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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...