It was amazing to talk with them! He told us that the water line comes out of the well-house exactly where we had dug the deepest; we just hadn't dug deep enough. It's about 3 feet down, he says. We learned that they were quite sad to have had to leave here (Jim got sick with a rare disease that has left him unable to speak clearly, so Judy listens and then speaks for him). At one point Jim said "Do you know that you live on the best five acres in Oregon?" Yes, we do. We assured him that we love the place tremendously and that we appreciate his incredible craftsmanship every day. They said that it sounds like we are the right people for their old home, which was so nice to hear. We updated them on lots of things that have been done here on the place, as well as neighborhood news.
Here are a few pictures that illustrate the care and skill that went into building this very special five acres.