Again, it’s a winter day with bright sun offering great solar gain in our house. The snow is deep, 3′, covering the ground and softening the landscape. The view through the forest is far-reaching.
To continue on my previous post…
We didn’t find land that we could afford that had a waterfall with an amazing swimming hole, but we did find a plot of land that was at least 10 acres, had southern exposure, (although we cleared some of the forest to get that solar access), afforded us the privacy that we wanted, and we have some of the best neighbors in the world.
We waited to purchase the land until we could really see the ground. This part of New England is known for its’ ledge, exposed and sub-surface geology, and we wanted to make sure that we could find a place for our house site, garden, and orchard, and be able to access all of those without undue expense.
We had first seen the land advertised in the winter and we had made a previous promise to ourselves not buy any land where we couldn’t see the soil. So this meant waiting until the snow melted. It was hard because we had been looking for land and walking many pieces for almost 3 years now. Some of those pieces that we had been interested in had been snatched up quickly, but we had our rule about waiting to see the ground We were also getting impatient to buy a place and get started.
When we first saw the land advertised, we snowshoed through the forest and found all of the boundary pins. We would come back every couple, few weeks and ski or snowshoe and do more exploring. We acquainted ourselves with the land, its’ topography, how the sun moved across it, where the breezes came from, sounds that we would hear, and animal tracks that we would see. We looked for places for a potential house site and dreamed.
To be continued…