We live in Southwest Wisconsin, the only part of the state which was not flattened by glaciers that crept through 10,000 years ago. Because of that, we are surrounded by high hills, deep valleys, and many trout streams! The stream that runs through our property is named “Horse Creek.” (Pronounced “Crick”).
My husband and I moved to this property in August, 1971. It consisted of 41 acres of land, a large chicken coop, an old red, wooden barn (still standing), and an old farmhouse with no insulation, no closets, and more wildlife inside than out, in the way of mice, bats, spiders and everything else in between. The old bathtub stood on claw feet. There was no shower. After seven years we sold the buildings with four acres, keeping the remaining 37 acres, and built a new house up on the hillside, where we remain today.
We raised our three kids here, and were blessed to have our younger son and his new wife purchase a house and land that bordered our property. As the years went by we bought more vacant land across the road, and between our son and us, we have over 6 miles of groomed four-wheeler trails through the woods and fields which we enjoy year round.
During the warmer months, many Friday and Saturday nights will find us riding our four wheelers to our son’s and sitting around the fire pit with him, his wife, and their two kids.
During the warmer days my husband and I are always busy from sunup til sundown. We have a very large vegetable garden. One plot is about 3,700 sq. feet, and the other plot, for sweet corn, is about 1,800 sq. feet.
I also enjoy landscaping around the house. In between working in the gardens we always have time to clear new trails, or cut and split firewood for the winter.
We enjoy getting on our Honda PCXs every day and riding into town for lunch, errands, or groceries. Taking long rides on the country roads is also enjoyable and relaxing.
Big horses and miniature horses! I love them all! I spent many years riding horses; at one time we had 9 big ones. Gradually, though, we switched over to breeding miniature show horses. Our miniatures have been sold all over the country, and one was purchased by the Goodwill Ambassador of Southern California, and rode with her on the floats in the parades. We stopped breeding a few years ago and now have only four small geldings which we’ve kept as pets. In addition to the horses we raise four to six Jersey calves each year, getting them in the fall and selling them at the cattle auction the following fall.
So please, look around, and get to know a little bit more about life here in the hills by following the links at the top or the left to learn more about our big horses, miniature horses, birds, wild animals, pets, and family, and come on a trail ride with us!