Longleaf Stories

full circle in the hundred acre wood

A big part of the joy of keeping this journal in the past was immersing myself in the woods all by myself at least once at month to poke around and check out the state of the woods. It’s not a deep dive off-trail, more of a safe meander along the fire lines and taking …

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Buck and I bundled up for a woods walk yesterday. Brilliant sunshine, paper cut wind, and temperatures right at freezing in the mid-afternoon. When we lived in the Smoky Mountains near Asheville for a few years, I loved putting on a turtleneck, jeans, two pairs of socks, hiking boots, and a heavy hoodie to go hike …

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Longleaf in January, an aging beauty queen without her make-up, mercilessly photographed in harsh light. And yet, there is grace here, unadorned without the vining flowers of summer, spare and honest. Taking a back seat to the rutting deer; providing them shelter and sustenance in this chill, sleepy season. Longleaf is the ground of our …

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January is the month of earnest beginnings.  The second week of February arrives before we glimmer the futility of arbitrary lines in the sand. It is an interior month. January was wet and chilly here. Thirty-five degrees, high humidity and stolid, gray skies drove me indoors to make tea, roast vegetables, pot roast, baked red snapper and …

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