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The Homestead.

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blackhole49

09-16-2020 14:36:07




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We bought our house in 1984. This picture is from 1990.

This one from 2001.

This one today.




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WI Dan

09-17-2020 12:39:23




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 Re: The Homestead. in reply to blackhole49, 09-16-2020 14:36:07  
blackhole49

Am I seeing an easement for utility or former railroad? There's a diagonal line going through, very visible in the second picture, and just a bit in the third. but not the first.

Here, I drew what I think I see. Maybe my eyes are playing tricks.



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blackhole49

09-18-2020 06:21:16




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 Re: The Homestead. in reply to WI Dan, 09-17-2020 12:39:23  
When we bought the house, there was a 42" gas main w/66' easement running across the property. In 2000, a second 42" main was installed in the same easement. Interesting thing; our property (3 acres) was part of a 12 acre parcel prior to being split into 4 lots. In 1968, the gas company paid $47 for the easement across the 12 acres for 1 main. Because the easement clearly stated 1 42" main, they had to repurchase the easement for the second main. When everything was said and done, they paid me north of $18,000 to cross my property alone.

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DoubleO7

09-17-2020 12:34:20




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 Re: The Homestead. in reply to blackhole49, 09-16-2020 14:36:07  
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When Dad and 10 year old me plant 4.5 acres of white pine seedlings, I told Dad they were way to far apart at 8'.

They were about as big as a swizzle stick. dad said "just wait and see".

In the 50 years since, Dad removed every other one and I think every other row. And still can not see the ground from above.

What is off the end of the school house grade playground equip. And "treehouse"?

Looks like maybe a stationary miniature train???

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Kansasredneck

09-17-2020 10:02:53




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 Re: The Homestead. in reply to blackhole49, 09-16-2020 14:36:07  
Don't know where you are at, but I envy your shelter belt. I grew up in Minnesota, live now in Kansas. I'm on top of a hill with little to slow the wind.



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big tee

09-17-2020 05:45:06




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 Re: The Homestead. in reply to blackhole49, 09-16-2020 14:36:07  
Nice flag pole--where is the flag?---Tee



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blackhole49

09-17-2020 12:07:35




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 Re: The Homestead. in reply to big tee, 09-17-2020 05:45:06  
No breeze. US on the left and MI on the right.



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Traditional Farmer

09-17-2020 05:17:13




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 Re: The Homestead. in reply to blackhole49, 09-16-2020 14:36:07  
Good pictures but for me I'd much rather have the place like in the first picture,maybe add some fruit trees,grape vines etc.Don't care for evergreens of any type around my house.



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showcrop

09-17-2020 05:04:07




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 Re: The Homestead. in reply to blackhole49, 09-16-2020 14:36:07  
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In 1989 we had just moved into a new home and I was thinking of putting a pool in. I happened to stop by a customer's home and he was vacuuming his pool. He told me, "Don't ever put in an in-ground pool. When the kids get sick of it you have to keep it up by yourself or spend a lot of money for a service for nothing." So I put in an above ground and within 8 years it was gone.

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showcrop

09-17-2020 03:50:56




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 Re: The Homestead. in reply to blackhole49, 09-16-2020 14:36:07  
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Easy there blackhole just a little tongue in cheek humor. I like trees just as everyone else does.



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blackhole49

09-17-2020 04:10:10




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 Re: The Homestead. in reply to showcrop, 09-17-2020 03:50:56  
Missed the tongue in cheek part. Here is a different angle of the house.



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SweetFeet

09-16-2020 19:38:39




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 Re: The Homestead. in reply to blackhole49, 09-16-2020 14:36:07  
Beautiful!!



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John in Mich

09-16-2020 19:10:19




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 Re: The Homestead. in reply to blackhole49, 09-16-2020 14:36:07  
You have a very nice spread there.
We built our barn in 1984 and the house in 1985. We then planted trees, starting with seedlings each year from the county conservation. We planted many Blue and White Spruces, Austrian pines, Black Walnut and some Red and White Oaks and some Silver Maples and 2 Crimson King Maples in front of the house . We also moved some sapling oaks from our back acerage into the yard.
Your early picture reminded me of how bare things looked when we started with an open soy bean field.
Some of my Austrian have reached 35+ feet, Spruces about 20+ feet, Black Walnut about 30+ feet and Oaks range from 12 feet to 25 feet.
I have spent the last 2 days pruning many of the deciduous or "leaf" trees. Wished that I had done more sooner.
Wise is the man who plants a tree whose shade he will never see. Or something like that.

