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    It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas!

    We started our week getting into the festive mood, decorating our yurt and surrounding trees with Christmas lights and ornaments. How fun! Little did we know that later in the week nature was going to provide us with her own type of Christmas decoration!Look how cozy this scene looks!   Read More...

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    A Tale of One Yurt Wall

    Drywalling was the big thing going on this week! If you are familiar with yurts at all, you have probably mostly seen open plan yurts with no internal walls. As our yurt is a large "family-size" yurt, and we want it to be a fully functioning self-contained home, we need some internal walls to separate our restroom and kitchen area.   Read More...

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    A Yurt Thanksgiving

    We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. To those of you not living in the US, we hope you had a wonderful weekend also!We have so much to be thankful for. Bill and I were hoping we could host family Thanksgiving in the yurt this year, and we did!   Read More...

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    Momentous Moments & Moving In

    This week has been moving in week! What joy! While the yurt is still not fully completed inside, we have been making a lot of headway, and we're already reaping the benefits of our new "home"!Perhaps not the most glamorous place to start this week, but still important; our yurt septic tank went in on Wednesday and passed inspection!This week Bill and I became experts at IKEA assembly!! Here's one of our completed IKEA bookcases volunteering as a pantry in our yurt kitchen ...  Read More...

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    Yurt Love At First Sight!

    Here's our fully constructed yurt in all it's glory. Ta dah ... !!Now it's time to prepare it so we can move in!Here's Marilyn staining the front doors ...The builders were kept busy this week building the stairs up to our back door ... and putting up the internal walls ...It is super exciting to start moving in some of our furniture and appliances.   Read More...

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    The Yurt Is Up!!

    Yes, it's true! The moment has finally arrived! Our yurt is up!We thought the rain at the start of last week was going to hamper our yurt building efforts.   Read More...

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    Yurt Floor Plan

    Work continues on our yurt construction this week. The start of the week saw a lot of electrical work being done. You can see the electric outlets cut into the yurt platform below ... With a peak under the yurt decking, you can see the box is in place ... Here's Bill checking out some of the yurt floor plan details that are been drawn on the subfloor.   Read More...

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    12 Days of Painting!!

    Let me tell you all - it has been a busy busy week! We have been working from sun up to sun down, painting all the yurt boards. Whew!   Read More...

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    Pillars, Platforms & Lattices

    Things have been moving swiftly along here at The Cedars Ranch this week as we continue to prepare for our yurt construction. Here's the crew from Santiago Concrete, a company based here in Wimberley, pouring and shaping the concrete posts ...Here are the completed concrete pillars that will support the timber platform, upon which will rest our brand new yurt ... The timber for the platform arrived just in time ... Our platform is coming along nicely, as you can see ... Meanwh...  Read More...

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    Whitewashing & Moonflowers

    While the rain has been a welcome visitor here in the Texas Hill Country, it has slightly delayed our efforts in moving forward with our yurt. Luckily the past few days have been dry and sunny, and we've jumped at the opportunity to keep unloading our crates and whitewashing our yurt rafters and lattice frames!Here we are opening those tricky shipment crates ... We laid out the lattice structures that will form the walls of the yurt. This is 1 of the 2 side walls ...Here's Bill and ...  Read More...

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    The Yurt Has Arrived!

    Our yurt has arrived!! It has been all hands on deck this week, as we move forward with preparing for our new yurt dwelling! The yurt arrived in various shipping containers ...Luckily we rented a Bobcat to help us unload the various containers from the delivery truck ... Here's a big one ...Well you know Bill and I had some fun during the process! I call this one "Balancing Act"!   Read More...

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    Yurt Platforming & Tree Trimming

    Great news! Our yurt is finally on its way and due to be delivered later this week. The next step in preparations is building the yurt platform.   Read More...

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    Trenching, Skulls & Flowers!

    While our yurt is nearly here, we still have a few steps to do to prepare for its arrival and construction. This week the trenches were dug, to service our future yurt home. Here's the Ditch Witch arriving for a day of trenching ... Here's some of the trenching snaking through the land ... Meanwhile, our gardener Paige found this beautiful skull at The Cedars while out wandering the land ...The garden is still in full bloom. Here's our Blackfoot Daisy thriving ...Wishing you all a...  Read More...

