Thursday, October 30, 2008
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Sunday, October 26, 2008
This is the smallest of the 10 huge snapping turtles that we captured in the spring. During the spring, there is an area that floods, that we call the "bottom". It runs from one end of the farm to the other, and past to empty into Nolin River. All types of fish, turtles, and birds, (one of my favorites is the Sandhill Cranes),are here on the farm to feed on the flowing "stream" that occurs.
So the kids and I have TONS of fun as the water finally receeds catching catfish with our hands, and nets and re-locating them into the other ponds that are here year round. We have 20 bodies of water here, and we are slowly trying to place some catfish in the ponds that we fish. We also go "turtle hunting". One of Doug's absolute favorite things to do in life! Its pretty fun to find these giants and catch them.
9 of the 10 were fried up by our neighbor Donnie. They say that there is 7 different flavor types of meat in a snapping turtle....I only tried one piece that tasted like pork chops...but I couldnt get over the thought of eating what we caught and after watching them get cleaned...ummmm....wasnt that in to eating it. Leah wouldnt even try a small piece. Snapping turtles live to be hundreds of years old, and one that we let go had probably seen the civil war era.
Doug, Neal, and I have a blast driving the 4-wheeler through the water or along side where it's too deep to drive searching for the large shells! Silly I guess, this "Turtle Hunting" that we do, but I guess its not silly if Douglas gets so much enjoyment out of it, and if its something we can do together and bond. I love doing anything outside with Doug, even going turtle hunting. I hope this spring we go to find some more, Dinosaur Discoveries!
* Our Garden and view of Tobacco Barn, Shop Building, tractor shed, stock barn, and Norms mom's house*
* One of the views on the "Poodle" farm*
*Across from the house where the 1st year heifer-calves are kept*
* The "Jennings farm" - different parts of our farm are called by the last names of whom they were originally bought, helps us know what's what and where's where*
This is where we live and work. Our office has the BEST view, and its also our playground! I've dreamed my whole life of a home like this, and the contentment and happiness I feel today. It's been a long time coming and I'm appreciating every day. Not a lot of people can experience the beauties we are privileged to be a part of each and every day. This land has been in Norms family for 5 generations, so it hold special meaning for Norm. Land has been sold and bought back over the years, and we are always in a quest to retain all of the property that has been inhabited by his family over the many years. On each piece of ground there is something that takes you back in time and gives you a glimpse of the old days. whether it be one of the 2 old cabins, the old horse-drawn wagon roads, or the old barns. The old Trees and all these things tell a story, and oh how I would love to know what they have seen. When the wind blows and whispers in your ear, it takes you back in time - even for just a moment. I have tried to capture ALL of the farm in a series of pictures.....