Vince and I had breakfast at home this morning, then left to look at the 300 acre ranch. The house was amazing but it was way too big for us. It has over 5,000 square feet and that’s just too much house for us, no matter how you look at it.
We did end up finding land that we really want. It isn’t exactly for sale and it isn’t exactly not for sale. The owners will sell part of the land they own but the part we like isn’t for sale and they’re going to talk about it and hopefully let us know tomorrow. I will be disappointed if we don’t get it but it did give me hope that if we don’t get it, there’s something else out there we can find. Vince wants a builder out of Fort Worth to build the house if we build so if we find out we’re getting the land, he’ll take off one day next week and we’ll go to Ft. Worth and meet with the builder and get some idea as to when they can get started.
Remember . . this is central Texas. It isn’t Missouri so what’s “beautiful” land here, isn’t “beautiful” land in Missouri.
When we’re out looking, I sometimes feel more like a blogger than someone in search of a home, I tried not to be obnoxious with my picture taking.
There’s 72 acres that we want and it’s actually surprisingly close to town . . again . . close in Texas terms isn’t what most of the world would consider close. We had an amazing ride through the land. The realtor specializes in ranch properties and drove across rocks and creeks and I had visions of what settlers must have felt like crossing the Texas Hill Country in covered wagons . . only we were in an air conditioned, four wheel drive vehicle. Bumpy and kinda scary! I could just see us toppling over while going over some of those rocks. Obviously, we survived!
As we were driving along, a big, fat squirrel jumped right out of the top of a tree and landed right in front of us, looked at us and took off running. It was one of those things you probably only get to see once in a lifetime . . if ever. We all said “Did you see THAT?” and just sat there.
Several times we came across a whole community of deer. They would scurry off just to where they felt safer and stand and watch us.
The highlight of the day . . a bobcat jumped right out of the woods, grabbed a squirrel for lunch and stood still long enough for us all to say “WOW! It’s a bobcat!” Vince asked the realtor if she planned all that for us to be so intrigued by this piece of property that we couldn’t walk away. She said she’s never shown a property when she had so many interesting things happen.
For me, the highlight of the property was a huge Asian Pear tree that produces truckloads off fruit. So far, it’s survived the drought and made a lot of fruit this year. We love Asian Pears and I don’t buy them often because they’re so darned expensive.
Another thing I loved about the tract of land we want is this:
It’s an old home place. Look at that fence. I asked Vince if we could do whatever it takes to keep the fence standing and not let it deteriorate any more than it has and he said yes. See the rock steps. We were told those were the steps leading into the house. Can you imagine how many folks went up and down those steps. Oh, I would so love to hear the tales those steps could tell! If we do get the land, I’m going to maybe take a better photo of this spot and get it framed to hang in our home. There are probable some folks in the area who can tell me something about the people who lived there.
So, we wait and hope that this works out and this piece of land will soon be ours!