Saturday, September 30, 2006

An Afternoon Trailride

As we come out of the woods into the neighbors hay field we make a right turn and walk a hundred yards or so and make another right turn and climb up this winding trail in the photo above.

We come to a Y in the trail and which way will we go today? Hmmm, OK, lets turn to the right, and see what little surprises we discover today.

Just a little way along this trail, if we look to our left, we see a green scummy pond. In the summer there are turtles sunning themselves on the fallen logs that are in it. There is almost always a few frogs that jump in and startle the horse! This pond always has water in it.

As we continue on our way, we walk under this scraggly looking, small tree, and hanging in its branches are lots and lots of wild grapes!! I think I am seeing some grape jelly here!! Hmmmm! Gotta tell Ed about this!

We pass under the 'grape' tree and follow the trail that a neighbor bushogged for another neighbor, so she could ride her horses. (She has 3 horses but never rides them). When we get to the far end of this little meadow, we will turn left again, and

turn into the deep forest. This is a Nature Conservancy of about 200 acres. We can walk in the woods, but that is all. There is no hunting allowed, or anything else. It is just for enjoying nature.The trail meanders along twisting and turning and following gentle grades up and down the ravines. As you go along, look to your left,

and you will see some long deep ravines that seem to have no bottom. They are full of mature trees and fallen trees that have rotted over the years. Here and there is a trickle of water going toward the bottoms. It eventually ends in the river.

Here is another trail that goes off to the right. We will explore that one another time.

As we near the Y in the trail, near the beginning of our ride, we can turn left at the Y and come out on top of the hill under the Power Lines. The Power Company that owns the lines keeps this part cleared.

As we stand under the lines, we have to decide, do we want to go down that steep hill today? I don't think so, Katie and I have had enough exercise today. We will do that hill another day. I hope you have enjoyed our ride. I enjoyed having the company and sharing the sights with you.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

And a good time was had by all!

Yesterday, E and I went to the Paragon (little town) Homecoming. It is mostly just a town wide yard sale. The streets were blocked off and there were yard sales all over the place. They had food venders and bands, etc. It was nice, and the weather was good, 70 degrees and partly cloudy. I enjoyed spending time with E, just walking about and talking.

We went to a large flea market near Columbus today. I found a nice big wooden birdfeeder for 2.00. The birds will eat well this winter. It was a fun day. Now it is back to work. We are trying to make a 'sawdust stall' in the barn. We have an area that we put sawdust in, in one of the stalls. But it needs fixed so we can fill it up and not have to go and shovel a pickup load of sawdust every two weeks. When we get this done, it will hold a lot of sawdust. Tomorrow we are going to Lebanon, E's dad has an elevator that E wants to use so we don't have to shovel the stall full. The elevator should unload the sawdust into the stall and we can get a lot more in it. Lets hope it works!

Friday, September 01, 2006

We have had some very nice cool, cloudy weather, thanks to Ernesto. I am enjoying every minute of it! After all the heat and humidity of the summer,IT IS WONDERFUL!!!!
Here is a scene I saw today when I looked out the window, while feeding the boys their lunch. Isn't she a beautiful doe? This photo was taken through a window with a screen on it, which gives it the out of focus look. This doe has a fawn that was still in the woods, out of sight.

My boys' mother has returned to Germany, so we are on our own again, and they are happy and doing wonderful. They are beginning to walk all over the house. Last week they started taking a tentative step or two, but now there is now stopping them!

Here is the website that I tried to send in a previous post: . It was up and working today, so try it again.