March Madness

It’s early March, and Construction in Susannah’s suite is in full swing. A bathroom renovation is underway, and we have plumbers and electricians coming and going all day. We need more people in the house, let’s add a professional wallpaper installer and a crew of landscapers!

Dig if you will, our new well!

After months of disappointing, low pressure, “fart showers” the long awaited well drilling rig rolled into our driveway on a cold February morning. Two days of drilling and digging, we have a new 250 foot artesian well that provides a glorious hot shower that does not stink. Thank you Watson Pump and Well of St….

The Barn Rebuild

The pics above are the barn in the “before” state in late summer 2019. We knew this old tobacco bar was in bad shape, but it was not until we were in the middle of the reconstruction we realized the vines that had grown into the wood were actually holding it up. Extensive termite damage,…

Big Fun on our Little Farm

We have been busy mowing and chipping and clearing the brush from around the barn, and we are finally to the point of barn refurbishment! Our expert Barn Guy, Jeff Thompson of Colonial Woodwrights, has begun removing the rotted side boards, sills, and will replace with locally milled lumber. The small building to the right…

The Roof and the Well

The first week in residence at the farm, we find that a house built by a tobacco farmer might have some issues 100 years later. The image to the left is a visual representation of the leak in the roof in the living room. Many roofers have attempted, and failed to fix. Another roof guy…

Progress on the Barn!

Jeff wasted no time breaking in the new tools to save the barn from collapse. One weekend of hard labor resulted in a face full of rash from Poison Sumac, a very sore knee, and this beautiful old barn emerges from the overgrown brush! A short video below.

It’s official

We received notice today that we are an official business in the State of Maryland, and can now be taxed.

It came with a hat!

…and just like that, we moved from Germany to Mechanicsville! It was a delicate operation moving one big old dog, two little dogs, and two people across an ocean, but we did it, we are here at the farm. What do real farmers have? John Deere things! We took delivery of our first farm item…

Tom’s Vineyard

Tom and Carol Miller loved wine. Tom loved wine so much he became a wine sommelier and had a business in his retirement years leading tours to Europe visiting wineries and shipping many cases of what he listed on label as “fruit preserves” (wine) back to their home in Maryland. I never had the chance…

Work to do

Jeff makes a trip to MD in August to check on the farm and meet with Aunt Joan and the county administrators in charge of land use. Walking around the property, he finds that trees have encroached on the agriculture land, and the vines have grown into the barn. The photo is actually the barn,…