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My husband Gordon and I on our 45 Anniversary, June 26, 2016

 

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”).

This is the view to our son's house, below us at the bottom of the hill. His barn is barely visible on the left side.
This is the view to our son’s house, below us at the bottom of the hill. His place is barely visible on the left side, peeking  through the pine branches..

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.

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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.

Taking a break from a ride through the woods. The house in the distance is our son's, and we are all parked on the edge of our property where it joins his. Riding this evening are my son and his family, my daughter and her husband, and us.
Taking a break from a ride through the woods. The house in the distance (only the red barn is visible)  is our son’s, and we are all parked on the edge of his property where it joins ours. Actually, his son’s little four wheeler is on our property. Riding this evening are my son and his family, my daughter and her husband, and us.

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.

Planting peas on April 16.
Planting peas on April 16.
June 16th. The peas will be ready in two weeks and the rest of the veggies are loking good.. The tomatoes and corn are planted in a separate garden.
June 16th. The peas will be ready in two weeks and the rest of the veggies are looking good. The tomatoes and corn are planted in a separate garden.

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.

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East of the house… there really is a yard out there somewhere!

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.

Our new Hondas. They are scooters, meaning we don't have to shift gears, but because of their size we needed to get motorcycle licenses. I've had mine up to 70 MPH and don't really care to go that fast!
Our new Hondas. They are scooters, meaning we don’t have to shift gears, but because of their size we needed to get motorcycle licenses. I’ve had mine up to 70 MPH and don’t really care to go that fast! I know that anyone who owns a Harley is calling me a wimp right now!
Haing purchased five 4 wheelers and six scooters, we earned a place on the calendar put out by the power sports complex outside of town!
Having purchased five 4 wheelers and six scooters from this local “power sports” complex, we earned a place on the 2012 calendar put out by them.

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.

We used to have barn for the big horses on our property across the road from our house, but as we got into miature horses we sold all the big horses except two, and built this new barn on the side of the road our house is on.
We used to have a barn for the big horses on our property across the road from our house, but as we got into miature horses we sold all the big horses except two, and built this new barn on the side of the road our house is on. Our house is about 800′ behind the barn, up on the hill in a clearning in those trees.
Calves, a few months old. They will be wintered over in the pasture by the barn and brought in every night, along with the horses. In the spring they'll be turned out into a larger pasture/wooded area to fatten up will they are taken to market in the fall.
Calves, a few months old. They will be wintered over in the dry-lot outside the barn (where they are standing in this pic), and brought into their stalls in the barn every night, along with the horses. In the spring they’ll be turned out into a larger pasture/wooded area to graze freely and fatten up till they are taken to market in the fall.
The calves in their summer pasture, getting their daily ration of grain.
The calves in their summer pasture, coming in for their daily ration of grain.

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!