Friday, December 10, 2010

Went up to the Stewart Farm yesterday.  I got to feed the calves, do some landscape work and see Abby and Mattie.  Grandmother helped Abby get ready for the Blount County Young Farmers Christmas Party that was at Abby and Jay's house last night.  We had fun visiting but we were tired when we got back home.  KK and Pawpaw Billly went with us. 

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Helping PawPaw

Pawpaw is telling his story.  He called me at work to go to his house and get his 4Wheeler and come to where he was hunting.  That was all he said but he didn't have to say more.  Lisa went with me and as we left from getting the 4Wheeler we saw my Granddaddy "BigDaddy" sitting out in the sun at his house so I stopped and asked him to go with us.  When we got there I went and helped him get the deer and we loaded it up and he road out.  It was a nice one that the rack nearly touched at the top.  It had been working the trees.  (More pictures under Hunting Tab) 
Made pictures here today of my granddad and last Saturday made pictures of my grandson in this same spot.  Now is that not a BLESSING!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Christmas Tree 2010

We went into Dewberry Lands to find a Christmas Tree.  James and Selah had a great time looking for "The Great Christmas Tree" for Grandmother and Granddaddy.  James assisted with the cutting of the tree.  There are more pictures under the FAMILY TAB.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

James looking for deer out of shooting house.

James with his hunting hat after we left shooting house in the background.

James and Nathan climbing up a steep bluff in the woods.

We caught a squirrel yesterday in our trap and today we had a racoon before we left to go hunting.  We ate breakfast at PawPaw's with Russell and PawPaw then went to the woods where we got in a shooting house(Spaceship) to hunt.  We then walked to cabin and back.  When Nathan came to jeep we then walked to deep hole where mining was done.  We then returned home and skinned the racoon for a coon skin cap.  James also caught two lizards out in the warm sun.  James had a big day.  No deer because it was just too hot outside.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

James, Selah and I put a trap out Monday night and we caught a racoon.  It was James and Selah's first encounter with a racoon.  James was amazed at how mean it was.  He learned it was a wild animal and was amazed at how it would bit a stick when it was put in the trap.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Felicia and I were in Montgomery today for a State Tree Farm Committee meeting.  We were working on budgets and got to see a video of the State Tree Farm winner, at Enon Plantation.  Good to see all committee members and others at the Alabama Forestry Association office.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Great to have Nathan home!

It was good to have the little Berries on Dewberry Lands along with their dad.  He and I went through the property this weekend and he made some pictures.  Selah and James helped me cut some firewood one day and James helped me load it.  They had fun jumping and laying in the pine straw we raked. Selah was relaxing and James was slipping up on her.  GOD thank you for your blessings!

Monday, November 1, 2010

On Saturday, the 30th of October, I decided to forget about housecleaning and enjoy some time in the forest with Lamar. I always enjoy our time spent in the woods, and Saturday was no exception. Everytime I get to be on our property it makes me so appreciative of God's blessings. Lamar has always told me that going hunting or being in the woods has always made him feel close to God. I understand that feeling because that is how I feel, too, when I let myself forget about my "to-do" list and just be quiet and meditate on the greatness of our amazing God! Psalm 136: 1-9 describes our God and I am so thankful He loves everyone with such an incredible and enduring love!

Mattie's First Trip to Dewberry Lands

Abby and Mattie at Grandmother's Park.

We love looking at the different colored leaves in the water. (Mattie would like to play in the water.)

She was so excited about her first trip to the Bowden Grove Tract.
She will have other time to play in the woods and when she gets a little older she can hike, hunt, play in the water, camp with Selah and James, and learn about plants and animals.  GOD IS SO GOOD!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Matt, nephew-in-law, got a nice 11 pointer last weekend with his bow.  He is off to a good start.  Everyone else is behind.

Friday, October 22, 2010

This week started early and has been busy.  Monday started at 4:00am getting tax info together about taxes and was at tax office when it opened, but before going I was able to sit and watch the sun rise over Randolph County with the steam coming up off of Lake Wedowee.  I needed that!!!  Left the tax office and drove to Valdosta, GA for the Southeastern Farmer of the Year Banquet.  Spent the night and started early Tuesday morning for Moultrie, GA for the Ag Expo and the Southeastern Farmer of the Year Luncheon and Awards Program.  We saw many toys that I would like to have,... maybe someday.  From here we traveled to Montgomery, AL and spent the night.  The next day I met at the ALFA Office with other Farm leaders to set the policy for the Alabama Farmers Federation for the next year.  Thank goodness Wednesday night we were at home!  Abby and Mattie came Thursday and stayed til Friday afternoon.  Mattie got her first tour of the Bowden Grove property, she loved it!  We rode in the jeep with the top off and she was so happy.  I don't think I have ever noticed a little one loving the forest as much as she does.  She fell asleep before we left.  GOD is good!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Quail Plantation

Yesterday Felicia and I visited a newly designed quail plantation in Coosa County.  It was something to see!  It is being managed for family and friends on 1700 acres.  The trees are on a basal area of 45 or less, and stumps have been or are now being removed.  Features included a dogtrot house moved on the property for a place to have lunch while hunting, a railroad car 85' long across a creek for a bridge and a restored log cabin (family connections) for an extra place to stay.  They have box traps with radio sensors to let you know when a trap has been tripped so you don't have to check them all, only the ones with predators.  After touring the plantation we were invited to visit their home.

The house(s) where they live needs to be featured in Southern Living Magazine.  They have three houses that all blend together in the trees on a small lake with features like the pool, firepit area, automatic fish feeder and a raised garden area.  They have been married over 59 years!  They have three sons, one played for the Dallas Cowboys.  The sons live in Dallas now where one is a builder, one a landscape architect, and one an artist.

The visitors yesterday were all connected to the Alabama Farmers Federation. 

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

We are trying out this Blog thing about happenings on Dewberry Lands and other going ons with the Dewberry Family.  Hope you enjoy!!!