Farms, particularly Shenandoah Valley farms, have secrets tucked in corners and hidden away for the observant person to stumble upon and cherish. Those secrets could be trenches dug during the Civil War, knotted trees whose bark grew around Confederate slug balls, or a million other magical things.
By the way, the magical thing pictured above is an ice formation found in the stream which trips through B. and M.’s property. I thought it looked like lace and was delighted when B. pointed it out. If you are the kind of person who delights in things like that… well, we would be instantly the best of friends upon meeting. I would also like to confess to humming Foreigner’s “Cold as Ice” while taking this picture and ended up with it stuck in my head for the next hour. Welcome to my world.
Snug against a hill on the farm is an ancient stone kiln. Isn’t it incredible? Imagine the callused hands of some hard-working person setting each stone, the pottery which was fired there and later held by chubby fingered children or set upon a farmhouse kitchen table… amazing.
This tree is the largest and oldest on the property. Look at those sturdy branches for climbing! Take a moment to think about the events this tree has witnessed: record snow storms, marriage proposals, severe droughts, first kisses, war (of course), and the aftermath of war.
More reasons to love R. and M. (As if we needed more!!): they fully appreciate the secret treasures on their farm and there is evidence of that on their front porch.
What secret treasures have you found?