This is big news!

Well, OK, maybe it is only big news for me, but I’m sharing it anyway!

The realtor spoke with the Octogenarian and she has agreed to record the history of the Mountain Farmlet for me, and to procure copies of any known early photographs of the home!

So now I’m off to buy a small tape recorder. 

Do they still make those?


Looking north the old farm is on your right.  I just  don’t know if I can stand all this traffic every day!  😉

I’m so excited about this! 

Can’t you tell?


Photo Friday: the hawk in the cemetery

On Saturday we visited Maple Hill Cemetery, which is the oldest cemetery in Alabama.   It was begun in 1818 when Leroy Pope sold two acres to the city.  Over the years the “burying-place” was officially named “Maple Hill,” and it has grown to just under one hundred acres in size.  It is a historical and quite beautiful place to visit.

PLEASE NOTE:  All photographs are clickable for a better/clearer view!


While driving out of the grounds I chanced to spy this fellow…

gorging himself on his catch of the day…


I thought him very photogenic…


and quite accommodating… 

although he did eventually grow tired of our intrusion on his dining experience, and grabbing his grub, he flew into the trees.


Note:  I am uncertain as to what kind of hawk this is, so I have sent a request for Bob of Texas Tweeties to help me ID him.  I will post his reply here when it comes.   🙂

UPDATE:  Bob believes it to be a Juvenile Red Tailed Hawk.  (See Comments below)  Thanks Bob!  🙂

Taking a break

Today I went out to run errands and took my camera.  I delivered three dozen eggs to the Co-op in Huntsville (my first delivery!), went to Tractor supply and bought more chicken feed and scratch, paid for entirely with eggs sales I might add! Then it was off to buy the necessary items I needed for apple butter and green tomato relish.  My errands complete, I glanced down at my camera and set out to find something to shoot.

Here are the results of my afternoon off…

The Bunker



I truthfully don’t know what this is… so if you do then please do tell!

~~~Want to see these in color?  Just say the word! ~~~

Wuthering Heights

To get in and take the pictures I had to slip by a gate and hoped that no one would notice me trespassing…

This was awesome to see.  The chimney in the background was massive, and what remains is easily over 15 feet tall. Imagine how impressive it was when first made!

Alabama is full of old ruins like this.  It is impossible not to turn a corner or pass through a field and not find something that remains from back when.  My sense about this site is that the original stone chimney was built in the early 1800’s.  The brick is also quite old, but I have no guesses as to its age.

It will be fun to try and find out more about this site and its history.  That it saw the Civil War is certain!

Some words on graveyards…

It does not matter where you go you will run into a graveyard.  Many in the strangest of places.  There is even a small family graveyard in front of the Madison Square Mall, sandwiched there between the parking lot and Highway 72.  Grave sites are very sacred here and rather than disturb them, they just build around them.

So today I found this one, and strangely, a road runs through it.  Situated out in the middle of a cotton field it is quite old, pre Civil War,  and surprisingly well cared for.



Born 1839.   Died 1861.  This Gudwife was only 22 years old when she was laid to rest…

Isn’t the work on this gate lovely?  I think it amazing that it is still standing after all these years.

Well friends, it is late and I need sleep.  I will post more tomorrow when I get my apples prepared and my apple butter on to cook!

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