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    Cedars Creatures

    We often get asked, especially by friends not living in Texas, “What wildlife do you have?” We thought it might be fun to share a list of the different creatures we live with here, especially during this pre-open season while it is quiet here. This is not an exhaustive list but is a good start!Some of the bigger animals here include:Deer (pictured above)Grey FoxArmadilloRed SquirrelGrey SquirrelEastern Black-Necked Garter Snake (pictured below)Smaller Creatures:Texas Brown Turan...  Read More...

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    Garden Abundance & Beauty

    Our garden and orchards are abounding in beauty, growth and activity. They are such fun places to be! Thanks to our permaculture gardener Paige Dunlap for all her sweet nurturing of our soil, plants and flowers.   Read More...

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    Power Tools & Yurt Preparation!

    We start this week by letting everyone know that we are safe and well in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. We're so grateful!!! A special thanks to Kathie and Mike for taking us in!   Read More...

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    Nature Photo Challenge

    With working outside lately to prepare for our yurt (more about that next week!), plus all the excitement of the solar eclipse, we've been focusing on the outdoors this week, and the beauty and wonder therein!In particular, this week a facebook friend nominated me for a Nature Photo Challenge - to post a photo of nature on my facebook page every day for 7 days. I duly accepted! Will you?Nature Photo Challenge Day 1:Loving the variety of butterflies in the garden ...Nature Photo Challenge Day 2:P...  Read More...

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    Introducing Luv Life Coaching

    This week we are excited to introduce you to our sister company Luv Life Coaching! A passion to support the healing and well-being of others is the seed that started us both on this incredible journey with The Cedars Ranch. Luv Life Coaching is part of that vision - helping equip couples with the tools to develop wonderful fulfilling life-long partnerships.The decision to create Luv Life Coaching with its couples coaching programs was fueled by having directly experienced the pain that unhealthy...  Read More...

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    Permaculture Queens

    For the past few weeks Marisa Negri has been volunteering every Wednesday at The Cedars Ranch, helping our gardener Paige Dunlap. This week we go behind-the-scenes with Marisa! Here she is pruning some flowers in our garden …We met Marisa one evening when Bill and I were out for dinner.   Read More...

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    Green Grants & Incentives

    Here at The Cedars Ranch, being eco-conscious, climate responsible, and respectful and efficient in how we use natural resources is an important part of how we want to do business. To this aim, we have been researching available support out there in terms of grants and incentives for going “green”. Is there financial assistance available to help us develop a renewable energy campus?   Read More...

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    Dance Hall Reveal & Beautiful Butterflies!

    We’ve got another exciting reveal for you this week!! Our local architects, HA Architecture have been working on producing a rendering for the inside of our dance hall. Here’s Jamie mid creative process …Here is the newest dance hall design …We love seeing these spaces come to life!   Read More...

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    Your Feedback - Speakers, Programs & Events

    We here at The Cedars Ranch have been busy developing a schedule of speakers, programs and events for our first year of operation, i.e. September 2018 – September 2019. Up until now, we have mostly been focusing on the wedding market, but The Cedars Ranch will offer much more than a place for wedding and celebration. It's super exciting for us to start to strategize and plan for our first year.   Read More...

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    Double Celebration!

    Great news! Borrowed & Blue, a popular national go-to wedding planning website, has just published our style shoot, entitled "Rustic Wine-Hued Romance Styled Shoot’s Wedding". Here's the link to check it out: https://www.borrowedandblue.com/us/weddings/rustic-wine-hued-romance-styled-shootNot only that, they loved it so much that, in their words:"We have selected this gem as the creme de la creme ...   Read More...

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    And The Winner Is ...

    A huge THANK YOU to everyone who shared their ad image preferences with us this week! It has been so much fun to see you all cast your votes and read your comments, whether on facebook or via email. We loved hearing from everyone.So the votes have been counted!   Read More...

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    Magazine Ad Options: Cast Your Vote!

    This week we have a fun interactive activity! We would really like for you to help us choose the best magazine ad image and design to move forward with. We are gearing up for the Fall 2017 issue of the Texas Wedding Guide and The Knot Texas Spring/Summer 2018 issue.   Read More...

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    Enchanted Garden

    This week we’re taking you on a special wander through our garden. It’s blooming in all kinds of beauty, activity and enchantment! Thank you to our gardener Paige Dunlap for all her hard work and sweet dedication to mother nature here at The Cedars Ranch!Look at this delicious mix of delicate Violas and luscious Swiss Chard here in our garden raised beds …Beautiful vivid blue Delphinium and flourishing Dill …Look what is hanging out on the African Basil …Do you spot the Foxglove climber on an ad...  Read More...

