Cactus Hill is the home of Ed and Chris Born-Long. Ed Born, who comes from the south side of Chicago, and Chris Long, from the north side of Chicago, met in Austin, Texas, in 1982. By happy coincidence, each of us was truly born long, so it was natural that each joined Austin's Tall Club, a singles club for tall people. Do you believe in fate? Well, the rest is history. The two names joined naturally, and so began the Born-Longs. The official hyphenation took place on Valentine’s Day 1983.
Since 1985 we have lived on 3 wooded acres in Bastrop County, about 25 miles southeast of Austin, called Cactus Hill for two obvious reasons: It sits on the highest spot in the area, and it's full of native cactus.
In 2011 we were joined by our daughter Emilie, who has moved here from Colorado. Emilie lives in a charming new cottage at Cactus Hill, completed in September largely with Emilie's own labor, skill, and talent.
This Family Album documents our home and the people and critters who live here. We'd love to show you around. Please click Next, or choose one of the sections below.