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 diedof typhoid fever in Memphis:IMG_6186.JPGSherman'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.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
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.
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.
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
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Monday, October 29, 2012
Saturday, October 27, 2012
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 (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.