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    San Antonio Bridal Extravaganza

    Sunday was a big and busy Bridal Extravaganza day for us! We exhibited The Cedars Ranch at the San Antonio Bridal Extravaganza. This was our first time exhibiting at the San Antonio show, having exhibited twice previously at the Austin Bridal Extravaganza.   Read More...

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    Irish Family at The Cedars Ranch

    Recently we had the good fortune to be visited by our Irish family! Brenda Ryan, our Operations and Sustainability Manager (aka our right-hand woman) is from Ireland, and her parents, even though a continent away, have been supporting us every step of the way since the beginning. It has meant so much to Bill and I to receive their many comments on our social media posts, or private messages of encouragement and friendship along the way. So what a delight it was for everyone, that they trave...  Read More...

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    Then & Now: One Year Living on the Ranch!

    This day last year, May 30th 2016, we moved to The Cedars Ranch!! Here we are below, moving in with our RV, ready to embark on a brand new adventure!This has been our home for a year now ... our minimal and “compact” living, in our RV under the live oaks at The Cedars Ranch!It's been a busy year, and we've definitely being getting stuck into work here at The Cedars ... What a difference a year makes.   Read More...

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    Wedding Style Shoot Exposé part 3

    Welcome back to the final part of our wedding style shoot exposé. A big thank you again to Sydney from Olive and Belle events and Dreamy Elk Photography, as well as all our other amazing style shoot wedding vendors!Have we saved the best for last? You can be the judge of that!This photo took our breath away ... We love the whimsical and elegant feel of these shots, and the gorgeous radiant early evening light at the ranch.Style shoot models Aubrey Moore and Bailey Hamer are wearing dresses ...  Read More...

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    Wedding Style Shoot Exposé part 2

    Welcome back to part 2 of our 3-part wedding style shoot exposé. A big thank you again to Sydney from Olive and Belle events and Dreamy Elk Photography, as well as all our other wonderful style shoot wedding vendors!This week our gorgeous wedding style shoot photos take an adventurous and bohemian turn!The Photo Bus came to join the party! This bright and shiny red VW van functions as a hip and trendy photo booth for weddings.   Read More...

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    Wedding Style Shoot Exposé part 1

    Our official wedding style shoot photos are back! And they are AMAZING!! There are so many gorgeous images to show you and awesome wedding vendors to mention, that we’ll need 3 blog posts to share everything with you!   Read More...

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    The Wimberley Garden Tour

    What a wonderful day we had on Saturday, being one of the featured gardens on The Wimberley Garden Club's annual Garden Tour!We had a steady stream of visitors all day. In the words of our friend Paige Dunlap, who’s our gardener here at The Cedars: “I felt that many people were very inspired and lit up when they entered the garden. Even though we are very new on the scene, I felt well received by the community.” Here’s some Wimberley Garden Tour visitors enjoying our garden …Thanks to ...  Read More...

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    Come Join The Wimberley Garden Tour!

    This week we're excited to announce that The Cedars Ranch will be featured in this Saturday's Wimberley Garden Tour! Presented by the Wimberley Garden Club, and joined by the Wimberley Valley Art League, The Cedars Ranch will be one of 7 “unique gardens” visited by participants on the annual tour of gardens in the Wimberley area.Come join us for a wonderful day! For more information visit the Wimberley Garden Club website: www.wimberleygardenclub.org Let’s have a quick BEFORE and AFTER glim...  Read More...

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    Having a Ball!

    We attended our first ever black tie masquerade ball this week! To say we were excited, was an understatement!The wonderful people that run The Bridal Extravaganza and produce the Austin Wedding Guide were hosting a 30th anniversary celebration of their bridal show and magazine. What a phenomenal event!Held at Onion Creek Ballroom in Austin, the event kicked off with decadent cocktails and eclectic entertainers, followed by an evening of delicious food, live music and dancing, along with plenty ...  Read More...

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    The Seeders

    It’s not all brides, make-up and glamorous style shoots here at The Cedars Ranch! We’re still working hard from the ground up, creating the best possible environment here at The Cedars!In keeping with our focus on sustainable landscaping, and doing what’s best for our Texan ranch land, we’ve been focusing on restoring some of the rough open space near the front of the property to native grassland. For the past week or so, a team of permaculturists* led by Shannon Bro...  Read More...

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    Style Shoot Sneak Peek!

