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This week has just been busy and tedious at work. So much so that I've had to make posts at 2 am. So I thought I'd just do a photo post of what went on last weekend.

This was how the clouds looked at sunset, just before a big storm in Joliet last Friday.

A couple of odd looking train cars parked on a siding near the Amtrak Station in Princeton, IL

Some curious deer I saw just before sunset on a backroad near my farm. Look how long the neck looks on that one.

Saturday night very late or Sunday morning very early, we had a storm blow in from the South. We think it was generated by the hurricanes in Texas. Anyway, very high winds that dropped the temps from mid 70's to high 50's in a matter of minutes. Tornado sirens were going off but I never saw a funnel cloud. Lots of lightning though.

Some lazy frogs that were floating around in my pond. I love how they look like they are completely still and floating on air.

My favorite flowers every summer. These are called Resurection Lillies because in the Spring the long leaves come out and then die and the flowers grown from out of the dead leaves only in August. My grandma planted these 30 years ago.

A butterfly on my pear tree. He hung around for quite awhile.

I've got so many peaches on my trees that they are breaking the branches. These will be harvested this weekend for jam and wine.

It looks to be a good grape crop this year. Mmmm grape jelly!

Sweet corn is in full swing.

And blackberries are ready to be picked

I also got a bushel of blue plums last weekend so I'll be a jelly-making fool this weekend. I also bought the "new" tractor so I'll have to go pick it up this Saturday. 1955 Ford 700 Series.




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Aug. 8th, 2008 09:33 pm (UTC)
I love the frogs! I'm also jealous of your bountiful produce. I wish I could grow those kinds of things down here in sub-tropical Florida!
Aug. 9th, 2008 07:22 am (UTC)
I think most of them would grow in your zone. Our summer temps are probably comparable. Lots of heat and humidity. Most of it has grown up wild. The mulberries, plums, native peaches and blackberries are all wild. The larger peaches and pears and grapes were planted but they are petty hardy. We get severe winters here and they survive.

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Aug. 8th, 2008 10:08 pm (UTC)
I want to go frog hunting and pick fruit from the branches and eat berries. Hope you have an amazing weekend!

Since I will not be at work, I am sure to!

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Aug. 9th, 2008 07:25 am (UTC)
I'll give you a call this weekend. Or you can call me at the farm.

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Aug. 9th, 2008 01:35 am (UTC)
1955 Ford 700 Series
No corn here this year, too wet this spring and cold also.

I must admit my tractor is a Chinese abortion, 1984? Rhino w/hoe attachment. I have beat the crap out of it work wise and it still wants to play with me! ;) The guts are designed from a old john deer 2 cylinder (rumor).

In compound low it goes about 6 feet a minute, 20hp can pull if geared down low.

My wife might make blackberry jelly this year she has a steamer strainer that takes out off the seeds.
Aug. 9th, 2008 07:30 am (UTC)
Re: 1955 Ford 700 Series
I'm lazy with my jelly. I use an old potato masher, crush everything, throw in a pot with water and apple juice and boil until I get good juice. Then strain through a coffee filter and viola. I'm also making a combo of mulberry/blueberry/cherry. I've got a 1948 Ford 8N already. I was surprised to find that when I drove it to town one day it would go about 35 mph in road gear. Of course you felt like ti was going to do a wheelie and flip ove at any time going that fast but it would do it. The 700 series is a much more powerful beastie. We got ti because it's got a front end loader and the hydraulics have been modified so you can use the rear 3 point hitch and the front end loader at the same time. Woo Hoo!

Aug. 9th, 2008 02:03 am (UTC)
That Federal Railroad Administration car looks like a motor home. Actually, they both do.

don't forget to grab a photo of a C&O Chessie car sometime when you spot one.
Aug. 9th, 2008 07:38 am (UTC)
That's how I got those. I was looking through the rail yards for a chessie. I did find this odd looking tanker logo but I can't really make out the name. Taking pix from a moving train is fun.

