The week of Thanksgiving I took a walk around a portion of the property. I haven't been able to post these pictures due to family being in town and not having the time to spend on the computer. Then I was out of town visiting family, but now I'm back home and blogging again.
Randy and I went out on foot in the afternoon. I like to sightsee and take pictures as I go. We were looking for signs of trespassers, as deer shotgun season was soon starting. We've put up "No Trespassing/No Hunting/Private Property" signs all over the property, but that doesn't stop people from putting their deer stands on our property or hunting on foot. The poaching issue is another blog post - we actually did catch a poacher on another day! But this post is dedicated to the sights of nature and history that I saw that day on my walk.
It is so very quiet and peaceful in the woods. All you can hear are the birds.
There is a small abandoned house on our property that is vacant. It's in pretty bad shape. It has no power or water run to it. It is aptly named The Little White House. It was used by farmers a long, long time ago. The Little White House is complete with it's own outhouse, which hasn't been used in many years. Surprisingly, recently Randy spoke to a man who's grandfather used to live in the Little White House.
|The Little White House|
|Outhouse for The Little White House|
We found many deer skulls during this walk. We usually find bones, including skulls or single dropped deer antlers on our walks. We've been collecting the antlers. We saw a few deer on this walk, too. They aren't really that scared of us; they usually run a few yards away to a safe place and then watch as we go on our way. But sometimes the deer scream when they see us and run away. Randy tells me that although it sounds like a scream, it's a type of snort. But I personally think they scream when we startle them, just like I'd scream if some stranger came up on me suddenly when I was sleeping. I've heard many does scream and think they are so sweet. I've never heard a buck scream, though. Boys just don't scream, they snort and run away.
I was fascinated by the vines which wrapped around trees, turning the tree trunks into pretty designs. There's a lot of vines in this area: grapevines, poison ivy, you name it, and they all grow like weeds.
|Vines wrapped around trees|
We found a historic hay cutter/mower abandoned out in the woods. We had never seen it before, despite all the times we walked in this area of the woods. It was exciting to find! Horses were used to pull it to cut hay, while a man sat on the seat and steered. It doesn't look too comfortable! We also have a historic hay rake on the property, now we have it's matching hay mower.
Historic Hay Cutter
This concludes this walking tour.
Come back again for another walk and more history!