    What a fun blogpost we have to share with you this week! The Cedars Ranch hosted its first wedding style shoot last Thursday! A huge thank you to Sydney Campbell of Olive and Belle and the many incredible wedding vendors and models who made it all happen.   Read More...

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    Corporate & Organizational Wellness

    Last week we shared some of our wellness vision. This week I want to talk about corporate and organizational wellness.Most of our awake hours are spent between family and work. It is so critical to our well-being that we improve the quality of our work relationships.All the dysfunction that we have learned in our families of origin we bring with us to our workplaces.   Read More...

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    Our Wellness Vision

    Spring is officially here! We are welcoming plenty of new growth and witnessing the blossoming of ideas and visions, here at The Cedars Ranch.This week we welcomed a healer friend to visit The Cedars. Izzy Swanson is a Reiki Healer with Transformation Reiki, who, like a lot of wellness professionals in the Austin and surrounding area, is interested in running healing and wellness retreats in the Hill Country.   Read More...

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    Sharing New Designs

    This week we have some gorgeous new architectural renderings to share with you! Our local project architects, HA Architecture have been busy dreaming up some new designs in addition to our existing plans for The Cedars Ranch.Check these out … We think you’re going to love them as much as we do ... !!The Bridal/Honeymoon CabinThis beautiful deluxe cabin will be nicely nestled among our Live Oaks, and adjacent to our outdoor wedding ceremony site.   Read More...

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    Open House Reveal part 3

    This week is our final installment of our Open House reveal! We finish our tour, by taking a little walk past where our future reception pavilion will be, to our second outdoor wedding ceremony site.Nestled among some of our favorite majestic live oak trees, lays this beautiful natural setting for exchanging wedding vows. Special thanks to Wow Factor Floral and Silver Thistle Weddings for setting up this elegant sacred space.Close by, sweet music is wafting through the air, thanks to Jeremy...  Read More...

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    Open House Reveal part 2

    Welcome to part 2 of our Open House reveal! As you know, we held our first Open House event a few weeks ago, and would love to share more of this event with you.Now let's take a pleasant short walk across the grass to our Event Bar.A big thank you again to Kimberley Bentley from Silver Thistle Weddings, who coordinated and styled this whole event. Loving this bar set up.   Read More...

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    Open House Reveal part 1

    We start this week by thanking everyone who participated in our Open House this Sunday, and helped make it happen! Thank you to all our wonderful wedding vendors, and a huge THANK YOU to Kimberley Bentley, from Silver Thistle Weddings and Events, who coordinated the whole event. What a beautiful and inspiring day she envisioned and then created for The Cedars Ranch's first Open House!Here’s Kimberley (on the left) with our super supportive Bridal Extravaganza / Austin Wedding Guide representativ...  Read More...

  • Love Is In The Air

    Wishing you all a very Happy Valentine’s Day! Here is a little Valentine’s offering to you all: some beautiful flowers fresh from our garden …Love is in the air this week, as we continue our countdown to our Open House for our future wedding venue! This Sunday, February 19th, will see The Cedars Ranch open it’s gates to the public, among them, newly engaged couples looking for a wedding venue for 2018 and beyond!   Read More...

  • Our Open House Countdown!

    This week, we are all about preparing for our upcoming Open House!! The countdown is on to Sunday February 19th! This will be the first event held at The Cedars Ranch, and we’re really excited to be offering this “sneak peek” of our future wedding venue to the public!Of course, we would LOVE to see you all there!   Read More...

  • Landscape Fabric & Fairy Swings!

    Work continues in our revamped garden this week. Now that our raised garden beds have been planted with all kinds of beautiful flowers and herbs, it's time to work on the ground surrounding the beds and pathways. Here, some of the Southern Exposure team are laying landscape fabric on the ground, which will prevent weeds from growing up through the crushed granite that will be placed on top ...We are so happy with how our new garden is turning out!   Read More...

  • From Sunrise to Moonrise

    We start our blogpost this week with an inspiring Cedars Ranch sunrise! Here’s some more atmospheric early morning shots of our future wedding venue and wellness retreat. Thanks Billy Orr, for these beautiful photos!   Read More...

  • The Bridal Extravaganza, Extravaganza!

    This weekend was a busy one for The Cedars Ranch team. All day Saturday and Sunday, we were exhibiting The Cedars Ranch at Austin's largest wedding show, the "Bridal Extravaganza", in the Palmer Events Center. We had a great 2 days, and met lots of wonderful couples, families and other wedding vendors.   Read More...

