The Vintage Homestead – The Start of Fall

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Life has been busy since we moved in. The kids have started in a new school, we have been cleaning and making our home our own, and learning how to take care of our property. The hustle and bustle has been crazy and we are finally starting to make some plans and get into a routine. We certainly see the work that it will take, but Ben and I and the kids are SO excited to call this place our own! We are learning SO much from neighbors, friends, really anywhere we can.

Take a glimpse into what we have been up to the last couple of months…

We are calling this place, this yard, this home of ours The Vintage Homestead for the time being. Ben and I are racking our brains for a name. You know, letters to put on a beautiful handmade sign outside of our home. But we have yet to find one. It will come. So for now, The Vintage Homestead. :)

The peonies….

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If you have been following me on Facebook or Instagram, you have seen the peonies. The gorgeous flowers were the babies of the previous homeowners. They took such wonderful care of them. While Ben and I didn’t want to take up our full sun garden area with them, we definitely wanted them to go to a good home. We have spend the last 3 months giving them to people that we know and friends of those that we know. Success! Every last peony was given to a good home. They are now spread throughout SE MA and likely PA in a short while. Heck, Ben’s mom even took some back to CO when she went

Once we got the peonies out of the field, it was ready to be tilled. We don’t have a rototiller…yet and we wanted the soil to be turned up nice and good so we asked John from Tosy’s Farm to come down with his tractor to do the job. John brought his 1947 Ford tractor over one afternoon and brought his lovely wife to grab some peonies for their yard and their daughter in NJ. He spent about two hours tilling this land and after he was done, it was gorgeous. Tall weeds gone and beautiful dark brown soil turned.

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It was ready for compost.

Eastern Landscape was recommended to us by John. He’d been using them for organic compost for years and said that it’s the best in the area. I gave them a call and a few days later, a dump truck was in our yard dumping fine black compost into the field.


I got about half of it spread before the rain started and that’s where I left off. This week I’ll be¬†spreading the rest and planting the garlic and shallots that are awaiting.

John landed us a Troy Bilt Horse Rototiller from a friend of his that is no longer farming. Score!

Next up is a snow blower. Any recommendations?

As far as the inside of the house goes, we haven’t really gotten far. I finally got the primer coat on our bedroom doors. I need to finish those and get them up. Maybe this week. I also would like to start painting the trim in the upstairs hallway. It’s the next room on the list to get painted.

And I need to scrub the front porch. It is filthy and needs to be cleaned!

So…that’s where we are! What home projects are you working on these days??

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About Lauryn Blakesley

A woman out to explore, celebrate, and enjoy everything that my community and living locally has to offer. Blessed with three beautiful children and an incredible husband, our family embraces adventure while dreaming of what is to come. Lover of knitting, running (although mostly after little ones right now), the color orange, fun accessories, fall, tea, and a clean kitchen floor. I spend my days in awe of my family and trying to teach my three to treat others as they would want to be treated.

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  1. Wow, what a beautiful property, and an amazing opportunity! We have just moved house and now have a little over an acre of ‘garden’. There is a lot of rock though :) Some major landscaping starts this week… exciting but a bit scary! I love that you re-homed the peonies, one of my favourite flowers x
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