Today I mowed my walking/jogging trail for a first time this season. It is .8 mi long (I clocked the mileage with my 4 wheeler) and it goes down one side of the field then across and back up the other side. As the land dries up I’ll be able to make it longer but for now this is what we have. My goal is always 3 miles so I went 4 times around today. The first time around I took my camera so I could give you a little tour. This is the beginning…..
The trail starts just before the “duck” pond. There goes Pebbles, she was just chasing Callie (our dog). It is hysterical and I never seem to be able to capture a picture or video of it.
This is a make shift blind that we hunt out of. I have yet to shoot a deer probably because I do not put my time in and I am not nearly as passionate about it as John is. I sat out here twice last year, one time with each kid. We did not see anything except other hunters on the land. I went out with John a couple other times as well. I had not been out since BK (before kids). I applied for a land owner’s permit and was granted one so I did not have to pay a fee this past fall.
The field is a carpet of wild strawberries and there are patches of these little white flowers. Anyone know what these are? Our goal for the summer is to identify as many things as we can on the land and the kids will journal about it on their blogs.
Next to the right of my path is the “frog” pond or the “deep”. The kids spend a lot of time out here frogging. It is a little ways from the house so the kids usually go out there with walkie talkies or if John or I are out back. I am nervous Nelly having worked in the ED for the past 7 years. I have seen and heard of more child drownings then I care to!
Almost to the end of the trail, just behind the gardens is Anna Belle and Oreo’s pen. Oreo is not a happy camper today as he was banded. My goat mentor, Melonie gave him and injection for the pain and then applied a rubber band around his scrotum and testicles using a metal tool called an Elastrator. I felt bad having it done but I am all set with having a billy goat. I gave him a bottle of milk and some extra grain and attention. I was silently begging for his forgiveness. John was a bit distraught of this whole process.
This is the last destination of the trail, just behind the barn by the back two gardens. John had just finished planting our pumpkin garden. The kids are hoping to grow a big one for the fair. Last year they entered a Hubbard squash and won first place and even received a check for $2, they were psyched! We had never entered anything in the fair before, I am sure we will enter a few more items this year!