  • Flying over The Cedars Ranch

    As promised, here's our latest aerial video of The Cedars Ranch showing our construction and landscaping progress so far. Our maintenance and garden shed looks so good! We think it definitely makes our tractors look sexy! What a difference a year makes!   Read More...

  • Tractor Temple & Fairy Flitting!

    It’s 2017! Happy New Year to everyone, from The Cedars Ranch team! We are very grateful that you are part of our onward adventure here at The Cedars.   Read More...

  • Tree Pruning & Ladybug Meetings

    This week we've had Bartlett Tree Experts out on our land, tree pruning to their hearts' content!! We're excited at the impact all the pruning is having, and love getting our trees cared for!They are focusing on our outdoor wedding ceremony site, for now. That area has a lot of beautiful trees, but they need some tender loving care! We're having our first “Open House” in February, and we’d love to share a beautiful outdoor ceremony site with visiting brides...  Read More...

  • Back Walls & Breathing Spaces

    The Southern Exposure crew continued work on the inside of our garden and maintenance shed, this week. Here, you can see the back wall going up (just in time for this cold weather!) ...Otherwise, things have been a little quieter on the land this week. As you know, all our garden stonework and construction is completed, and awaiting planting.   Read More...

  • Teamwork Makes The Dream Work!!

    This week we share some photos from our local architect Jamie Crawley, HA Architecture. He paid us a visit at The Cedars to check out progress with the maintenance shed and garden."It's a great day for a Texas Hill Country excursion and project site visit. The Cedars Ranch is a 20 acre green wedding venue we are fortunate to be a part of with our collaborators Acre Architects of New Brunswick.   Read More...

  • Finished Stonework & Festive Fairies

    There's been huge progress with our maintenance and garden shed this week. Southern Exposure are doing such a great job with the construction and siding. Here's Kirby and Paige hard at work ...We're already starting to store some of our machinery in there! Look how beautiful the inside shed walls look too! In the photo above, you can peek through the gap and see our garden and gazebo in the distance.   Read More...

  • Raised Beds, Roofing, Siding, Framing!

    It's been another busy construction week at The Cedars Ranch. Let's go on a tour and show you our latest updates!GardenOur first stop is the garden. Our stonemasons are making a lot of progress with our stone pathways and raised garden beds.   Read More...

  • So Much Good Design

    Work on our maintenance and garden shed continues this week. The 12 foot walls are framed, and the first section of the ridge beam has just been installed. Here's Tony and Matt, from Southern Exposure setting the rafters.We're loving some of the comments from the Southern Exposure crew on social media, about working at The Cedars ... "Our crew which includes Paige, Tony, Matt, and I have been getting to install SO much good design at The Cedars Ranch in Wimberley, Texas.   Read More...

  • Garden & Fairy Updates!

    This week, we're back to the garden!Garden GazeboCheck out the progress with our beautiful stone pathways leading to our garden gazebo. This is our very own stone reclaimed from the land too. Isn't this beautiful? As you can see, our stone masons are true artists.Work is continuing on the rest of the garden surrounding the gazebo.   Read More...

  • Site Plans, Shed Walls & Mystery Move-Ins

    There's been a lot of exciting movement and progress at The Cedars this week. Yesterday, our local architect, Jamie from HA Architecture, dropped by with a massive roll of newly completed architectural and engineer site plans under his arm!These engineer stamped plans for The Cedars Ranch include structural plans, foundation plans, floor plans, plumping site plans, electrical site plans and much more architectural and engineering detail for our future development. They literally outline the...  Read More...

  • Irish Visitors & Floor Puzzles

    This week we had some special visitors at The Cedars. Fiona and Tara flew all the way from Ireland to visit us and view progress at the ranch!! Well, Fiona was actually in the US to visit her sister Brenda, who is part of our Cedars Ranch team!   Read More...

  • Decisions, Decisions

    This week we’ve been busy making decisions! This is the first time that we have been part of a building project and we are so grateful for our architectural teams!!! After meeting with Micah, our landscape architect (Coleman and Assoc), over more site plan specifics we had final choices to make with Jamie, our Austin architect (HA Architecture), over material choices for our house, the Dance Hall and the Reception Pavilion.Here’s Jamie and Micah reviewing some ideas …Some of o...  Read More...

  • Octagonal Gazebos & Abundant Orchards!

