Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The Opossum Tree...

We have about 30 trees.

( If I counted correctly?)

The mature trees and the large yard helped us in making the decision to tackle the task of almost re-building the bungalow.

We have one tree, in the back, back yard that we knew had passed. He was a large tree that had seen his share of local history. The ends of his long branches had been shed long ago and the kudzu and privet grew around him.


Last fall we, Puppy, found this tree had residents, Opossums. A pair of red-eyed grey creatures called the dead tree home. Every evening after dark, we would walk down to the tree to look at the pair of opossums. Their eyes glowed in the the reflection of the flash light. They would become perfectly still.... playing 'possum.

Thus the dead tree became known as The Opossum Tree.
We don't think too much about names around here. Ya know, our dog's name is Puppy.

So fast forward 6 months...

We are doing the best to clean up the back yard, and the back, back yard. Picking up limbs, brush and various yard debris. Maybe in hopes of having a gathering of sorts, sometime before the weather becomes too warm.

I notice something under the Opossum Tree. I think it is a rock. A couple of days later, after the rain, I notice that it looks more like concrete. Odd, I think. A couple more days pass, and I remember to bring the broom down to the back, back yard. I brush away the leaf cover and uncover something very, very odd.



See, we are inching away at the kudzu jungle. Before you could not get with in 10 feet of this tree. But also look in the back... The kudzu is awake from its winter nap.



At first I think that it is another sidewalk. But when I dug around the other side of the tree all I found was earth. The pitch fork only hits dirt, not the clank of a rock or of concrete.

The slab is about 40 " wide, the center "aisle" is about 14" across. At about 28" inches deep, the tree begins to grow over the slab. I can't find any evidence of the slab on the other side of the tree.

Odd? A well? Maybe? I know our house is not on any of the Sanborn Fire maps or the old city directories.


Your thoughts?

Chris did warn me not to go plundering around there if he is not at home.

"If it is a well, you'll be sure to fall in." he said.

I agreed, I am a klutz.

The Opossum Tree is going to stay there for a while longer. It would be sad to have homeless opossums. So for now we still have 30 trees. But one day soon the 'possums will have to move. Their home is not going to stay there for long. A spring storm will probably toss The Opossum Tree to the ground.

15 comments:

Marilyn said...

Jenni, I love reading your blog because you use the word "kudzu" as many times as possible, and I will never, ever be able to work that into mine. Unless I cook some.

Anonymous said...

It could be an old septic tank.
Be careful. A well or a septic tank would not be a good thing in which to take a fall.

modernemama said...

outhouse?

Jenni said...

As many times as I read a post, I find mistakes just as soon as I press publish. The Kudzu is awake not away from the winter nap. shesh.....

Marilyn, I'll be happy to send you some. Really I wish I had a good pic of just how much of the yard was covered in the stuff. I do use the word a lot. Such a bad vine has a neat name.

Outhouse-Maybe? I guess it depends on what was on the property before our house.

Sandy said...

Loved the post! Definitely be careful...

nkjvcjs said...

Thanks for the comment on my window.

Wow! 30 trees. That is so wonderful, even with the evil kudzu.

I love living in the city, but how I would love to have some green space to play in.

Jenni said...

Modernemama you always find the best links....I just don't think I could collect outhouses.... yeeeekkk???

Anonymous said...

Papa Joe said it might be a grave.

Jenni said...

Oooouuuu.... a grave.......

Jennifer said...

It's definitely covering something up... but WHAT?

modernemama said...

well it's too old to be where Jimmy Hoffa is buried, no?

natalie said...

oh, what a good post + mystery!! i am intrigued! the first thing i thought of was a burial marker..haha!! i know you said your house was on 2 lots, right? what was the back part used for? another house? an out house? a wash house or kitchen? i'm just trying to think of possible conclusions for a cement slab next to a tree. hmmmm...you'll have to keep us updated!

Green Fairy said...

Very cool--I love a good mystery. Keep us posted.

Jenni said...

I think I am gonna call it Jimmy Hoffa's grave regardless of what it really is....

I will keep you posted. I guess when the tree eventually falls, We may actually figure it out.

Don't worry, it will not fall on anything other than the ground. (Or our heads if we are close. )

Hooked on Houses said...

I'm so curious! What could it be?

Thanks for stopping by my blog today and leaving a comment so I could find yours. I love stuff like this! -Julia :-)