And then I cut out a driveway and discovered some grapevines and clay

Much work has been done on the property, not that you would notice just by looking at it. No new structures or significant undertakings, but much has been completed. Using just a lawnmower, machete and saw we cleared the driveway. That doesn’t sound like much I know, but this isn’t your average driveway. It’s not some 20 foot long slab of concrete; it’s over a thousand yards long. It several thousand feet of uneven ground, unruly bushes and downed trees. The thorn bushes are thick along this patch and the previous storms knocked over five trees in total that had to be removed.

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The first picture is from the house looking down the driveway to the street. The middle picture is a few dozens yards away from the main road. And the last picture is from that same spot looking back towards the house. If you look really closely you can see the white top of the cool that’s at the edge of the house. Told ya, it’s a big driveway.

We have also discovered the property has Muscadine grape vines. I spent several hours dislodging a tree trunk from one of the massive vine clusters. The rotten tree trunk snapped in one of the storms and not only was it blocking the road it was pulling the grape vine in all sorts of directions. I’ve come across one cluster of three vines and I know there are a couple more out there. It’s far too late in the year to get any real sense of which grapes these are, but they are certainly grape vines. By the look of the vine "trunk" it’s been out there awhile. Unfortunately, it’s becomes a pretty gnarled web of vines and shoots. Some of the vines are well over and inch thick and the whole mass is probably 40-50 feet long if it were to untangle. I plan to trim the vines as well as try to propagate a few of them. There is the remote chance we could actually turn them into wine, but if not, it will still be wickedly fun to have grape vines and the birds and the deer will have something to eat. Either way, just getting the vines under control is going to be a major undertaking, some of them are running up another tree a good 20-25 up in the air.

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The first picture is one of the three vines I know about climbing up the tree. The third picture is a view of the vines themselves. Some are massively thick, while others are relatively small, but they’re a tangled mess either way. The picture with all the pine straw (second to last) is the start of the vines. It looks like a root. The final picture is of the mass of vines itself. I need to try an untangle this mess and get the vines on a trellis. I think there’s about 40 feet worth of vines in there.

As for the clay, we seem to have real, honest to goodness clay. And not just that crap soil we normally get here in the South, but real clay you can make pottery with. It’s about a foot and a half down in the area I was digging. It looks like if we added a bunch of water and strained out the debris we’d have something to work with. I think I’ll save some of it and try to make a pitcher or urn just to say I did it. We have a fire pit so I can certainly bake it. A friend of mine is quite crafty and works with clay on a regular basis, I’m going to have him check it out and see if it’s worth anything. If it is, stay tuned for a piece of pottery that will put all my previous 3rd grade art projects to shame.

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