Saturday, May 23, 2009

Part 4n - House & Land



The Praries & Deer Bluff

Daddy once owned 40 acres in the "prairies," about a mile north of the gravel pit. He used that for pasturing cows during summer months. He, also, cut the timber off it a couple of times. (More on cows later.)

Just southeast of that "40", there is a rock cliff that runs as high as about 20 to 30 feet. It is known as "Deer Bluff." There are a number of small holes into the coral rock and limestone walls that several type varmints use for a den. I've known of wild cats, buzzards, squirrels, etc. being in those holes. Also, the only coral snake, the most poisonous snake in Alabama that I ever saw, I killed at the bluff.

There are initials, names and dates carved into the soft, limerock parts of the bluff that date back into the 1800's. Of course, mine are there, too. (Mother had a saying; "Fools' names, like fools' faces, always seen in public places!") I don't know that the bluff is so public, but there are lots of names there!

It has been a long time since I've been to the bluff. I just may go there on some winter day, when the rattlers are all asleep, and reminisce some.

There is another bluff that is smaller, a short ways South of Deer Bluff. Its called "Cat Bluff." It doesn't have the names, etc. like Deer Bluff has.

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