A May Day adventure
Between getting engrossed
in farm projects and Mark having to rush up to Ohio to see his father
in the hospital last week, we never did make an April holiday
happen. So May Day seemed mandatory. Luckily, our
movie-star neighbor wanted us to walk over a neighboring property that
his intentional community is planning on purchasing, and that seemed
like a good May Day activity. The weather cooperated with beautiful sun but cool temperatures, so we headed out to hike.
Even though the land is
less than a mile and half from our house (as the crow flies), this
south-facing slope is about a week ahead of us in terms of leaf
development. I can't explain the huge bole on this tulip-tree,
our lesson in microclimate (and a walk through a beautiful, maturing
forest), we headed down into a sinkhole and then up the other side a
little way to see a seep and spring. The spring had been boxed in
so long ago that nature had taken over the spring box and it almost
seemed natural. Until, that is, I peered closely and noticed that
the stones were carefully stacked by human hands. I took a sip
since you can so rarely safely drink found water, but the taste was a
Our neighbor found
fragments of what was probably a plate in the seep. We peered at
the old objects, then put them back for the next person to find.
land hosts an ancient barn and a tumbling-down house, both of which we
had to explore. The house had brick walls infilled between wood
and then plastered over --- very unusual in our region. The
outside, though, was trimmed with wooden clapboard just like the old
house that used to stand on our own property.
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