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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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    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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    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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    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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    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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...