This tree is a very familiar sight to anyone living in Mathews who has to travel to Gloucester and points beyond, and let's face it.
We Mathewsonians all have to travel to Gloucester and points beyond at some point whether we want to or not.
Anyway this tree lives along Route 14 in Gloucester, in a field across the road from my fifth-grade English teacher's old farmhouse, which is now Holly Hill Antiques.
|These photos were taken under duress so the quality is lacking, but trust me.|
It's a beautiful tree.
I can't tell you how many times I've driven by this tree and wanted to pull over to snap some photos. However this particular stretch of road is like the Autobahn, and pulling over on the shoulder to take pictures is not exactly the safest thing to do.
(In the interest of safety, I will refrain from telling you how these were actually taken, but rest assured it isn't something you're going to read about in any safe driving manual.)
Next to this tree is an old silo that ordinarily sports a sign for the pumpkin farm in Mathews, run by Fighting Mermaid and her family.
As a side note, I worked there back in high school when it was a strawberry farm, and I loved it! But tending to strawberry fields in the heat and humidity of Mathews County is very hard work. Shortly afterwards I decided working at an amusement park might be fun, so I went to work at Busch Gardens. Which is a whole other story for a whole other day.
|The orange pumpkin sign gives directions to the farm.|
Alas, I've noticed the last couple of times I've driven by this silo that the pumpkin sign has fallen off. This made me think about who would be responsible for retrieving the sign and hanging it back up, and exactly how they'd go about doing so. That hanging spot is pretty high off the ground.
I also wondered if they'd bring a camera with them.
What a great opportunity to take pictures without having to worry about getting run over...
(*waving* Hi, Fighting Mermaid! Let me know if you need any help retrieving this sign. I'll bring the camera!)