Monthly Archives: September 2010

Unable to blog for a few days

We are going to be in Smithville, Bastrop County, Texas having the burned and standing dead trees removed. As we sat on the deck we heard several loud cracking sounds and with the nearest sound we saw a large limb crash … Continue reading

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Getting to know our new home in Smithville Texas and it’s dangers

We decided to investigate the cost of removing some of the standing dead trees, fallen trees and stumps on the Smithville property which was caused by a forest fire February of 2009. We wanted to begin planning the layout of … Continue reading

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Bud’s Portable Building/Pottery Studio is delivered and set up in Smithville Texas

The young man drove up with the building which looked much larger than we remembered when we saw it on the sales lot. It did not look to us that it could be set behind the garage since the path … Continue reading

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Moving The Purple Gate Herb Farm to Smithville, Texas in small loads

We planned to move our Purple Gate Herb Farm in small, manageable trips. We began by moving Catherine into the mobile home. On one trip with a load of her books, essential kitchen equipment and personal items, we drove past … Continue reading

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Preparations for our move from Burleson County Texas to Bastrop County Texas

  We needed to move as much of our garden accessories from The Purple Gate Herb Farm in Caldwell, Texas to Smithville, Texas. We did not want to list the property with these in place (potential buyers might expect them … Continue reading

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Reflection. Is this what we want to do?

As the closing of the sale approached, we remembered that we were only in this area on a fact finding mission. We just wanted to know if we could afford to move to an area like the one in Bastrop … Continue reading

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The Importance of a good real estate agent and inspectors

Sept 14, 2010 Day one: arrange inspectionsWe sprang into action. We arranged a termite, home and septic inspection with Cherie’s help. Bud and I were overwhelmed with all that needed to be done. Without Cherie to calm us and guide … Continue reading

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Look again! Change of heart.

  The next morning I said, “Bud we need to look again at the property in Smithvill, Texas, this time with Cherie, to show us the mobile home. We have not seen 1-2 acres before and this may be the … Continue reading

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Giving up. And then the Surprise! And a let down.

Sept 11, 2010 We are discouraged. We cannot afford any desirable property we saw and those we could afford were just awful, required a lot of work or could not be made livable in any reasonably period of time.  We … Continue reading

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Can we afford any property in Bastrop County, Texas?

Sept 9, 2010 Cherie checked listings on properties all around Austin and could not find one that listed 1-2 acres in our price range. We raised our price range (almost double) and went out to see what was available. 5 … Continue reading

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