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My Aunt and Uncle's place

Posted: Thu Feb 21, 2008 1:55 pm
by Nicki
I thought I would post pics of my Aunt and Uncle's place on here. They have 26 acres of land with a lake and a creek. We always have our family reunions (4th of July, Memorial Day, Labor Day, etc.) there. I had my graduation celebration there too. These aren't the best pictures...I took them a couple of years ago on my old camera :roll:

This is their driveway...it's REALLY long LOL.
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Here's their log house.
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And their log cabin for anyone who wants to camp out in it.
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The lake
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They actually have a gazebo on the island now, but I don't think I have a picture of it. I want to get married on their island!!!
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Creek
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And last but not least...the outhouse!!! :lol:
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Re: My Aunt and Uncle's place

Posted: Thu Feb 21, 2008 2:43 pm
by millipede
beautiful place. I wish I had that much land. My grandparents had 37 acres when I was a kid. I miss that place a lot.
Moving from my mom's 1/2 acre to my 5 acres was a nice change... but I still wouldn't mind a bit more.

Is that a watermelon in the creek?

Re: My Aunt and Uncle's place

Posted: Thu Feb 21, 2008 2:57 pm
by Nicki
Yep, it was the 4th of July so they were cooling the watermelon in the creek...it sure was cold!! When I was little we would dam up the water at the bottom of the rocks and slide down the rocks into our "pool". That was loads of fun! One year I almost got bit by a cottonmouth though...that was pretty scary (especially for my Mama LOL)

Re: My Aunt and Uncle's place

Posted: Thu Feb 21, 2008 3:20 pm
by millipede
Interesting. I guess it saves the electricity you'd use if it were in a refrigerator. :lol:

Yeah, watch out for snakes. Also make sure you don't misidentify them. There's several other snakes that are harmless that people will swear are cottonmouths. The average person just can't tell them apart, and a lot of harmless snakes die because of it.
Can you tell I like snakes? :lol:

That creek does look like a lot of fun though.

Re: My Aunt and Uncle's place

Posted: Thu Feb 21, 2008 4:33 pm
by C_B
I heard of that before nikki! They say back in the old days they would do that to preserve winter apples until spring... Really neat... That place is BEAUTIFUL! I want to live there! Haha...

Re: My Aunt and Uncle's place

Posted: Sat Feb 23, 2008 11:52 am
by Nicki
Yeah, we're old fashioned country folks LOL.

My aunt knows the difference between nonpoisonous water snakes and cottonmouths. It was very aggressive; he struck at me when I wasn't even bothering him...I must have been a yard away from it! :shock: Mama and my aunt killed the snake, but we try not to kill any snakes that aren't a threat.

Re: My Aunt and Uncle's place

Posted: Sat Feb 23, 2008 8:07 pm
by millipede
It was very aggressive; he struck at me when I wasn't even bothering him...I must have been a yard away from it!

actually, cottonmouths are usually quite calm. If you get near one it might get into a striking position and open its mouth, but they are not known for being aggressive.
Now, those harmless watersnakes... they can be VERY mean striking at everything... and they will bite repeatedly if you bother them enough.

anyway... that's interesting about the watermelon and stuff. The area I grew up in wasn't quite city, but FAR from country life.

Re: My Aunt and Uncle's place

Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 7:07 pm
by Nicki
Huh, really? Everything I've read about cottonmouths says that they're very aggresive....well, I don't know much about snakes, but my aunt does know the difference in cottonmouths and regular watersnakes

Re: My Aunt and Uncle's place

Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 7:34 pm
by millipede
I don't meant to imply that your aunt wouldn't know... but a lot of people are pretty sure of themselves even when they don't know. I've actually been in arguments with people over it. While looking at a snake in the water this guy wouldn't listen to me that it was just a watersnake. It takes some practice, and desire, to get to know the differences. But the average person just can't tell them apart. Around here anyway, most people just assume every snake is dangerous and want them dead. It saddens me greatly.
This Spring I'll get some nice pictures for comparison. I have some nice pictures of a juvenile cottonmouth, but I don't have any good ones of an adult.


Anyway... back to your family's place. :lol:
I miss my grandparents place a lot. It's kind of sad with all the relatives I have, my place is as country as it gets. :lol:
I really like your aunt and uncle's place.

Re: My Aunt and Uncle's place

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 11:15 am
by C_B
Ive tried studying snakes but every time i find a nonpoisonous snake i chicken out and it winds up crawling away... There was like a 4 foot chicken snake in a friends yard and when i got the courage to catch it it was already gone... I have alot of work to do... haha.


I love hearing old time stories of how elders were raised... I am still in awe of your aunts and uncles place...