north florida - rocky hammock*

By: marsHen , 11:42 AM GMT on March 10, 2012

05:50, 63F, overcast. got up to see the moon but it was obscured. a chill to the air. rooster up. took a pill, ate some yogurt, and took the old dog out to pee. wrote a poem. songbirds tuning up. dogs barking. a typical early morning.. wolf light. think I'll go back to bed just for a little while ...
09:50, 71F, stiff breeze from the east, partly cloudy, partly sunny. discovered a fresh rabbit's foot and cottontail in the lane during the dog walk. it was down-wind of the dogs so they were unaware of it. I tucked it under a palmetto fan. guess an owl?, fox?, coyote?, ? got it.. thinking either an owl or fox. the guardian would have been aware of the other possibilities - I hope. but she was down by the sheep barn ...
the cherokee roses are lovely. I wish they bloomed more than once a year, but will appreciate them while they last. heading down to the barn to give out some hay.
took a walk around the entire farm and found an inner fence with two holes that needs fixing, and a tree down on the back corner of the yard fence, plus a dead persimmon had fallen on the SW corner of the boundary fence. luckily the fence isn't flat on the ground but the tree was too heavy for me to pull it off. I enjoy walking around the farm but always find things that need fixing. also found a new gopher tortoise burrow in the sheep pasture, and an old one that had a large snake track going into it. hope it's an indigo and not that big diamond-back that plagued us last summer.
19:40, 66F, windy, clear. got 2 eggs. lettice's leg seems a bit better. she was walking around on it this evening. did not give the sheep hay since they had not eaten their hay from this morning.
mars like a flame in the eastern sky. jupiter and venus startling in the west. every night they get closer to each other. their conjunction occurs on the 13th.
already sprung the clocks ahead.

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11:55 AM GMT on March 10, 2012
* rocky hammock is not incorporated but was a turpentine town in the early 1900's. it had a one room school house that was torn down when school buses started running out here to take the kids to the school in the big cow town. the wood from the school house was used to add on to my old house, which was the big house of a thousand acre farm that raised hogs, brahma bulls, sugar-cane, etc. the cane was boiled into molasses, which was distilled into moon-shine to sell to the turpentine camps. there are two spots on the farm that retain circular indentations where the mules rotated around the press to squeeze the cane stalks into juice for the molasses. the workshop has a furnace for the boiling down and the two kettles are outside, cracked and turned over.
when the botanist visited to take ailing cabbage palm samples, we were digging for the roots and being stymied by rocks and she looked up at me and said, "well, now I know why this area is called rocky hammock. how do you grow stuff here?"
"in pockets," was my reply.. and I looked around at all the oaks, some of them with roots humping above the ground, and cabbage palms. plants find a way.
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marine biologist around the Suwannee River delta. Raise Cracker sheep on an old Cracker farm ~ 12 mi. (as the crow flies) from the Gulf.