    It's been another busy week here at The Cedars Ranch. The Southern Exposure crew, Kirby, Paige, Tony and Matt have been continuing their hard work under the Texan sunshine, finishing the garden gazebo and planting the berms.Here's some photos of the continued construction of the new garden's octagonal gazebo ... Kirby and Matt figuring it out ...Look at that pretty roof structure ... Our beautiful new gazebo is nearly finished ...Elsewhere on the land, the permaculture crew have been p...  Read More...

  • Constructing the Gazebo

    If you've been following us the last few weeks, you'll know that we've had the "Southern Exposure" permaculture team out on our land, transforming our garden and sections of the surrounding landscape. Well, the work continues! This week the focus has been on constructing our new garden gazebo. While sitting down to redesign our garden a few weeks ago, we both jumped at the chance to include a gazebo in our upgraded garden plans.   Read More...

  • Berms & Swales

    As well as working on renovating our garden, the “Southern Exposure” permaculture team are also employing sustainable agricultural design principles on other parts of our land.In order to maintain optimum soil moisture and biodiversity in this often arid landscape of the Texan Hill Country, the permaculture team are laying down some berms and swales along designated contour points on our land. Swales, essentially small ditches located along a slope, retains moisture on the land by ca...  Read More...

  • Garden Makeover Time!

    What a busy 2 weeks here at The Cedars Ranch! The Southern Exposure permaculture team have been hard at work, transforming our garden and adjacent landscape!You all know our garden by now, as we often feature it here in our blog. Well, it’s in the process of getting a HUGE makeover!   Read More...

  • Presenting ... The Cedars Ranch!

    This Sunday was our big Bridal Extravaganza day! This was our first time exhibiting The Cedars Ranch at a public event. We had a blast!The set up began on Friday, in the Austin Convention Center.   Read More...

  • Eco-Friendly Counters & Ticket Giveaways!

    In choosing products and materials for our future home and event venue, it is helpful to learn about which product lines are greener, and why. This week brought the opportunity to learn from specialists at BMC at their Design Center. What makes a product "Eco-friendly"? There are so many angles to consider:How far does the product travel?How much of the product is made from recycled material or easily renewable material?What are the practices of the business that make them greener...  Read More...

  • Drawing, Dreaming and Browsing!

    This week was an exciting week for us! We spent some time drawing, dreaming and browsing with our own kitchen in mind. As you can see in the photo below, our current kitchen is not very big!   Read More...

  • Outdoor Showers & Compost Toilets!

    Since returning from our Summer vacation, we’ve been thinking more about our garden, and making some plans to overhaul our present garden space. Paige is now working with us regularly, identifying native plants and doing some general gardening genius work!This week we all visited a couple of places for inspiration and education … both for our future visions for the garden, and for our land overall.As part of our inspiration and learning tour, Paige suggested we visit The Whole Life ...  Read More...

  • New Perspectives, Overflowing Garden & Fawn Visits

    We both returned this week from an extended vacation in Atlantic Canada. It was so nice to return to The Cedars. It really does feel like home.   Read More...

  • Going Green at The Cedars Ranch

    This week we thought we would share a little about how The Cedars Ranch is “going green”. Environmental responsibility and sustainability are central values for us, in the development and operation of The Cedars. Being eco-conscious, climate responsible, and simply just "smart" in how we use natural resources, feels good to us, is good for the planet and is good business sense too. GREEN BUILDING DESIGNWanting both incredibly beautiful and sustainable design, we h...  Read More...

  • Jump on board for an aerial tour!

    We have a special treat for you this week! We are bringing you on an aerial tour of our 20 acres of Texas hill country magic! Check out our drone video below ...   Read More...

  • The Right Color, Shed Dismantling & Bridal Extravaganza!

    Well it’s been a quite week this week! Following the flurry and excitement of the concrete pour last Monday …… everything has been laying low since then! The new slab is looking great, and the construction team are happy that the concrete finish appears to be the “right” color!The next step this week is the dismantling of the shed shack for it’s relocation to our beautiful new foundation!In other news, we have just signed up to exhibit The Cedars Ranch at th...  Read More...

  • Concrete and Color!

    It has been a busy and exciting week at The Cedars. We ended last week with the foundation frame for the event bar / shed shack in place. Well, as of yesterday, we have a fully laid colored foundation!   Read More...

  • It's Official! Construction has Started!!

    It’s official! Construction at The Cedars Ranch has begun! Last Friday, the foundation frame for our Event Bar (or “Shed Shack” as we like to call it!) was put in place.   Read More...

