That contraption in the far right corner emits heat when needed. Not this past week! But we gave the 3 ceiling fans a workout.
Only some 60 acres remain in May hands. I hope it will continue to so remain, for my father was born and raised on this property. In a way it is part of my home.
The northwest corner of the porch. Eventually, no doubt, that fallen pine tree will be removed, but my cousin and his wife have had too much to deal with this past year to worry about a fallen tree.
We Southerners do like our screened-in porches, and this is one of the most comfortable ones I know. It is especially pleasant upon an evening when my cousin has me down and opens up one of his fine Irish whiskies.
The visitors did dine out a couple of times, once at Roebuck Landing (I missed that one: I was mowing and otherwise engaged, but my sister and I did have lunch there Saturday after the cousins had left) and once at Pie Lab. But mostly they just stayed on the farm.
Martin's Store is still carrying its load of Virginia creeper. I think it is even more lush than in the last shots I posted.
That old wooden store used to be Mr. M. T. Martin's main store, facing the main road at the time and the railroad and depot just beyond the road. The brick store was built to face the new road to the south.
J. R. and Cousin Susie's house was just to the east of this opening. Just to the west was the Callahan house, to whom I am kin via the Hollis line that married into the Callahan line.
I love this ancient pecan, and that's why I featured it instead of the house.
This area has now become the meeting place for some of the younger males of Sawyerville. That's why the picnic table.
We're back in front of Martin's Store looking slightly to the southeast to my house and yard and the trees down in the woods. I've still got some blooms on the magnolia tree which you may be able to make out if you enlarge the photo with a click.
Down the hill from the east of the house the Black-Eyed Susans are just starting to bloom. I've just now looked out the window to check, and even more are blooming. It will not surprise you to know that they are relatives of the sunflower. I think those tall green plants to the left are goldenrod, which will bloom in the late summer and early fall. I'm hoping during this year to get even more of the later-blooming yellow flowers, mostly in the coreopsis family, started in this wildflower patch. I'll have to mark some plants on the side of the road and retrieve some seed.
You will note the shoes of the photographer at the bottom of the picture. I would have tried to crop them out, but on my ancient Adobe Photoshop the cropping tool seems to have died.
More Black-Eyed Susans, just because I like them so much. The honeysuckle on the east fence is no longer in bloom, and one of these days I must tackle those vines!
I must say, I do think they are pretty!
Down the fence toward the garage is my stand of four-o'clocks. (It's just possible that they may be crowding out the day lilies! I just thought of that!) Of course these are not in bloom yet, but in a few weeks they will be.
The woods are still lush, and I'm pleased that the grass in my yard is making an effort finally. Maybe it will recover from past droughts and the cold winter after all.
This is the tallest of my tulip poplars down in the woods. I love the yellow-green blooms, but I rarely get to see them now since I had to have the big one in the yard to the east of my house taken down.
I've always loved a sky with blues and whites and grays all mixed up together.
I'll shut up now and leave you with one more shot of sky: