Along a rural stretch of old highway, down a maple lined drive on a fabulous lake is a farm called 'A Summer Place Farm'. It is the only farm on the entire lake. It is owned by an equally rare and wonderful woman, Florence, or Grama Lee as my kiddos so fondly call her. She is 79 years old, feisty, funny, and lives on the farm alone with her John Deere Tractor and her cat. She has buried two husbands, raised two kids, has been an entrepreneur, a foster mom, and a mentor. Living on grit and gumption she is what I want to be when I grow up!
She has owned this piece of heaven for the last 40 years and just recently moved there full time, before it was their family's summer home...thus the name.
The first time I visited I was wowed by the great lake view but was completely overcome with 'tree envy'. Behind the old farmhouse is an enormous black walnut tree, it is well over 100 years old. My pictures in no way can convey the immense size and the character of this marvelous old tree.
With age come character...remind yourself of that next time you look in the mirror!
The ferns love the tree too!
One of the many old birdhouse living in the tree.
Baby Boy hanging out in the tree.
Old meathouse under the tree.
Yes I do love this tree, old houses are wonderful, old cars are cool, but there is something magical about a living entity that has survived and indeed thrived over a century of storms, droughts, and humans. Truly a rare treasure from nature!
Tomorrow come see some of the other hidden treasures on the farm...