Memorial Day and Mosquito Haven


This weekend was the first time we’ve been out to the farm since the rains came and the temperature has risen. The pasture was blanketed with a field of yellow flowers and was pretty amazing to stand in. What wasn’t pleasant is that we have discovered our future homestead is already claimed by a few legion of mosquitoes! They weren’t so terrible in the wooded campsite, but step out into the open field and I felt like I was in Minnesota! I know there are pools of standing water along the creek, but they apparently love the tall grass and flowers too.

There is a giant Oak tree near the edge of the field that we have been admiring since we first set eyes on the property. It was encumbered with thick briars and a few Cedar and other small trees, but I just knew there was a beautiful tree under there. Since there was time this weekend I took the opportunity to do some clearing and reveal the mighty Oak in all its splendor. So, after I doused myself with mosquito spray I took to the task. One day I will remember to take pictures/video when I am about to take on a new adventure, but for now you can see the tree AFTER all the work. The picture doesn’t do it justice as the trunk of this ancient tree is well over 10-15 feet around.

We didn’t stay as long as we had planned because a storm system came through, dumped a little rain, took away the nice breeze we had enjoyed all day and left behind still, humid air. Without power for even a small fan, it wasn’t all that pleasant.

On another note, all the work to our house is done and it is officially on the market (and the calls are already coming in).

3 Comments on “Memorial Day and Mosquito Haven

  1. It’s a magnificent tree. That’s good work. 🙂
    I’ve been in the transition period you’re in now and I know how exciting (and sometimes unnerving) it can be. Wishing you all the best!

  2. That is a beautiful tree, and well worth fighting the mosquitos to uncover it. Good luck on selling your house quickly.

    • Thank you for the comment! The more time I spend on this property, the more trees like this I have found. Unfortunately some of them have succumbed to the effects of our extended drought, but I have found several ancient trees already and I’ve hardly even entered the woods yet.

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