I dreamed of a 100-year-old tree with grand branches to climb on and to hang a tire swing. I dreamed of running barefoot through a field with golden grass as tall as my waist. Breathless, I’d plop down on my back, and look up at the enormous blue sky, searching for dragons and elephants in the white, puffy clouds.
I wanted a pond and to go fishing with my dad, just like that red-headed, snaggle-toothed Opie did with his dad, Sheriff Andy Taylor. I dreamed of waking to the sound of a crowing rooster. Eating freshly laid eggs for breakfast. Milking goats. Playing in the hay in the old red barn. I dreamed. I dreamed. I dreamed.
Fast forward (slow forward, really) 40 years and I can finally say that I am the proud owner of 10.5 acres of dirt! Well, me and my husband, that is. It’s smack-dab in the middle of Burton, Texas. Just a stone’s throw from Lake Sommerville, and just a short jaunt to the trifecta of small town living – Brenham (home of Blue Bell Ice Cream), Round Top (headquarters of the Junk Gypsies), and Fayetteville (home to Orsak’s Cafe).
Our land (OUR land!) has a beautiful roll to it. Scattered throughout are blackberries and a few vines of muscadine grapes. What I love the most, though, are all the mature trees – oaks, pecans, and english elms. Three sides of the property is surrounded by a cattle ranch, with the fourth side being along a frontage road. We like that because it will allow us to have a residential entrance, as well as, a business entrance once we get to that point.
We’ve already met our neighbors, mostly older folks. Some have lived here all of their lives. Some only recently to escape the busyness of the city. But all are the “down home” friendly you’d expect living in a rural area. And, y’all, you know you’re in the country when your real estate agent thanks you at closing with a handmade pie from Royers Round Top Cafe.
It will take some time before we actually build a house and move out here, and there sure will be a whole lot of hard work, but we’re determined to turn this land into a farm with dairy goats, bees, chickens, a veggie garden, and a fruit orchard (go big, or go home, right?). Until then, this is our journey from the burbs to the country. Thanks for joining us!