As many of you know, my friend and business partner Lesa Gavron and I bought some undeveloped property in Tennessee last December. Our goal is to get a retreat center up and running. If you’ve ever worked with raw land in the winter time, you have some idea of what we’ve dealt with in getting the infrastructure in place. Here’s an update on our progress.
The “twos” theme continues! Thanks to my grandsons helping me, we now have two apple trees, two peach trees, two pear trees, and three blueberry bushes planted on the property. It may be a while before we get any fruit from them, but at least we are on our way toward growing our own food. We are planning our vegetable garden this week.
Lesa, my son, his wife, and my two grandsons have survived the winter in RVs and buses with propane and firewood (on the property) sometimes hard to find. They have belongings in commercial storage units. Our next priority is to build a a storage shed on site that will get some of those items moved and all the construction tools in one place. That project is now happening. I am so thankful for my son and grandson for the skills they willingly share in making this retreat center dream a reality.
I have purchased a 10-foot by 16-foot Graceland shed that will be delivered to the upper acreage sometime in March. This wooden shell will have to be “fleshed out” inside to accommodate me on my overnight stays and give us a place to have some very small gatherings. Stay tuned for updates on that project.
In the meanwhile, the driveway is in place but needs some tweaking after the recently gully washer rainstorms we had. We met two very kind neighbors this week and both offered us the use of their tractors for our work on the land! So thankful for that!