give me 5 years and I’ll have it so cleaned up and sparkling. For example: there is zero landscaping around the house itself. It looks as though someone at some point in history did put some work into it, because there are a few struggling flowers that pushed up through the rocks and weeds. After I clean up the house I am going to see what I can do about creating a feast for the eyes around the front of the house.

  6. I think it’s beautiful! We had a large piece of land for 10 years off a dirt road. We loved it. The freedom to create your own amazing gardens. I’m so happy for you. I think when I die some of my ashes have to come to the Pacific Northwest. I can’t wait to see how things progress with the place.

    1. Aww, thank you so much. I am dreaming of how wonderful my gardens can be one day. The front of the house has not been touched by a gardener for years, so it will require a lot of cleanup, and then some transformation. I am all smiles just thinking about it. The work is nothing when it’s a project I’m excited about.

    1. Yes, much more settled after two months. It makes a difference that I am getting my hands into the dirt and the water and putting my touch on the place.

      I keep envisioning the scene in the movie Spirited Away, when Sen helps the river spirit get clean of all the trash. Do you know that scene? Anyway, I have hauled so much trash from the land, and carried it up the hill to the house so I can take it to the landfill one day. I almost believe the land here is breathing a sigh of relief that she is finally being cared for.

      1. I love that movie! I can totally imagine what it’s like for you now. So glad to hear that you’re making the place your own and settling in well.

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