Friday, July 29, 2016

Ohio Caverns


In the midst of Ohio's vast farmland...



is a quiet little gem to be discovered.



My husband took the day off from work so we headed north toward West Liberty Ohio to see Ohio Caverns.




Ohio Caverns, discovered in 1897, is an historic place to visit.  The above sign gives a brief history.


The caverns tunnels twist and turn underneath the ground at different depths and most of the pathways are pretty narrow.



There were really cool stalactites, stalagmites and columnar formations. 

The walls are made of limestone.




It was difficult to photograph in an area so devoid of natural light.  I went back and forth between using flash and not using flash, not knowing which photos would turn out best.  In the end, I think it was about 50/50.  

It was a fun trip and worth the 1.5 hour drive.  

What discoveries are you making in your "backyard"?

Make it a great day!

Heather



Sunday, July 24, 2016

Family Fun Day


This afternoon was Family Fun Day at a small privately owned amusement park.  The event was hosted by my husband's employer.  


We got there early to beat the crowds.

For $10 a person, you got to ride all the rides, indulge in all the free pop, cotton candy, ice cream and snow cones you could possibly eat, and enjoy a complimentary "picnic" meal of the traditional summer fixings.


The rides are old-time favorites with a couple of smaller wooden roller coasters.


The Scrambler "in action".

Putt-putt golf was also included in the nominal fee.


Dear son had a blast and we rode most of the rides over and over again.  

It was brutally hot out, but I found a cool spot under an old shade tree to wind down before we left.


A fun memory-making afternoon.

Happy Sunday,
Heather

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Heat Wave


It's a hot one today in Southwestern Ohio.

My son had swim lessons early, so I figured I'd get the back yard cut while my husband took our son to the "Y".

Back yard mowed (check), and everything out back watered (check)!  


We have someone building a new house on the lot behind us.  

We enjoyed it being vacant for 2.5 years.  Hopefully they will plant some trees for privacy.  I can't plant anything with big roots along the back-left fence as we have a curtain drain back there and our leach field is in front of it.


After my morning hard work and a much needed shower, I fixed myself lunch and enjoyed looking at the fruits of my labor from the air conditioned sun room.


Cherries are in abundance at the grocery store, so I picked some up for us to enjoy over the weekend.


I think it will be a quiet day today.  I'll do a little bit of reading and we may go to one of our local parks later this afternoon.


What are you up to today?  
What are you doing to stay cool?

Make it a great day!

Heather


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Around the Garden


"The air was fragrant with a thousand trodden aromatic herbs, with fields of lavender, and with the brightest roses blushing in tufts all over the meadows..."

William C. Bryant


Well, I don't have "fields" of lavender, but the lavender I planted last year, appears to be happy where I planted it.  

Which, of course, makes me happy.


I like the predictability of perennials.  
You plant them once and they return each year in their due time.


I have tomatoes and zucchini getting close to harvest.  

The zucchini we started from seed and is a bush type.  It doesn't take up as much space in a raised bed.  

I'll check them later today, but hopes are for steamed zucchini with our chicken for dinner.


One of my favorite nurseries is an outlet and is only open in the spring and fall.  

If you go the weekend before they close for the spring, you can get great buys.  

I bought four small apple trees for $5 each.  They've been in the ground a few weeks and have been doing well (other than a small invasion of Japanese beetles defoliating their leaves).

I'm following the instruction in Grow a Little Fruit Tree by Ann Ralph.  

The main idea is that you prune the leader as soon as you bring the tree home.  Then, you prune them twice a year in winter and early summer around the solstice.

This aggressive pruning keeps the trees small and manageable.  


One of the other things we added this year is a blueberry bed.  

There are actually seven blueberry bushes.  Four of them were just bare roots, so are quite small.  The three larger ones were from the nursery I mentioned earlier.

There is more work to do and I'm blessed I have a strong husband to help with the heavy work.

In my minds eye, I see a rhubarb bed, maybe this fall, or next spring.

Have a great day!
Heather

Monday, July 18, 2016

A Little Rain on a Summer Day


We got a brief respite from the heat and humidity this morning as a thunder storm moved through our neighborhood.

Mid July already...
Summer moves by too quickly for students and teachers alike.


My little family has been up to the same things we enjoy doing together.

Going to parks, taking nature walks, visiting museums, and working in the gardens.


We've done quite a bit of work in our yard.


We've added some apple trees and blueberry bushes to our edible garden.



We also recreated some pretty perennial flower beds; roses, cone flowers, bee balm, daisies.



The garden is evolving, growing, expanding and so are we.

Just like life, ever changing.

Hope you are well and enjoying summer!

Heather