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Great-Grandad, Thanks for the flat land.
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rhudson    Posted 06-17-2002 at 04:50:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i just finished cutting hay on my neighbors land. not a flat spot on it. in lotts of places the front end of the tractor was sliding on freshly cut hay. in places i will not be able to carry the round bailor for fear of turning over. how did people ever farm hillsides without them washing away? i've also noticed the quality of soil and lack of rocks is much better than most of my neighbors. i've got an idea that my grandfather new what it took to farm.

Tom A    Posted 06-17-2002 at 10:53:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My place doesn't have a flat spot on it. We first saw the place when we began our search for a little farm to learn on. We walked over the property and decided it wasn't for us. Well, over the next 6 years we walked a lot of small farms... and made offers on many. The few I could afford had other problems, and the rest I couldn't afford. We finally broke down and bought the first place we'd looked at (yep, it was still for sale!).

Now I'm usually worried about turning over the tractor or pushing thru a fence at the bottom of a hill; I don't let the kids mow or bale for just that reason.

*But* because the house is in a valley in the middle, when I sit on my porch absolutely everything I can see, I own. That's a pretty good feeling. Someday we may move to a bigger, flatter place, and every once in awhile 'til then I may gripe about my hills, but for now it is my little piece of heaven and I'm content with it. :-)


Les...fortunate    Posted 06-17-2002 at 12:32:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Tom, your place sound like New Hampshire.
People used to ask my grandfather how much land he owned. His answer: "All you can see and all that joins it".

Hogman    Posted 06-17-2002 at 14:38:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ya know some Folks just don't know a bargain when They see it. A 20 acre field in flatland is just 20 acres. 20 in tha Ozarks is realy about 60 time Ya convert ta SURACE footage,mabe a lot more if Ya figure in tha "difficult terrain" portions.

Nathan(GA)    Posted 06-17-2002 at 19:55:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
On the serious side, that's something I always wondered about. How do they survey pretty good sized hills? Is it like looking from up above on arial map or do they measure up the slopes?

Les...Why yes!    Posted 06-17-2002 at 18:26:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
In my youth, there usta be a country singer around these parts named Buzz Whittaca (sp?). He always claimed that NH would be as big as Texas if'n you flattened it out.

DeadCarp - that does it!    Posted 06-17-2002 at 22:27:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
My fire's lit now - you let me know the minute you get NH ironed and this Fall i'm gonna organize a property tax revolt! See, if you took your average Minnesota acre, shrunk it down to say 30 below, and divided by the coefficient of expansion, by jeez, they oughta be paying us to stay here til Spring! LOL

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