  • Another Cedars Ranch Love Story!

    Did you know that our names are actually contained within The Cedars Ranch logo? They are inscribed in Celtic ogham script as the second and fourth ‘tree’. Ogham is an ancient Celtic alphabet, where each letter is represented by a mark on a central line.   Read More...

  • Our Glamorous Life!

    This week the septic specialist was out on the land, testing to see where on the site we can put the new septic system! I know, I know, probably not the most glamorous subject, but we’re excited! This is the next step in moving towards our first foundation being constructed, and our shed shack (future event bar) being moved to its permanent location.   Read More...

  • Why "The Cedars"?

    This week we wanted to share a little bit about why we called our future wedding venue and wellness retreat “The Cedars” / “The Cedars Ranch”.Well, the most obvious reason may seem to be that we have a whole lot of beautiful Cedar trees on our 20 acres of Texan hill country land ...... But “The Cedars” / “The Cedars Ranch” seemed like the perfect name for many more reasons than that.The place where Bill grew up going to in the summer, in Watch Hill, Rhode Island, is called “The Cedars” and has m...  Read More...

  • Lessons Learned Thanks to the RV

    Usually we will be using this spot in your week to update you. Today we include a few pictures of recent additions and “events” but decided on a more reflective focus also. Relaxation is important to Bill and I but also what we want The Cedars to offer to others. Cedars are actually symbolic, as a plant, meaning healing and restoration.   Read More...

  • The Big Reveal!

    It’s the week before construction starts and we felt it was perfect timing to share the first renderings of our future campus here at The Cedars Ranch, with you all!!We’ve been working with award-winning Canadian architects, The Acre, for over a year now, helping us realize our vision of a modern, elegant and eco-conscious event space and wellness destination designed for hosting weddings, receptions, corporate events and wellness retreats.And now the moment we’ve all been wait...  Read More...

  • Goodbye Austin, Hello Hill Country!

    It’s official! We are now permanent residents at The Cedars Ranch, 506 Burnett Ranch Road, Wimberley! Goodbye Austin, Hello Hill Country!   Read More...

  • Going Online, Magical Sunsets & Love Stories!

    This weekend we attended our first annual meeting and picnic at Burnett Ranch River Park (www.burnettranchriverpark.com). This is a private park for the property owners and members of Burnett Ranch. We are now one of those lucky property owners!   Read More...

  • Baptism by Fire (well, actually, Water!)

    Remember last week we moved our future temporary home onto our land? Well, it was baptism by fire, well, actually, water!   Last Tuesday, Bill and I thought it would be a great night to spend our first night in the RV.   Read More...

  • Moving, Permaculture & Mystery Footprints!

      The move is on … This week our new home was moved to The Cedars. Our dear friend "Agent Bill" is graciously lending us his mobile home to live in during this year of construction!!! We are so happy to be moving to our land!   Read More...

  • Peach Tree Wranglers & Butterfly Whisperers!

    Roadwork continued on the land this past week. The circle drop-off road-cutting has started.     In order to make way for the road, a couple of peach trees needed to be moved.   Read More...

  • Just Be

    Well, it was a rainy week in Wimberley but only slowed progress down a little for the construction crew. For our garden it sped it up! The house foundation is now finally gone, broken up with the hopes that we can make use of some parts of the material.   Read More...

  • It Has Begun!

    For Bill and I, this week feels like a real beginning to The Cedars Ranch. A road crew has been busy all week, digging our new entrance road way. The new road is the first step in starting the whole new site plan.   Read More...

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    Bill and Marilyn’s Excellent Adventure

    We thought you might enjoy a re-telling of our tale about The Cedars beginnings! As most of you were not subscribed to our blog from day one, you may have missed our very first post, introducing Bill and Marilyn’s Excellent Adventure! In April of 2009 Bill and Marilyn met, online.   Read More...

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    Solar Power

    This April at The Cedars, sees a month-long process of preparation for our first renewable energy grant. The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), is a federal program run by the USDA offering grants to small business owners and rural agricultural producers for up to 25% of total project costs for renewable energy systems.     “Made possible by the 2014 Farm Bill … These efforts help farmers, ranchers and other small business owners save money on their energy bills, reduce America's...  Read More...

  • Reuse, Reclamation & A New Team Member!

    This week, the last remains from the house deconstruction were taken off the land, for reuse and recycling. As the materials from the deconstructed house are reused elsewhere … … we look at the possibility of using some wood reclaimed from another deconstruction project, in our future construction. This week we are happy to welcome HA Architecture onto The Cedars team.   Read More...

