"On the plains of Oklahoma, with a windshield sunset in your eyes like a watercolor painted sky, you'd think heavens doors have opened."
Fly Over States

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Home on the Range

Husband and I are frugal savers but the state of the national debt has us concerned that the value of our savings won't hold.  Accordingly, we've been looking for land to buy for investment purposes and we have put an offer down on about fifty acres of ranchland about thirty minutes from the house.  We already have someone lined up who is interested in renting it to run his cattle on.  We have no idea if we'll be able to reach an agreement on the price but spent a couple of hours this afternoon walking it off.  It was a ton of fun. 

There are two ponds, a small creek and several places for run off but the farmland part of the land is terraced and the little creek is not very wide.  You can jump over it in many places. 
Several acres on the hill are wooded and unimproved and we saw lots of wildlife, including hawks, there.   

 Love the Oklahoma sky:
 Lots of different kinds of grasses.  Not the best grass for farming but not bad for grazing.

 There is some old farm equipment on the land:
 This was very cool - lots of wooden parts and falling apart leather belts:
This tree is in bad shape.  It had a trunk with a good 7 foot diameter.  It was huge.  The ice storm several years ago that devastated the state hit the place hard but it was after the farmer had passed and his heirs haven't cleaned it up. 

Here is one of the ponds and you can see the wheat field to the south.  West is another wheat field and there is a milo field across the street to the north.  I don't remember what is to the east. 

We don't plan to move, anytime soon and even if we end up buying it, we've no plans to build and move there.  That being said, not a car drove by the whole time we were there and I sure liked the solitude as well as the abundant wildlife (hawks, deer, birdlife, armadillos, assorted varmints).
Happy Quilting, Penny, Evelyn and Pearl


BilboWaggins said...

Lucky you, sounds like a sensible proposition. You might have no plans to move there now, but that much land gives you options to raise your own food in future. Wish I could buy 50 acres here.

"Buy land, they ain't making it any more"

Miriam said...

Good luck with your offer on the land.
Land is always a great investment.
Love the photos.

Penny said...

I really loved the place. I think it would wonderful to be able to tromp around on in the spring. Not sure if you'd end up eating dirt from the wheat fields during the planting season! Fences aren't bad but no corrals or anything to work cattle.

Sherry said...

Beautiful piece of property!