Almost a year ago, when I finally hacked my way through all the red tape that was wrapped around this house, I started taking daily walks around my property just to check things out and spend a little time being grateful for where I’m at right now. Plus there’s the added excitement of never knowing when you might be chased by wild turkeys, or, alternatively, have to chase off a coyote.
Since we’re well into the Dark Days, where I almost never see my property in the daylight, I haven’t had much chance to walk the perimeter and check things out. But after our big snow last week I started noticing what a high traffic area I’m living in…
So I finally bundled up and went out in the daylight to capture some scenes from the Liberty House in winter, and see who’s been visiting me.
I’m a complete amateur at identifying animal tracks (as evidenced by the fact that the first time I saw a deer trail through the grass in the back field I thought it was from someone on a dirt bike), but I’m guessing this one is actually a deer taking a leisurely stroll around the property…
And then heading off over the hill at a run?
This one actually made me laugh… looks like there was a quick change of direction here. Or someone was drinking…
Then, of course, there are visitors of a much smaller variety. Mouse or chipmunk or rat, I suspect:
I walked far out into the back field where the turkeys hang out when they aren’t skulking out around my barn waiting to scare the crap out of me. I couldn’t identify a turkey track… this one maybe?
That’s probably another mouse, actually.
I was kind of wishing I brought a sled with me. I don’t even think I own a sled, but with hills like this out back, I may need one…
The house, from the back of the property:
Oh, this one I know! Silly rabbit.
I was actually wondering how the whole dirt-road thing would work once we got a significant amount of snow. I was only really “snowed in” the day the snow was coming down really hard… and a week later, all of us with 4WD have packed down the snow enough that it’s completely drivable.
I love this place just as much in Winter as I have in the other seasons, especially now that the old boiler and I are on speaking terms again and the house stays relatively heated.
And it’s nice to know that I’m not really alone out here.