Can a city boy build his dream homestead on a mountain, by himself and with no mortgage?

Why did the sirloin cross the road?

I don’t know why, but I am endlessly fascinated by the herds of free-range cows that roam my mountain. They’re awfully cute, timid but curious, very gentle and quite friendly.

I awoke the other day to a herd chomping on the dry grass around my cabin. Free lawn mowing, I say!

One adventurous cow tried to get into the tool shed but thankfully, she has no opposable thumbs and the door was locked.

It looked as though Ms. Cow had rubbed up against a newly painted green wall, fortunately not mine!

One teenager was fascinated by my new Pier 1 patio set…

In my spare time, I built a small diversion wall to direct the upcoming seasonal rains away from the cabin.

Next week I’ll buy some railroad ties and make a garden bed behind the wall. If you look closely you can see the 2 small baby oak trees that have sprung up there!

I LOVE all the oaks on my land and hope these 2 grow happily and healthily in their new garden bed.

I also stopped at Lowe’s and bought an outdoor fireplace for the c-c-cold upcoming winter nights. I’ll add some gravel and decorative paving stones around the area so my friends and I can hang out around the deck once the weather turns cold and wet.

When you are inside the cabin and a fire is blazing, it’ll almost seem like the fireplace is indoors!

quick note…look at the gorgeous view in the glass reflection, you can see why the cabin is facing North!

A shout out to all the new blog subscribers that were referred by the Westways Magazine article! My blog traffic has increased quite a bit since last month’s story ran. There are a few cool things on the horizon that have come as a result of the article but I’m gonna keep quiet so as not to jinx anything!

Now that my latest tv job is done, I have plenty of free time to chase cattle, work on the land and think up clever twists on old children’s jokes…

btw, “to get to the other side”

DUH!

🙂

4 responses

  1. love to see the cows…very cool

    October 10, 2011 at 7:51 pm

  2. rafik

    hi,
    i am a fan and were reffered by the magazine,,
    i love what you are doing,,i am working toward the same idea,only i cant afford land in CA,its expensive and small,i am trying my luck in montana,where i can get 10 times the land,,who knows if i live long enough ,,i may retire there,,,”
    keep up the good work and good luck to you,,
    if you need vouleteers to do hard labor ,,i may be able to help;;;
    thanx ,raffi,

    October 10, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    • you might be surprised how cheap you can get land in California Raffi! It all depends on where you are looking. Email me at theurbanrancher@gmail.com if you want any links to cheap land.
      FYI, right now California is a terrible state to retire in, actually it’s one of the worst for taxes and cost of living. Check out this link… http://www.kiplinger.com/tools/retiree_map/

      October 11, 2011 at 9:41 am

  3. leilani

    Well, you’re just getting so homey up there, it’s no wonder the local cows are acting so domesticated these days! They were probably checking in to see if you’d gotten the terracotta bunny with the gingham basket yet.

    That fireplace sure will be glorious to view when you’re all curled up inside under a big pile of toasty blankets & duvets next time it snows.

    Be sure to get a picture of that. (Of the fire in the snow, I mean, not you under the covers!)

    October 20, 2011 at 6:31 pm

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