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blackhole49

09-17-2020 04:06:20




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 Re: The Homestead. in reply to John in Mich, 09-16-2020 19:10:19  
I planted 500 Blue Spruce and 500 Black Walnut seedlings in 1985 also. Sure was a lot of work to get them like this.



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Greg1959

09-16-2020 18:12:30




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 Re: The Homestead. in reply to blackhole49, 09-16-2020 14:36:07  
You're going green!



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Paul from MI

09-16-2020 17:36:04




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 Re: The Homestead. in reply to blackhole49, 09-16-2020 14:36:07  
Very nice place and you've worked hard to make it so. We've been in the same house I built in 1973 for 47 years. When I have to prune shrubs and trees I'm always thinking why in the world did I plant this thing. We've still got the pool I put in in 1989.



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led

09-16-2020 17:35:30




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 Re: The Homestead. in reply to blackhole49, 09-16-2020 14:36:07  
Are wind-break trees Co. blue spruce? They are beautiful, worth their weight in gold when it comes to wind & snow.
Led



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Bruce from Can.

09-16-2020 17:12:30




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 Re: The Homestead. in reply to blackhole49, 09-16-2020 14:36:07  
You have a very nice place. And it is nice to see all the improvements you have been able to make as the years went by. Doing things like you have done really makes a house feel like your own home.



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Steve@Advance

09-16-2020 16:30:57




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 Re: The Homestead. in reply to blackhole49, 09-16-2020 14:36:07  
Nice!

Your trees sure grow fast!



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jon f mn

09-16-2020 16:26:38




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 Re: The Homestead. in reply to blackhole49, 09-16-2020 14:36:07  
That looks great! Amazing how much those trees have grown.



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jddrawbar

09-16-2020 15:25:05




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 Re: The Homestead. in reply to blackhole49, 09-16-2020 14:36:07  
Amazing what landscaping can do. You need to go in business, looks beautiful!



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DoubleO7

09-16-2020 15:18:20




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 Re: The Homestead. in reply to blackhole49, 09-16-2020 14:36:07  
And someone likes to tell the kids " go outside and play! "
:lol:



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showcrop

09-16-2020 15:11:38




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 Re: The Homestead. in reply to blackhole49, 09-16-2020 14:36:07  
You are obviously delinquent in your tree pruning regimen.



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blackhole49

09-16-2020 15:19:08




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 Re: The Homestead. in reply to showcrop, 09-16-2020 15:11:38  
Obvious to who? There are no trees touching any structure and It took years to get the house shaded.



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showcrop

09-16-2020 15:11:05




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 Re: The Homestead. in reply to blackhole49, 09-16-2020 14:36:07  
You are obviously delinquent in your tree pruning regimen.



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Patsdeere

09-16-2020 15:01:02




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 Re: The Homestead. in reply to blackhole49, 09-16-2020 14:36:07  
I see you like to change roofs in a regular basis... and the garden seemed to have disappeared early.



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blackhole49

09-16-2020 15:15:15




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 Re: The Homestead. in reply to Patsdeere, 09-16-2020 15:01:02  
The house was brown and yellow when we bought it. The year after I repainted it my wife decided she wanted it blue and white. We sided it in the spring of 1990 then finished the trim windows and doors and did the roof in 1991. Put the steel roofs on the house and both barns after hail damage in 2016.



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blackhole49

09-16-2020 15:22:51




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 Re: The Homestead. in reply to blackhole49, 09-16-2020 15:15:15  
Garden came out in 1994 when the pool went up. No time for both. Pool came down last year due to lack of use.



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Traditional Farmer

09-17-2020 04:36:03




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 Re: The Homestead. in reply to blackhole49, 09-16-2020 15:22:51  
Seems like pools are like horses,owners get them and the fun wears off in a few years.You can do like one lady in my area has done filled in the pool and planted a garden in it.



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4wdtom

09-16-2020 14:44:51




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 Re: The Homestead. in reply to blackhole49, 09-16-2020 14:36:07  
I much prefer it with all the trees! guess you do too.



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blackhole49

09-16-2020 15:16:03




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 Re: The Homestead. in reply to 4wdtom, 09-16-2020 14:44:51  
Yes.



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farmerjohn

09-16-2020 14:44:28




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 Re: The Homestead. in reply to blackhole49, 09-16-2020 14:36:07  
I see urban encroachment in the background.



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Sean Feeney

09-16-2020 15:00:33




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 Re: The Homestead. in reply to farmerjohn, 09-16-2020 14:44:28  
Shop addition pool no pool , 3 different roofs? Very nice setup!



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