If you’ve visited the Toledo Bend Cabin you might have noticed the huge fig tree below the deck on the side of the cabin facing the lake. We love this tree not just because it’s a big and healthy, but it is the longest standing item on our property as I’m about to outline in this post. Check out this picture of when we first bought the property. It had a yellow trailer on it, and you can see the fig tree in front of the trailer:

What my property used to look like when the trailer was there.

What my property used to look like when the trailer was there.

Shortly after we bought the property we got rid of the trailer that was on it. We brought in a boring truck to begin testing the soil to build a big log cabin on the property. Shown here is the boring truck, and if you look to the left side of the picture you can see our fig tree.

Soil boring truck taking soil samples from 0 to 35 feet deep.

Soil boring truck taking soil samples from 0 to 35 feet deep.

During the late summer at the end of July and August the tree puts off some of the biggest, juiciest purple figs you’ve ever seen. My wife and I talked about how we need to make sure that fig tree always stays on the property. It’s a jewel.

The juciest purple figs at the Toled Bend Cabin

The juciest purple figs at the Toled Bend Cabin

In late winter 2018 we had a catastrophic landslide on our property. We lost a lot of soil to the lake, we lost our seawall, and we lost a big oak tree that we had down near the seawall. We had to rebuild the seawall and the landscape. Show in here is a picture of the seawall and landscape being rebuilt, and the fig tree in the foreground, still standing.

Rebuiding the seawall and landscape

Rebuiding the seawall and landscape. Fig tree still standing.

During the construction of the foundation for the Toledo Bend Cabin the tree can be seen here, still standing.

Building the foundation for the Toledo Bend Cabin.

Building the foundation for the Toledo Bend Cabin. Fig tree still standing.

We even lost all of our grass, but the fig tree stands.

The soil uphill of the seawall is dressed and ready for grass.

The soil uphill of the seawall is dressed and ready for grass. We lost all our grass, but the fig tree still stands.

After all this time we got to thinking. The fig tree at the base of the entertainment deck on this cabin is the oldest standing thing on the entire property. The trailer is gone, the seawall was lost, the soil was lost, the oak tree was lost. Even the grass was lost. I think we need a fig in our logo eventually. The picture below is a first draft of this thought. It’s by no means something to consider as a logo, but it encompasses the thoughts earlier in this article.

Toledo Bend Cabin with fig background

Toledo Bend Cabin with fig background

In late summer our we have some of the biggest, juiciest figs. If you find ripe purple figs on the tree when you are there please help yourself to them! Please leave the unripened green figs for the guests after you.

Here is a fig recipe you may like. It’s called “Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Figs”.

Bacon-Wrapped Figs Recipe

Bacon-Wrapped Figs Recipe, courtesy of “The Food Network“.

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