  • Precious Water

    Living in the Texas Hill Country area makes one keenly aware of how precious water is. One of the important meetings we have had recently was with a rainwater expert. We are thrilled with the design that is coming together for us to be able to collect rainwater from a couple significant buildings making it possible for us to look after the water needs of our guests with rainwater.   Read More...

  • "Creating Magic!"

    What a week of abundance for The Cedars … visitors, meetings, plans and many downpours of rain! Our Architects, “The Acre”, flew in from Canada this week to spend some time with us on the land and continue to develop the vision for The Cedars. Luckily for us here in Texas they brought a whole lot of rain with them!   Read More...

  • Full Bloom

    So here we are, after nearly a month of deconstruction. Check out the difference a few weeks can make … Before: After: The Cedars has an ongoing commitment to being as “green” and environmentally conscious as possible. One of our key opportunities to operate sustainably and in balance with our environment, is in relation to water.   Read More...

  • "Space for New Imaginings"

    It's amazing to see the house gone! It makes the space feel bigger and is helping us imagine the new buildings that our architects The Acre is designing for this space. Nothing but the deck left … The Cedars headquarters are now officially in the gazebo!   Read More...

  • "Breaking Through"

    The deconstruction continued this week at The Cedars. With environmental consciousness being one of our core values at The Cedars, our deconstruction team is salvaging as much materials from the deconstruction as possible. And there are plenty of materials, as you can see!   Read More...

  • "The Way Being Paved"

    What a week it has been! Most importantly this week brought the safe arrival of our amazing little grand-daughter, Boston. Much has transpired at The Cedars this week too, mainly in our absence.   Read More...

  • "Deconstruction Time!"

    A week from now things are going to look very different at The Cedars! This past week the electrician, in consultation with Pedernales Electric Co-Operative, disconnected the power to the house (very partially finished) and the carport. They have set up a temporary pole for use during the construction phase.   Read More...

  • “Git ‘Er Done”

    You wouldn’t know that you were standing in the same place from when AJ Tree Services started (in a forest dense with dead Cedar limbs) to a beautiful area highlighting the beautiful trees that are there. The change is dramatic. The area we had the team work on is where our cabin will be and we love how now we can picture what it will be like so much more easily!   Read More...

  • Tender Loving Care

    Our garden still needs lots of TLC but it has been fun to start to enjoy watching what is there come along. We have more asparagus on the way but ate a tiny bit this week already. One of the peach trees has started flowering and has quite a few buds ready to open soon.   Read More...

  • Variety is the Spice of Life

    The past week has included progress in so many different ways. Friday we met with Solluna Builders and discussed green ways to dismantle the existing buildings and make use of as much as possible of what is there. We are thrilled that we have a few good options.   Read More...

  • Huge Highs and a Scary Low

    Well, this week has been emotional, to say the least!   Walking through the schematics with Acre was incredibly exciting! We have to keep you in suspense, of course, but suffice it to say that this is going to be amazing!!!   Read More...

  • Simplicity

      On Wednesday we will meet with The Acre to discuss many concepts and the overall plan for the land. It is so very exciting! This vacation season has been peaceful and quiet, allowing for time to reflect and dream.   Read More...

  • So, How Does That Make You Feel?

      So, How Does That Make You Feel? Yes, I have asked, and still, at times, ask this question. It can be a super powerful or super annoying question, occasionally it’s both.   Read More...

  • New Beginnings

    As a native Canadian, planting parts of the garden in December feels extremely foreign. (In a super amazing kind of way!) This week Bill, Billy and I worked hard on cleaning up the garden area which is a nice big fenced in area with raised plots. There is a 5-year-old asparagus section, which means yummy fresh spears come March!   Read More...

  • A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words

    The story of The Cedars truly is the story of many gifts and blessings. If we sat down over a very large cup of coffee and talked rather quickly we might be able to list many of them. Timing, people coming in to our lives, gifts of money, “chance meetings”, incredible new friendships are flowing in to us and we can only conclude that The Cedars is meant to be and that Bill and I have simply been tasked with being its doula.   Read More...

  • Bill and Marilyn’s Excellent Adventure

        The Cedars Beginnings In April of 2009 Bill and Marilyn met, online. Bill lived in Massachusetts, USA. Marilyn lived in New Brunswick, Canada.   Read More...

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