Southern Man

Monday, January 03, 2011

The Land

A satellite view of a portion of The Land from May 2010. Points of interest, clockwise from upper left, are The Cove (a small portion of the much larger lake), the location of the firepit where many burgers and brats and steaks and s'mores have been grilled and roasted and washed down with copious quantities of beer, a small grove of redbud trees and proposed site of a not-yet-built gazebo, The Workshop (at this time the structure was nearly finished but it was not yet roofed or sided), a large depression that Southern Man has always had marked for a fish pond, The Titan (so Southern Man is probably somewhere in this picture), The Barn, The Explorer (where it has sat for two years with a bad transmission), a washout that will one day make a lovely Koi Pond, and the Grassy Knoll, which is Southern Man's favorite fishing spot (The Cove is shallow, but just off the Knoll there's a ten-foot dropoff).

That's most of the interesting terrain. To the northwest the spit of land with the firepit juts well out into the lake. North of that is the "Common Lot" with a boat ramp and picnic area shared by all landowners in the division; no one uses it and Southern Man's two five-acre lots border it on two sides so it's really part of his back yard. To the north is another depression that will be the northern part of the future fish pond; just east of that is a pretty solid hackberry treeline that grew up around an old fence. And to the east of that is five or so acres of flat land on which some day, God willing, Southern Man will build a proper Victorian farmhouse.


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