This is the Bee Field. (I wrote about it in Pasture Tour–Other Fields.)
I call it the Bee Field because next to it is an area where I intend to set my hives. For some reason, there are fence posts here, but no fencing.
I may go ahead and add fencing wire to the posts, though I’m not sure it’s really necessary. The main field here is fenced, with a gate, and runs along the road.
It’s across the road from the house.
I have 21 acres across the road. I’ve only been here for four months, and it was winter with a lot of other things going, so this has been a mostly unexplored area other than checking out the lower field and walking the fenceline to see what repairs were needed. From my very cursory inspection, I didn’t think there was much useable land going up the hill.
But then I hadn’t been up the hill!
This weekend, my neighbor Jim took me up the hill on his four-wheeler. He and his family own the bordering property at the back of the Bee field. Jim has lived out here all his life and knows the land the way only someone who was a boy here, exploring the way a boy does, knows the land. He has also seen numerous owners of my farm come and go in that time, and he knows a lot about my farm. He’s been very helpful in helping me understand the property lines all the way around, where I border two other property owners plus his family.
He stopped over this weekend when the superboys got their truck stuck in front of the barn yard where they were loading fence wire. After he pulled them out with my tractor, he said, “You need to see what’s up your hill across the road.”
I said, “I didn’t think there was anything up my hill across the road.”
He said, “I’ll show you.”
And, wow, I was amazed. There are two levels going up the hill, and it reminded me a little bit of Stringtown Rising, only I don’t have to try to put a house up here.
There are 21 acres over here, and on each of the levels going up (middle and upper) there are wide bands of reasonably level land that could be cleared for pasture. (And some of it is cleared already.) Here is the middle level above the big lower field. It’s not cleared, but could be cleared with a dozer fairly easily as most of the larger trees were timbered in the not too distant past. That’s the four-wheeler in the first picture–there are good trails through here.
There are also quite a few locust trees in here, which make good fence posts.
Up at the top level on the next plateau, the land is easier to see as there are gas wells up here and access is kept cleared by the gas company.
I don’t know that I need/want more pasture at this time (or ever) because what I have already is more than sufficient, but it was very interesting to discover what is there and to realize that there is useable land. (And I would need to check in with the gas company and make sure I was providing appropriate access if I ever did want to fence it. Not an issue for now since I don’t foresee fencing it in the near future at least.) Jim pointed out my property line all the way around, which was also good information to have. I will be marking a nature trail here. When you get to the top, there are gorgeous rock formations and overlooks.
In this photo below, you can see my farm from my ridge across the road.
Where the arrow points to the cattle farm, that is a large cattle farm that runs all the way to a road on the other side, hundreds of acres. The cleared edge of that ridge is actually a ridge over from my farm, though that is hard to tell from the photo. My farm runs up to the ridge to some huge rock formations over there, then drops back down and up to another (higher) ridge, which is the cleared ridge you can see partially in this photo. From down below, you can’t see that ridge at all, so this was an interesting view for me and gave me a better perspective of the layout of my farm than you can get from standing on the ground below.
The rock overlooks are awesome. This is Jim standing on one of them. You can walk right out onto the rocks here.
I walked out there and it made me feel queasy.
I still have more unexplored areas on the bulk of my farm that is on the house-side of the road. Now that it’s spring, I’ll be doing a lot more exploring!