The road to Witches Hollow
       
     
farmhouse
       
     
sunset in the holler
       
     
Perennial flower Garden
       
     
front porch
       
     
Miss Amy's Bottle tree
       
     
mrs. miller's Irises
       
     
sideyard
       
     
the barn
       
     
the barn
       
     
swollen creek
       
     
roadside waterfalls after a hard rain
       
     
fledgling red tail hawk
       
     
4.5 foot timber rattler
       
     
Grotto altar
       
     
stone cairn
       
     
flowers on the cairn
       
     
The road to Witches Hollow
       
     
The road to Witches Hollow

Witches Hollow was a 62 acre farm in middle Tennessee that I lived on for 2 years with my dog Amy.  I grew my own food, renovated the c. 1885 farmhouse, raised chickens, restored pre-civil war era limestone walls around the property. I miss this magical place very much, but it was too isolated for me, and i ultimately returned to the city life.

farmhouse
       
     
farmhouse

I dug these stones out of the creek that runs in front of the farmhouse to build a flowerbed for a perennial flower garden

sunset in the holler
       
     
sunset in the holler
Perennial flower Garden
       
     
Perennial flower Garden
front porch
       
     
front porch
Miss Amy's Bottle tree
       
     
Miss Amy's Bottle tree
mrs. miller's Irises
       
     
mrs. miller's Irises
sideyard
       
     
sideyard

Firepit and the 'brave little toaster" Vanagon

the barn
       
     
the barn

1930's tobacco barn with 6 mule stalls, and a milking station for the family cows. 

the barn
       
     
the barn
swollen creek
       
     
swollen creek

Behind the barn, the road in and out would be awash with waterfalls and streams for days after a good rain

roadside waterfalls after a hard rain
       
     
roadside waterfalls after a hard rain
fledgling red tail hawk
       
     
fledgling red tail hawk

Oliver and I were hiking in the woods near his house (down the road from Witches Hollow) when we came upon a baby hawk that had been pushed from the nest. it seem stunned, and unafraid of us. we visited with it for a while, debated trying to rehabilitate it, but ultimately decided to let nature take her course.

4.5 foot timber rattler
       
     
4.5 foot timber rattler

this beauty was basking in the sunshine in the road when i came upon it returning from town. it was far enough away from the house and barn to not pester with it, but i did stop the car and take a few photos and have a conversation with it... 

Grotto altar
       
     
Grotto altar

This grotto was carved out by rainfall over the last couple of thousand years.... middle Tennessee used to be the floor of a large sea stretching from the Appalachias to the Ozarks a few million years ago... its not hard to find fossilized sea shells, coral and crinoids all over the place. I felt the sacredness of this space the first time i encountered it. this space was one of the largest draws to this particular piece of land for me.

stone cairn
       
     
stone cairn

i stacked this cairn as a marker to this place.. i wanted anyone that should come across it after i left to know that it was sacred and important to me... i would place fruits and vegetables from my garden as offerings here

flowers on the cairn
       
     
flowers on the cairn