Blackberries and boy

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It goes like this: 

Me…Chance don’t eat the blackberries they are not ripe yet

Chance (9 year old son) …ok   (disappears outside)

** 10 minutes later I walk out **

Me…Chance what are you doing?

Chance…just checking to see if any are ripe

And I wonder why I never have enough berries to make anything with!!!

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Adventures close to home

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Water Buffalo

I know I say this quite often, but I am amazed at how close we live to wonderful places to experience.  Yesterday we visited the Hidden Valley Animal Adventure Park (see what it’s all about here).  This is about a 50 minute drive away from the Island.

We live on a farm, we have lots of animals and own 34+ acres of land.  Yet, my kids LOVE to visit other animal sanctuaries and open lands.  We were hand feeding water buffalo, antelope, bison, zebras, camels, goats, cows, yaks, donkeys and so many other animals.  I hope you enjoy some of the pictures from our adventure and take a minute to visit their website.  My kids are already asking when we can go again.

Link to pictures taken of our trip here

 

Is it summer???

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Well this weekend was a bust with weather.  Last weekend was also.  Rain, cloudy, extreme heat and tonight it’s 57 degrees and freezing!!!  The high temperatures for the next week are only in the mid 70’s so the pool is cooling down quickly.  I will not complain though as my gardens are all in bloom and I am not having to spend a good amount of time watering.

I picked this wild flower from the woods a few years ago and every year it blooms and is so beautiful.  I have no idea what it is.

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No matter which way you look at my wildflower garden, it is a pretty sight!!

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Load Number One

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And so it begins…the first of the 1100 or so bales of hay we have delivered at our house and our neighbors.  We always get a group together to unload.  Tonight was the first of our deliveries at my barn.  In total 160 bales.  While it’s heavy work it is also a huge peace of mind to know after another 2 loads we will be fully stocked for whatever Mr. Winter throws our way.  Our horses, goats and rabbits will eat good regardless!!

 

July 24, 1915

On this day in 1915, the SS Eastland listed and tipped over while tied to the dock in the Chicago River.

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The ship had many issues prior to this tragic event which should have been enough to heed warning the ship was not safe.  844 people lost their lives yet very few people have ever heard of this disaster.

Here is a link to the history of this tragedy if you would like to read about it further.  SS Eastland

While it was such a tragedy, it is also part of our history.

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Outdoor Shower

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This side faces the house and the rest is covered in nature for privacy

When you live on a farm it pays to have an outdoor shower.  Ok, I admit we installed it after seeing the first Sex in the City movie where the neighbor had a beautiful……..outdoor shower!!  I forced the man of the house a few years back to see the movie with me and this is what came of it.  He installed a shower within the week.

This truly has been a saving grace during the spring/summer/fall with the kids.  They come in from playing in the woods, the frog pond, riding 4 wheelers and so on and they are covered in mud.  They know before they can step foot in the house they have to shower off.  Most of the time clothes and all!!

The adults in the house enjoy it under the moonlight.  There’s something to be said about taking an outdoor shower under the beautiful dark night sky with fireflies lighting up all around you and the beautiful stars overhead.

The sign has become a neighborhood saying.  A friend found this sign for us and hung it while we were gone.  It says Showers $1.00 To Watch $2.00  It still makes me laugh every year when I hang it up.  I purchased some beautiful tropical looking vines and bushes so even during the day it is private to the world only open facing the house.

We purchased a beautiful wooden arbor but it’s starting to peel now and next year we will have to replace it but it will be worth the work!! 

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Showers $1.00 To Watch $2.00

Beauty

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It’s majestic reflecting on the water with the pink hue.  This was the sunset from the boat tonight over Canada.  It was 87 degrees and humid.  Perfect night for a sunset swim and ride. 

Here is the progression of the sunset

photo 1-2photo-1 sunset tubephoto 3-2 photo 1-1  And two happy girls who were able to enjoy it on a summer night