Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Sherman's Gravesite and Willie 12-4-12

Yesterday Bill Sheridan and I drove to North St Louis where his grandfather and grandmother are buried in Belfontaine Cemetary. Then we drove next door to the Catholic Calgary Cemetary. It is here that General William Tecumseh Sherman of Civil War fame is buried with his family. Finding the site was a fun treasure hunt.

Also  in the family plot is Willie, Sherman's son who died
of typhoid  fever in Memphis:


Sherman's men had this monument built. Of interest is the left upper ledge. 

Bill and I agreed that we should go hunting for sites in cemetary's more often.

Dancing at Meriweathers Restaurant 11-26-12

After dinner at Meriweathers with Jan, Lee, Debbie, and Rich,I went to the Men's Room where this dance was going on. It was hard to leave them.

Multnomah Falls 11-25-12

After major discussion we chose to go on an outing to Multnomah 
Falls including a drive along the Columbia River. 

The weather was great despite some spray from the falls.

As you can see it is moist at Multnohah Falls.

 Jan and some Sessions boys on the trail. Our niece  Jill joined us too.

Family Thanksgiving in Portland 11-23-12

We  enjoyed a family Thanksgiving dinner at the Jeff Sessions Home in Lake Oswego Oregon.As you can see Jeff is looking great and so is Jan.

Jan and my brother David.

Frances and Kelli with Lake Oswego in the background.

Niece Kimberly and Karl came from Atlanta.

Niece Jane and Jeff's daughter Erika both with a twinkle in their eyes.

Gordon and Kelly.  Blake, Adam and Will were there too.

Danny and Lee.

Mild Fall at Aspen Lake 11-10-12

We enjoyed the extended mild fall at the lake this year, 
including a snooze on the beach.

A Day in the Country

South of Innsbrook is our new favorite antique store in Hopewell
(a "peopled place" not the village) where we found this on the wall.
I try to keep my jewels from tinker, pooka, and black hearted stranger.

Daniel Boone's Initial Gravesite 11-3-2012

On a bluff overlooking the Missouri River near Marthasville is the initial gravesite of 
Daniel Boone and his wife.  Rebecca died in 1813 and Daniel in 1820. They were 
removed to Frankfurt Kentucky in  1845.  The gravesite is not located near the Daniel
Boone home on the Femme Osage River.

Path to the Creek Bed 10-25-12

This fall I completed a path down to the creek bed that winds from Rieth
Terrace along Daugherty Ferry turning south along Ballas Road to the
Frank Lloyd Wright house bridge. The runoff from rains through the years
has taken the creek bed down to bed rock and there are many 
boulders along the way.
When there are heavy rains there is quite a current 
and small ponds are formed.

In this area there is a small spring where water seeps up from a crack in the base.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Final Flowers for the Year 10-31-12

These are some of the few flowers still blooming after the frosts. Its a good time 
to call it a year.

I hope you have enjoyed the flowers and the comments. Have a great winter. The seeds
you have sewn will come up in the future.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Flower for the Day 10-30-12 Final Days for the Dahlias

The dahlia flower heads are all that remain after two nights of frost. This Dahlia is named Jean Marie.

This one is called  Mystery Day and the flowers
are seven inches and more. 

Flower for the Day 10-30-12 Burning Bush

Our burning bush (Euonymous alatus) has finally matured and produces  
fiery red leaves in the late fall.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Flower for the Day 10-29-12 Dahlia

This is my new favorite dahlia. Its colors are nuanced and change over several days as the flower head matures. Its name is Pretty in Pink.

It ends up like an ice cream sundae.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

A trail in the woods to the creek 10-27-12

Over the last few years I have been making trails in the woods 
behind our house. This trail goes down from the northern wildflower 
garden down to a small creek that is normally dry.

Through the years the rains have washed the topsoil off so that the floor of the creek
is bedrock. There are pools of water which are surrounded by large limestone boulders.

In one area there is a small spring which puts out a small trickle of water from the crack
throughout the year.

The leaves are almost all off the trees.

It is a quiet spot within life's turmoil.

When there are sustained rains the leaves and detritus are carried down stream.

Water from the creek ends up in Sugar Creek south of the Frank Lloyd Wright House.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Persimmons 10-26-12

Persimmons (Diospyros) With all the leaves off the tree the persimmons have shown up in variousstages of maturity. The berry is ripe and edible when it is soft and the skin is beginning to split. At this time the calyx is easily plucked out. When ripe it has lost its tannin content and is sweet due to a high glucose content.
Diospyros is Greek for divine fruit or more literally the wheat of Zeus.

Flower for the Day 10-26-12 Field Coreopsis

Field Coreopsis has bloomed again. The depth of color is striking.