Life on the Ranch:

My husband and I moved to his family's ranch in late 2017 in anticipation of the birth of our first child, Clara. We knew this would be the perfect time to start something new and fresh for ourselves and our growing family. Situated on the edge of Lampasas County, TX in the heart of the Hill Country, the open air vista is breathtaking at first glance and serene once you've stayed here a while. My husband was raised on Legacy Valley Ranch, but we have decided to start our own legacy just 4 miles down the dirt road. We're calling it Bison Cove Ranch.

It's not much to look at now, with a dilapidated house and barn at the front entrance and endless cedar trees dotting the landscape, sucking the life out of the massive oaks. Great things are happening, however, as we slowly introduce native species back onto the land. With drought resistant native grasses and a new fence coming soon we will be able to have more bison and partner up with Legacy Valley to produce even more fantastic livestock. 

The closest town is 10 minutes away and has a population of 782. Needless to say, it's a tight-knit community. I get wool from the farmer that rents space for sheep next to our house and llama from a family friend. Knitting has been a passion of mine for a few years now, and spinning for about one. I am, however, a lifelong artist and maker of things, so my husband was very supportive when I finally decided, "I want to pursue this passion full force!" With the help and support offered to me here, I have been able to chip away at the daunting iceberg that is starting a business. 

Time seems to slow down here. Our friends from the city love to visit to get away from the noise and chaos. I frequently sit on the porch, knit, swing the baby, or visit with my husband or his family. We watch the clouds. We watch the storms roll in. We watch the sparse traffic go by. Happiness can be found in most corners around here. There's no shortage of quiet places to be alone and think... or not think
 

My husband and I have 3 dogs, 1 cat, 2 horses, and 2 donkeys. My husband is the horse guy, but we both love to ride. Our dogs are constantly getting into mischief involving other critters that can be found around the ranch. Armadillos, raccoons, snakes, deer, and the occasional ring tail cat lurk around, so there's always something to chase!

All in all, the ranch is a quiet place on the outside, but upon closer inspection, the colorful personality of the land and all that inhabit it really shine. This place inspires one to appreciate every day that is given, and apply purpose and intention to everything you do. The spirit of the land demands that respect. With my craft, I put love and happiness into every inch of fiber, every twist of yarn, and every stitch I make. Life is too short to do anything else. 

© 2018 Candace Pauly