Posts Tagged ‘gravel driveway’

Welcome

June 13, 2009

Welcome to our country home, complete with gravel road (but unfortunately no barn).

This is the direction most people come from when they visit. If you keep going north on this road, you cross a 4 lane highway and then end up in Colchester, population 1500. Before you get to Colchester, there is a four lane highway. If you turn right onto the highway, you will end up in Macomb, population about 18,000.

It’s hard to see in this picture, but there is a bridge. That’s the bridge that goes over the big creek near our house, aptly named Troublesome Creek, which floods frequently.

Country road, north view

Country road, north view

Here is our mailbox. We have a new one, but still need to paint it and put it out. I did, however, spruce it up with some plants and a little border (with a little help from Tim).

Spruced up mailbox area

Spruced up mailbox area

South view of country road, with entrance to our place on left

South view of country road, with entrance to our place on left

We have a little creek that feeds into the big creek. There is a small bridge over our creek, but the creek still floods and we have mud patches on either side of the bridge. If you look on the left of the picture below, you can see some stubble from the corn, still, but mostly it looks like dark green, lush grass. That’s the oats. There are two fields on either side of the driveway. This field on the left of the picture ends, but shortly after it ends, way up that hill, there is another much bigger field. The other field is up the road in the picture above. The house is way in the background (it’s a white kind of blob). There are two small black dots to the left of the telephone pole and those are Sweetie Cow and Bullseye, our two calves.

View from the "bridge" near the front of the lane.

View from the "bridge" near the front of the lane.

In this next picture you can see the house a little better and you can see the dark green oats on either side of the lane. The lighter green stuff is NOT oats and is a mixture of grass and weeds.

View of the oats and house.

View of the oats and the house

We love where we live. It is private and secluded, but also close to town. We are surrounded by trees and animals. I do miss my Phoenix friends, and I know the kids do, too. But we also live closer to family now and we are happy we moved.

Barn envy

June 1, 2009

Before we moved, Tim drove from Phoenix to Illinois to bring a bunch of our stuff to the new house. Tom and I had only seen lots of pictures of the house and heard descriptions from my sister-in-law, mother-in-law, and a friend of the family who went to see the house. Tim told us that the road right by the house was gravel, which was a surprise to me (even though it should not have been a surprise). He also kept calling the large shed a barn. I argued that it was not a barn, but just a big shed. I was not mentally prepared to move from the suburbs to a place in the country with a gravel road and a barn. Now, about 7 months later, the gravel road is normal and I really wish our shed were indeed a barn. I see all kinds of barns and I want one. I have a serious case of barn envy.

Fresh Gravel

February 27, 2009

On Tuesday we got some new gravel for the driveway. I’m not sure yet exactly how many tons of gravel it was, but close to 45 tons, I’d guess. The guy, Fred, who brought it and dumped it said the truck holds about 14-15 tons of gravel, and he brought 3 trucks full. So…. tons and tons of gravel.

I wish I had some pictures of the really bad part of the driveway, but I didn’t think to take pictures ahead of time. I had to take some pictures when Fred went to get another load. So here is what one part of the driveway looked like before new gravel (and this part of the driveway wasn’t that bad, really): 

The lane before new gravel

The lane before new gravel

And here is a view of the lane after some gravel was put down:

Fresh Gravel!

So the lane is much better than it was. Parts of it were just mud. The bad news is that yesterday and today were warm and today was rainy, so some of the gravel is sinking into the ground faster than we would like. Overall, it is much, much better, though. Tim filled in the potholes while Fred was getting another load and that helped, too.

This is one of those things that comes with country living. I think that in the back of our minds we knew we’d have to get more gravel, but just had no idea how soon or how often or how much it would cost. We still don’t know how often it needs to be done, but we will find out! I have a good idea of the cost and it is one reason to select a building site that will not require a long lane (or to think about whether something other than gravel will work).