Thought I would show you what I talked about in my previous posts...The back of our property is wooded with a railroad track in the middle. The track is owned and well maintained by Commonwealth Edison and is used maybe twice a year to move things back and forth to the Byron Nuclear Plant. Beyond that track is more woods and then the highway. Just on the other side of the highway is a huge corn field. and then the Rock River. Normally, we can't see much of the river from out house. Remember that our lot is almost an acre with the house being the first thing on the lot and then the huge lawn beyond that... in the back. Where you see water in this picture is actually a corn field. The Rock has flooded all the way to the highway on all sides. That is why I teased that we now have lake front property.
In the spring, the back trees leaf out and it is really pretty back there. I have maintained our portion of these woods for several years...I've had to cut down these last couple of years, because "ole rocking chair's got me" :). I have planted many little flowering trees and wild flowers. There are statues, bird houses and feeders, and a bench for us to sit on to enjoy the wildlife that comes here. It's a long walk from the house, so nowadays I don't walk back too many times a day.I wish that I had taken pictures when I moved here. It was full of barbed wire, fence posts, and some garbage. I went to work and cleared the trash out and made it what it is today.Soon, wildflowers will be back and birds will nest, the lake will be gone and the farmer will plant....and I will be happy.