As you all have heard me bemoan, our new property only has trees around the house. The other 10 acres are barren. B-A-R-R-E-N.
So sad. The previous owner used Round-Up on every single smidgen of dirt. I guess he had a thing about weeds, or mowing, or tending to acreage…
Anyway, the good news was that this lack of trees (and a few other things) was part of the reason we could actually afford 10 acres in wine country. BUT, the bad news is that it gets hot here and the horses need natural shade. And, they need some interest in their paddocks.
The truth is, the horses actually have the best views of the entire 10 acres. They have access to the highest point – and they can see 360 degrees around the entire valley. Very nice. Gives them something to look at all day. There is always something happening somewhere…!
(A few of you readers have asked me to post a labeled, aerial view of our place, so that they could picture in their minds how this place is organized. I will.)
It has taken a bit of time and work to organize adding a row of trees into the uppermost paddock. This is the paddock that Finn, BG, Wrigley, Missy Miss and Mo share. Hubby built them a shelter when we first moved in, but otherwise, they have no trees. Not one. Not even a neighbor tree.
A few months ago, with an incredibly generous and so unexpected donation from Marty (thank you to the moon and back), I was able to build a 335′, interior fence to protect the trees from the horses and create an aisle (and deal with the falling down fence that was there…).
A few months later, we dug 27 (large) holes.
Today, with the same donation, we were able to purchase 27 trees and have them planted!
They don’t look like much, but to me, they are BEAUTIFUL. This row of new life will be called, “Marty’s Lane”.
Thank you. Such a boost for my soul – and the soul of this land.