Charm

One of the best parts of being an ambulatory equine vet technician (fancy, ain’t it?), is traveling all over the great state of North Carolina and seeing different farms. This one caught my eye yesterday. In the middle of nowhere, close to the VA line, down a long gravel drive, is this beauty.

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The entire farm is a hand-me-down from the current owner’s great-grandfather. The house and grounds date back to the 1800’s, but the barn is new.  However, it still seemed to keep the same essence and character of the whole farm. It is not fancy, but sturdy. The shape of an L, with one section for stalls, the other for tack, feed, and equipment. The aisle is wide enough to pass two horses through with room to spare. It just had a neat vibe!

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And the coolest part? It was this beauty, one of the original horse carts used on the farm. It is just sitting at the end of an aisle, waiting to be admired. I’m guessing the basket above was used to carry tobacco, but I’m not positive. The main crop in that area appeared to be tobacco from our drive up.

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What barn isn’t complete without a weather-vane? It was a perfect way to top the barn off, and a great day of memories.

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The Mighty Pecan

The Mighty Pecan

Found this old giant on a day hike today. The trail is located at a county park, which is built on an old farmstead dating back to the 1700’s. I’m not sure why, but this old tree spoke to me. How old is it? How long had it been here, and was it a part of the original farm? There were two other pecan trees, sort of in a row, so I am guessing at one time it might have been a pecan orchard. There were also numerous grapevines, some even on old fence. How neat to have lived back then, surviving on what your farm provided. This tree seemed to have a soul all its own. It had limbs that touched the sky and leaves that seemed to shine and dance in the sunlight. I’m not sure how I became obsessed with big, ancient trees…..but it is a good obsession to have.