Wednesday, September 30, 2015

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HAY BALE MAZE

There's a new playground
at the Kirkwood Farmer's Market.

A maze, just for kids,
made from stacks of hay bales.
Twisting, turning, climbing.

You might get lost,
but if they can make it to the end,
they get to pick out their
Halloween pumpkin!

(Now that's "a-maze-ing.") 

Monday, September 28, 2015

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CRYSTAL FEST
DAY TWO

The Midwest Crystal Fest
drew more beautiful people
to Emmeneger Park on Sunday,
and more rocks, minerals and crystals
(and all the energy they possess.)

Yoga, massages, live music, dancing,
energy workers, drum circles,
and fabulous jewelry.

The World Bird Sanctuary brought
"Junior" a great horned owl,
and a recovered red tailed hawk
which was found as an injured baby,
raised and recuperated,
and released into the wild
at the Crystal Fest closing ceremonies.

(It was quite a day, and ending
to a fabulous festival.)

Sunday, September 27, 2015

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 MIDWEST CRYSTAL FEST

(I've been waiting for this one.)

A fantastic opening day for this amazing event.

On the banks of the Meramec River,
perfect sunny day, beautiful people,
amazing rocks and crystals,
energy workers, alternative everything,
yoga, massage, oils, smiles, music . . .

and CRYSTALS!

And not ONE PERSON was texting,
or looking down at their "smart phone."

(Tomorrow's blog -- more pics from this festival,
some of the beautiful people I met.)
 

Saturday, September 26, 2015

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BEFORE THERE WAS
INDOOR PLUMBING

There was the cistern.

Well situated near the house
on 19th century farms and homesteads,
the cistern was an essential underground 
holding tank for rain and well water,
with a hand crank to dispense 
this precious resource.

A good cistern meant the difference
between surviving on a farm
or having to look elsewhere for water.

Many old farms in Missouri
still having working cisterns.

(A precious commodity
for "living on the land.")


Friday, September 25, 2015

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MISSOURI'S
HISTORIC BRICK SILOS

In the late 1800's,
grain silos were often made of
red clay bricks from Missouri.

The state was rich with clay soils,
especially north of the Missouri River.
Many brick companies established
factories throughout the middle of the state,
and are still in business today.

At the turn of the century,
fine brick homes were built
throughout St. Louis and Kansas City
(still standing today),
and the grand beer breweries in St. Louis
featured all-brick grain silos
(like the old Lemp Brewery,
still standing today.)

And there are still century farms
west of St. Louis, with brick silos
standing in the field.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

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GROW WHERE YOU'RE PLANTED

In the wild,
plants choose to grow
where they will thrive.

This tree
really wanted to grow
along side a limestone bluff.

(Move over, bluff.)

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

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FLAVORS AND COLORS
OF A FALL HARVEST

Now that autumn is here,
farmers are bringing
a new fresh harvest to the market.

Fragrant pumpkins, for pies and jack-o-lanterns,
sweetest ever concord grapes,
cherry-red bittersweet to brighten your door,
gourds in every shape and color,
Indian corn (a sure sign summer is over),
squash too pretty to pick,
just picked local apples (for your next pie),
and sweet potatoes for Sunday night dinner.

Autumn harvest is here.