The lawns are large and beautiful. Recently, a wild grape vine was gradually overtaking an old pear tree in the backyard. Greg and his friend, Larry, who lives over on the next farm, pulled that vine from the tree and filled the bed of the truck. An abundance of wildlife lives there including deer, foxes, raccoons, and wild turkeys. Here you can strain your eyes and see the turkeys in the field beside the house, a picture that I took from the dining room window.
You leave the house and lawn, which are on the northeastern corner of the property and proceed past old original structures such as the chicken houses, corn crib, pack house, and Bill’s log cabin to the road to the fields. This road has tobacco curing barns to the side and cuts through the woodlot. This woodlot had the large timber cut about 20 years ago and planted with pines for wood production. When you arrive at the fields on the highest point on the property, you may see soybeans or tobacco growing. A neighbor farmer now tills the fields and takes care of the land. Some years, you may see corn or wheat growing as he rotates the crops, but this is still primarily a working tobacco farm.
Most of the pictures you have seen thus far have been taken in the summer time. Winter does come to the farm and a warm fire in the fireplace insert in the living room seen above help to make those days cozy. Snows occur during some winters, up to about 5 inches rarely, and ice storms are seen in other winters as seen here.
Whether it is a weekend here or a week there any time of year, Lady Slipper Cove is the place I retreat to. In the summer, I may be seen rocking on the front porch and reading a book. In the winter, I’ll be near the fire. But this always feels like home. I grew up in nearby Durham, 25 miles to the south, and almost every weekend and every summer was spent at this farm. My grandmother, Aunt Alma, and Uncle Bill gave me an appreciation for the country life. Today, I live three hours to the south in Wilmington, NC on the coast, but every chance I get, I retreat to the cove.