Sykes walks the former A&D railroad

Sykes walks the former A&D railroad

We’ve started building a small shed some distance from the house where there is no access to electricity. It’s a pole building, which means the real nightmare part of the construction is getting the supports lined up and plumb.  It involves lots of digging and moving cedar posts around utilizing  hitherto unknown back muscles.

In this heat, it’s like swimming through mud. The cows are in this field, mowing down scrub, but I rarely see them until evening, when they bring the calves out of the underbrush to have some water and enjoy a couple of hours of not having their brains cooked out.

Scrub seems to be a good habitat for a variety of small birds: I see a lot of indigo buntings and scarlet tanagers here;  rabbits and deer will often pass fairly close to you. I’ve yet to see a fox in this spot, but I know the place is crawling with them. The strangest part of being in that dense mat of young trees is the way sounds are isolated and amplified. Yesterday a cardinal flew across the clearing we mowed for the building and it startled me: I half expected to see a hawk or a buck crashing through the undergrowth with all that noise.

the humble beginnings

the humble beginnings

biting insects just love it here

biting insects just love it here

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