My little slice of paradise in the country

Just a few pictures of my little slice of paradise in the country! The Farmhouse is 100 years old! When my family purchased the land in 1990, the house and fields had been long abandoned. The farmer, the former owner, had grown old and too weak to care for such a large piece of land. He sold it to my father, and moved to a house in the city. My father then installed indoor plumbing, electricity and brought it to a ”livable” condition. We, to this day, continue with renovations each year. It takes a small army of friends and machines to keep everything mowed, cut, trimmed and raked. It’s a great deal of labor, but completely worth it- as I have spent some of the happiest times of my life here.

The property is large and half is thickly covered with trees, grass and brush. This provides and ideal habitat for nature to flourish. In the evening, herds of wild deer come out to graze on meadow grass. Opossums are everywhere and come out after sundown to finish off what’s left of the cat’s food. They’re slow moving and therefore often meet an untimely death at the front end of an oncoming pick-up truck. Raccoons have begun to repopulate again, after a nasty bout of rabies that wiped out a large number in the 90’s. Black snakes are in over abundance, they grow to nearly two meters in length. I hate snakes and will always hate snakes. I once stepped out of my front door to find a baby Copperhead snake resting lazily on my doorstep. I nearly put the house up for sale.

1. In the back of the property is an old ”tobacco barn” used for the storage and drying of fresh cut tobacco leaves. As you can see, it’s been many many years since it was in use. The furnaces to the left provided heat for drying. The tobacco leaves hung from the wooden poles above. Notice the barn walls in the background- they are insulated and bound together by mud!

 

 

2. Look at these baby birds! They are infant buzzards, the kind of birds that feed on dead animals. Much to my surprise they were born in my tobacco barn!

 

 

 

 

 

3. ….and this is Mama Buzzard waiting patiently on the roof! Once I saw her peering down at me I closed the door quietly and backed away slowly, leaving she and her babies in peace. I’m not a fan of buzzards. They follow me by air when I go to mow the fields, circling high above just waiting for me, it seems, to ”kick the bucket” (die). But I guess every creature has it purpose in life and if we didn’t have buzzards we would be ”up to our ears” ( having a lot of something) in dead opossums.

 

4. This is a small water turtle I came upon laying her eggs in the soft mud of the pond’s edge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. My neighbor’s goats. They’re incredibly nosy (curious)! But then, I guess there’s not much else to do in the country. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

6. A GIANT prehistoric-looking fresh water Snapping turtle!

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. This turtle migrates within the neighborhood from pond to pond. Look at his eyes! I came upon him one day while I was mowing the fields. What a surprise! We took many pictures that day documenting his entire journey all the way to the water’s edge.

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One Response

  1. Cindy,
    Wonderful documentary …primitive creatures in the midst of modern life! Very interesting story…ann

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