Yesterday afternoon, as the sun warmed the farm,
and headed over to the woods with the dogs for a hike.
There is no doubt, a run in the woods is their most favorite thing in the world.
Even old Sammie (who normally conserves energy) gets a super-charged burst of energy when heading into the woods.
They run and jump with their noses to the ground searching for signs of animal life to pursue. Often, they flush out some deer, and have to be told to "leave it" so they don't give chase. Yesterday, we saw no deer. Fun was had, nonetheless. Annie did disappear for a little while. Who knows what manner of mischief she had gotten into. Luckily, she returned, panting heavily, after about 10 minutes. It must have been quite the adventure!
is a large, decaying pile of logs.
Often at this time of year, I am just a little nervous that perhaps I might find a bear hibernating in the space beneath the logs. I tip-toed around to take a peek - no bear. [sigh of relief] What I did find, however, were some bottles and metal objects that had worked their way to the surface. At one time (long before us) this particular area was someone's trash dump. Years ago we cleaned it up, but occasionally I find something that has worked its way to the surface.
Yesterday, amongst the pieces that I found was this jar. It was filled with dirt and had an old rusty lid that had all but disintegrated.
I liked the looks of it, so I brought it home and cleaned it up. It will make a perfect vase for fresh garden flowers this summer. Does this particular jar look familiar to anyone? I am wondering what this jar might have held. It looks like a quart size jar and a standard canning lid fits it.
Lately, whenever we are hiking in the woods, I pick up rocks on the trails and build cairns on tree stumps.
They remind me of our 2017 trip to Iceland. Large cairns can be seen across the countryside... left from Viking days when they were used as a sort of GPS system for travelers. In recent years, tourists build their own cairns from the lava rock that is so prevalent in that country.
Building new cairns in Iceland is discouraged, so I waited to build my own on our own land. They will surely be a curiosity to our Littles when next I can take them exploring our woods.
I love wandering through the woods just looking for nature's oddities. We found this tree... three tiny trunks who entwined themselves together in a braid...