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The Blue Bus is calling Us

Wel, I actually worked today. The back feels better. Thanks to all the people who sent me healing energy and good vibes. I've not taken any drugs in about 12 hours and I'm still high so it's got to be the healing energy. When I get back tothe farm tomorrow, I should have a box with 5 lbs of quartz crystals in it which I bough from a mine in Arkansas. I'll have fun cleaning them this weekend.

Speaking of the farm, dragonfly has been asking for awhile to see pictures so I got some scanned and uploaded. I'll post them in the comments section so you don't have to download them if you don't want to.

My back yard and one of my recent Spring landscaping projects

The barnyard on an overcast Summer day. The woods are mine as far as you can see and that's corn in the fields.

Another section of my backyard landscaping project.

The whole project on an early Summer morning. That's the smokehouse you see there.

The barnyard on a misty morning in late summer

The farm house as seen from the barnyard

The front of the house when I first took it over in 1994. The big elm trees became a mistaken casualty of the State Highway Dept. They were supposed to prune them and instead cut them down. I raised holy hell and they came and planted new maple and oak trees. Now I just have to wait 15 more years for shade like that again.

My buddy. Jake the Dog in his favorite place on the back of a pickup truck.

My brother Joe and Deb posing on the tractor one November.

This is how the backyard looked before I attacked it with my landscaping projects.

An old relic found while cleaning out the smokehouse one day.

Some grape hyacinths that come up in the yard every year

Resurection Lilies that come up in late July and stay for a week or so if we are lucky

A collection of Spring Flowers in a big glass vase with other glass bottles on the ledge of my picture window inside the house. The whole house has this woodwork.

The veiw out the back door midwinter last year. 2.5 feet of snow.

The back yard and barnyard in snow.

A summer sunrise

A Fall sunset from back in the woods.

Tiger Lillies near the propane tank by the driveway

An F3 tornado forming before it dropped down and took out my neighbor's barn and the back half of my barn in 1997. I took this from my front porch right before heading for the basement.

Jake the Dog getting muddy in the stream one summer down in my woods.

Now don't you wanna come for a visit?




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Jan. 24th, 2002 05:38 pm (UTC)
Great work with the farm and especially the landscaping!

I really like the photos, like the flowers in the vase. I can see why you spend so much time there.
Jan. 24th, 2002 05:53 pm (UTC)
Come to think of it I do want to come for a visit.


Jan. 24th, 2002 06:14 pm (UTC)
That last picture reminds me of a lady and her dogs I saw by the creek one day. She would pick up sticks along the path and throw them in the water for the golden retriever to fetch. I could always tell where she was by the "Annie! *splash* Annie! *splash*" all the way down the path. The spaniels had more sense and stayed on dry ground.
Jan. 25th, 2002 07:03 am (UTC)
Jake is a water dog too. He doesn't need any encouragement to get in the water. He'll fetch things you don't even throw. He'll also dive underwater to get something. He's a purebred and both his parents were duck hunting dogs so I think it's inherited.


Jan. 24th, 2002 07:20 pm (UTC)
I think we need to have an LJ party at your farm. Several of those pictures could easily be postcards. It looks gorgeous!
Jan. 25th, 2002 07:05 am (UTC)
Re: Wow!
Come one come all. We have a big party every year the last weekend of June. Food, drink and fireworks and I've go more than enough room to put people up for a week if neccessary. Everyone from here would be welcome too.


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Jan. 24th, 2002 07:24 pm (UTC)
It's utterly breathtaking... and yes, I would certainly love to see it in real life! :) You're just being a tempter, aren't you?

But that picture of the tornado... *shiver* It's like something out of one of my nightmares.

All the same, if you have a basement, maybe it's worth it anyway! :)
Jan. 25th, 2002 07:09 am (UTC)
Tornadoes out here are just a small factor of life on the prairie just as hurricanes are out your way. We have a season for them and it's just a time to be careful like any other sort of natural phenomena. It's not something that's sure to happen every year. Sometimes we don't even get in the basement. If it's far enough off, we just watch from the front porch.

And yes, I'm trying to tempt you. Next week I'll start posting the Colorado photos.

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Jan. 25th, 2002 07:10 am (UTC)
Thanks, that's why I spend so much time there. I never thought I'd put down roots in Illinois until I started working on the farm.


Jan. 24th, 2002 08:25 pm (UTC)
I'd love to visit someday... :)
Jan. 25th, 2002 07:12 am (UTC)
Re: gaudgeous!
Come on out, everyone is welcome. We're alway ready for a visit. Plus I've got enough room to house about 10 people for a week.


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Jan. 25th, 2002 09:51 am (UTC)
Can I come live on your farm... i cook, clean and i dont take up much space... hehehehehe
Jan. 25th, 2002 09:58 am (UTC)
You don't know how many people have made me that offer yet whenever I say yes, I never see them here. You are welcome anytime.


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Jan. 25th, 2002 10:50 am (UTC)
Gorgeous! You take some wonderful pictures (especially the sunset). I'd love to have a place like that.
Jan. 25th, 2002 11:50 am (UTC)
Well, I'm only two states over from you. you can come for a visit sometime. Thanks for the compliment.


Jan. 25th, 2002 11:49 am (UTC)
First time I went out east it amazed me how green the scenery was. Your farm is very beautiful. How many acres is it?
Jan. 25th, 2002 11:56 am (UTC)
103 acres. Only about 45 acres is tillable and the rest is mostly woods. And even with that, the area of the woods is pretty hilly so there is really more land there than it looks like. It's the green part of the year that I pretty much live for. So many different shades of it.


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