Saturday, August 26, 2006

Mail Call



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(At least I can read about people who have time to fish ...)

It occurred to me today, that with all the oversharing I've done in the past 16 months, I had not shown you my neighborhood.
There's not much to see ... which is exactly the way I like it.

Come along with me to check the mail and I'll show you what I mean.



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That's my mailbox in the picture above. This is looking south down the little county road we live on. A right turn out of my drive takes me that way. It's almost a mile down to the next county road ( a T-intersection ). There are two residences in that direction.


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The view above is a left turn out of my drive. We are looking basically north in this picture. There's about 3 miles of road to the next intersection (another T, another little county road). In this direction, there are more residences, but not many more due to the fact that most of my "neighbors" live on large acreages.



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The way into Pure Florida.

The mailbox is out of sight just to the left. I am standing on the county road looking west.

The cedar (don't even start with the "it's really a juniper" stuff, Nerds) to the left of the drive has a dbh of about 10 inches. It was our first Christmas tree here on the property back in 1988. I went out back, dug it up, potted it, and brought it into our tiny 42' singlewide trailer.
It was about 3 feet tall and as big around as your thumb at it's widest part. We set it on the little kitchen table and hung about three decorations on it. It looked alot like the little tree in the old Charlie Brown Christmas special.

It's not a tree I will ever cut down.



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14 comments:

Mrs. S said...

You live in a beautiful place, and the lack of people only serves to add to the beauty, in my opinion.

I especially love the tree story - and regret that the number of tree stories in my family is quickly diminishing with each generation. Don't let that happen to yours, okay?

robin andrea said...

I like the neighborhood. It's perfect.

threecollie said...

Nice, thanks for sharing and for directing us to the 2005 post. What a great story! My folks are trying to trace our roots back to some Scots who somehow ended up here in NY. My father discovered that he shares almost exact DNA with a couple of guys down Georgia way. Same last name, but we can't make a connection because no one knows how their families got where they are. Amazing stuff, being able to trace your family back to before Florida was American

kevin said...

I can say first hand that it's a nice place. I especially like the pond and the gun range.

BTW, did you know they've been killing the shrimp in the St. Johns. Guys I work with are limiting in less than an hour. It figures, I'm a 1000 miles away.

pablo said...

You should put a second mailbox out there on the upper part of that post and label it Air Mail. That's how we do things in the Ozarks.

Hal at Ranch Ramblins said...

Thanks for the tour of your great looking neighborhood, and thanks especially for the link to the "feet not touching the ground" story.

Floridacracker said...

Mrs. S,
Your little family is on the cusp of a whole new series of tree stories. Lucky Zoe!

Robin,
Thanks, I thought you'd approve.

ThreeCollie,
Lots and lots of Scots settled south Georgia during colonial time. One scot actually tried to make himself emperor of Florida.

Kevin,
I had not heard about the shrimp. Time to mobilize. Thanks!

Pablo,
I know the Ozark Region is the cultural center of the universe, but I can't bring myself to do the airmail thing.

Hal,
Thank you. I was going to link to a Stupid Things I Have Done post ... I think their are 3 of those, but I stumbled upon the Katie post ... I had forgotten about it.

Deb said...

pablo- the airmail thing rears its ugly head here in Minnesota too.

Great post FC- it's nice to see a bit of your real world.

Wayne said...

Man, them's straight roads. But I'm relieved to hear that Pure Florida may only be approached by a maze of turnings and is surrounded by hundreds of protective acres.

As for the juniper, I was going to say...

Floridacracker said...

Deb,
Thanks. The other version of "air mail" is a box set impossibly high labeled "BILLS". I avoid mailbox cuteness.

Wayne,
We don't need no stinkin' curves...
SEE DER.

roger said...

nice 'hood fc. you are out there. i love driveways like yours, leading off the road in a curve. tiny 42' trailer? my two youngest were born in a 24' trailer. literally in it, at home.

Floridacracker said...

roger,
it sure SEEMED tiny after the second baby (colicy Emma) came home.

Lightnin said...

FC-
Is it possible to be homesick for a place I've only visited a few times? If so, then that's what I'm suffering from right now! I would love to make another trek to pure Florida. Thunder and I always have such a great time with you and Patience. Say hi to all!

Floridacracker said...

Lightnin,
You have a standing invite kiddo...um, Dave can come too.

:)