And check out this variety of Santa Fe/Burlington Northern engine schemes. They've gone back and labled most of them with the BNSF stencil but may still maintain the original paint scheme. The bright green of BN and the yellow/Orange and blue of the Santa Fe. My uncle Frank was a mechanical engineer for BN up until a few years ago. He maintained a microwave communication tower just up the road from my farm. I know a guy now who does track repair and travels all over. Maybe I can get him to get me into the rail yard at Beardstown and get some better pics.


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Aug. 9th, 2008 04:32 am (UTC)
Awesome clouds and lightning strikes. The strikes here were the most vivid orange I've ever seen. 99% of the time they are white, blue, or bluish-purple.

Beautiful peaches. No corn here; I was checking fields today and wrote about it. Stalks have tasseled, ears are twice the size of a cigar with silky yellow hair. It's just too late down this way and stunted.
Aug. 9th, 2008 07:40 am (UTC)
Our stuff tastes right but is very small. I'm hoping for a good mellon crop though.

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Aug. 9th, 2008 04:58 am (UTC)
Wow, what a nice harvest you've got coming to ya!!!

I love those pix of little Froggie...looks like he's just enjoying the day, hangin' out.

I'm looking forward to Buffalo Grove Days over Labor Day weekend...I can have fun photographing the lights of the carnival rides and enjoy some good fresh-harvested Illinois sweet corn...grilled to perfection with lots of butter and a hint of salt/pepper. (5 generations of small-town Hoosier overrides 1st generation suburban chick)

I got some nice cloudage pix too...gotta get to processing them one of these days when I get caught up on my HUGE backlog.
Aug. 9th, 2008 07:43 am (UTC)
I have to process daily or they never get done. I've got so many ruined house and cemeteries to post it's not even funny. Labor day weekend we have a fireworks show to do. Probably the last of the year. At some point I have to fit in 2 weeks of vacations into my schedule. The Southwest for a week and the East coast for another week. Can't recall when I've had a busier summer. And we have to do the Buffalo Grove pancake thing some night too!

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Aug. 9th, 2008 07:25 pm (UTC)
I've a sudden longing for the midwest.
Aw man blackberries...I love blackberries. We used to go and pick huge bowls full of them from the side of the road at our cabin in Wisconsin when I was a kid. I think the DOT did something to the sides of the roads awhile back though, because I haven't seen the bushes for a long time. *sigh*
Aug. 11th, 2008 02:09 pm (UTC)
Probably to keep people from pulling off and standing on the side of the road. Bet those DOT guys picked a bucket full before they did it though. I got a gallon of juice from the blue plums and picked a 5 gallon bucket of peaches from which I've gotten a gallon of juice so far. Still have over half the bucket. I'm going to can some peaches and make jelly from the juice but I'm also going to grill some peaches for dinner tonight. MMMMMmmmm grilled corn and peaches with fresh sliced tomatoes. Hungry yet?

Aug. 10th, 2008 03:36 am (UTC)
I love blackberries! when we were kids, they used to grow here in a neighbors yard. We'd sneak in and pick ourselves a bunch! LOL.. careful not to drop those peaches under your car.
Aug. 11th, 2008 02:11 pm (UTC)
Yeah Yeah. All the blackberries are wild. Same plants that my grandma used to harvest. The birds eat them then poop out the seeds when they sit on fence rows. So you always find them growing around fences.

Aug. 11th, 2008 01:07 am (UTC)
Those clouds look like a Maxfield Parrish painting. And those grapes look delicious.

I've seen signs on railroad crossings around here that say, "Trains are run by remote and may be unoccupied" -- talk about scary!
Aug. 11th, 2008 02:47 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I've an associate...sometimes friend who works for the railroad fixing tracks. They are doing a lot of repair right now due to the floods, fires and earthquakes. They have these little machines that they run remotely up and down the tracks to check the integrity. I've been at a crossing before when one came by. It was like a sci fi movie, I swear. We've been getting great clouds lately. Not so much as it's gotten cooler but when it's hot and on toward evening, great clouds. You and I should visit a winery at harvest time. We could help with the harvest then do some wine tasting. That's a favorite past time too.

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