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Homestead Texas Ground Breaking

13 September, 2015

The Farm has varied topology from pasture with stands of trees (Post, Burr and Live Oak, mainly, but Mesquite, Pecan, Locust Tree and Juniper as well, and other species we have not yet identified) and approximately 8 acres of woods. It's Texas, so of course we have prickly pear cactus.

The ground in the wooded area has grown up with a particular kind of vine that resists movement and handling - "Graboid Vines", we call them. They catch on everything and seem to be a living, clutching, tripping predator plant when you are working around and among them. Kit has identified them as Greenbrier.
There are also wild grape vines, some an inch or more thick, wrapped up in the trees.
It's like our very own jungle.

The brush and undergrowth is difficult to describe - you just have to see it to believe it.


So we sent Don in there mounted on mom's trusty riding lawn mower turned bulldozer.
He was able to make amazing progress with that mower.


Then the ground crew came in to dispatch the remaining, too-large-to-run-over growth. Machetes were a favorite tool, but everything from hand clippers to hedge clippers to heavy duty loppers to the chainsaw was employed to clear a space that is destined to be the Thompson main residence.


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