Why Four Deer Oak

When we first moved to our current home, we noticed that, in a rather snooty nearby neighborhood, all of the houses had names — GreyFrost, Far Look, Pleasant View, RichMan’s Cove. (Ok, I made that last one up.) We jokingly thought about naming our house. Old Oak was what we seemed to settle on. But like naming a dog or a cat, sometimes you get it wrong and it is only after some time has passed and you’ve come to a place where you know your pet, do you realize that you no longer call him by the given name.

So it was with our house. There were times that I wanted to call it Splintery Oak Floorboards, or Creaky Pipes, or Spiderville Hill. I’m not sure that its true identity has revealed itself to us, but one thing is for sure: Old Oak is the tree that stands at the top of the knoll behind our house, but it is not the house. The house and the property is a mere pretender to the name that belongs solely to the majestic oak that holds up the ravine with its root system.

Over the years, my days have been made happier when I spy wildlife out in the back. Foxes, raccoons, opossums, hawks, a coyote or two, deer have all meandered through the woods on a regular basis. The foxes are sneaky and rarely seen. The raccoons, opossums and squirrels steal food intended for the birds and are shooed away only long enough for the feeders to stop swaying on their hooks. The robins and grackles sound alerts when the hawk alights in a tree; solitary, the hawk never stays long before growing tired of the racket. The coyotes are fleeting and I’m never disappointed to see them leave. The deers are the only ones that linger, that seem to be at home on the hill by Old Oak.

And yes, there are frequently four. And sometimes at 4 o’clock.

31 responses to “Why Four Deer Oak

  1. ciao! luvFAB blog.

  2. hey anne…i really like your blog and your pics are lovely…i am following you and looking forward to more inspiration…cheers

  3. Sounds like a lovely place you live in. 🙂

  4. Sounds like an idyllic spot for writing (and doing many other things).

    I just noticed you are following my blog – “A Way With Words”. I am grateful you have been drawn into my corner of the blogosphere. I hope you will find there writings to inspire, educate, illuminate, even consecrate. But, if not, that you’ll simply enjoy dropping by for a visit.

    I will be following your blog as well. Perhaps we can encourage each other on the journey.

    Thanks again,
    Tony “indytony” Roberts

  5. We’ve nominated your blog for an award (or two, or three…), if you accept them. If not, just consider it a token of our esteem! 😉 See our post at http://windagainstcurrent.com/2013/01/13/award-appreciation-we-thank-our-readers-for/

  6. Thank you for following me!

  7. You have some wonderful images posted here! Great captures! Thank you for stopping by my corner of the web and following my blog, I hope you continue to enjoy my photos. Thanks for sharing your work!

  8. hi,
    I have nominated you for ‘one lovely blog’ award. click here to see your nomination:
    have a wonderful day !

  9. Enjoyed reading your story on naming your house… and very fitting too. Glad the deer found the oak tree.

  10. Hi there! This is just to let you know that because I regularly enjoy your posts, I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. I hope you’ll consider this good news – but even if you aren’t interested in accepting, I hope you may see some increased traffic as a result! The acceptance rules are at: http://theretiringsort.com/2012/06/14/in-accordance-with-award-rules-the-nominees-are/
    All the best!

    • Thank you Retiring Sort. It’s always an honor — and a bit humbling — to have someone recognize your work. Even just knowing that people read & respond to a post and then continue to check out new postings is a thrill, an awesome recognition from others who hang out in the blogosphere.

  11. Greetings,

    I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Congratulations. Either of these URLs will take you to the rules for claiming it. http://versatilebloggeraward.wordpress.com/about/ http://songsofseasons.wordpress.com/2012/04/04/new-post-the-versatile-blogger-award/


  12. What a beautiful place you have created – real and ‘virtual’ – full of inspiration and grace.

  13. We also have deer all around us. It’s nice to enjoy wildlife so close to home. Thanks so much for the follow! I really appreciate it. I will peruse your blog some more!

  14. You have been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award.
    Thank you for your wonderful site.

  15. Hi Anne,
    I’ve nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award. Should you decide to accept (as they say in the Mission Impossible), the rules are stated on my blog. You’re not pressured to follow thru…just my way of letting you know how much I like your blog!


    • I’m honored, Jeannie. I’ve been nominated for this award 3 times now, but have yet to respond. I have mixed feelings about these awards, yet am always pleased when someone thinks highly enough of my blog to single me out for such an award.

  16. Hi Anne.

    I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award (see this link for details:


    The “terms” of receipt are included in that post. I know that some folks see this sort of thing as a nuisance rather than an honor and, while I don’t feel that way I can understand why others might, so if you’d prefer not to deal with it, as far as I’m concerned, simply disregard the whole thing.



    • Thanks, Kerry. I appreciate the nice words you wrote about my blog. I have mixed feelings about things like this, yet am still honored that you choose my blog out of all the ones you could have chosen.

      • Understood, Anne. These awards aren’t entirely untarnished in the minds of most; it’s fairly clear that some folks are essentially passing them around gratuitously. I recall someone describing these blogger awards as “somewhat chain-letterish” and there’s undoubtedly some truth to that. I think there’s something here worth preserving, however. But I could be wrong; it certainly wouldn’t be the first time.

        Regardless, what–if anything–you choose to do with it is entirely up to you, of course.

  17. I’m so glad I found you through the wonderful “Portraits of Wildflowers” site. We named our home, too (Full Moon Cottage), and I love your Shakespeare Bucket List. (Have you ever been to the American Players’ Theater in Spring Green, WI? I’m completely prejudiced, but I truly believe it’s by far the best Shakespeare in the country!) Looking forward to receiving your blog entries. Yay!

    • Thanks, Catherine. I like the name “Full Moon Cottage”. I haven’t heard of the American Players’ Theatre in Spring Green, but I’ll have to check it out. We aren’t all that far from Wisconsin….

  18. Your place sounds idyllic. And… love your Header Picture. We have deer in our neck of the woods too, but I’m sure you have better weather, esp. in winter.

    • Hi Arti. Thanks for stopping by. It is likely better weather here than Canada, but we do have some brutal winter weather — enough that I dream of spending the cold months someplace tropical. Usually, however, I only get away for a week or so during the winter — and the cold, ice, and snow always seems to await my return!

  19. Crackles are Crappy Ass Grackles. Unlike me, they’re true Hoosiers and can’t spell a lick.

  20. Nicely written! And it sounds like a wonderful place to be living.
    Not to tease, but can you say more about those crackles? A regional bird?

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