Thursday, November 30, 2017

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TROPICAL TREAT
UNDER THE DOME

Even on chilly cloudy days,
there's always a tropical jungle
inside the Climatron
at Missouri Botanical Garden.

Their geodesic dome
creates the perfect climate
for rare tropical plants and trees
year round.

(Feels mighty good on cold days, too.)
 


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

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PRETTY IN PINK

So many shades to choose from.

Poinsettias have become the 
the "flower of Christmas,"
and it's not even the flower
whose color we enjoy.
(It's the leaf or bract
that shows its colors.)

The poinsettia was first brought
to North America by
Joel Roberts Poinsett,
our country's first ambassador
to Mexico and founder of
the National Institute of Science.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

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DUCKHUNTER'S
FAMILY PORTRAIT

No question who the center
of this family might be.

Trusted bird retriever
and loyal black lab, Aria,
brings these pictures
to life!

Monday, November 27, 2017

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SUNNY SUNDAY
ON THE ICE

Family fun
at Steinberg Rink
in beautiful Forest Park.

Shirt sleeve weather
didn't keep skaters
from testing their balance.
 

Sunday, November 26, 2017

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GETTING READY
 FOR CHRISTMAS 

Now it's time
to pick out a tree,
to find some new ornaments,
to dress up the house
with holiday cheer.

Start catching the spirit!
 

Saturday, November 25, 2017

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THE GARDEN IS AGLOW

Opening night
for "Garden Glow"
At Missouri Botanical Garden,
the night time outdoor transformation
of the 40-acre garden
with over 1-million lights.

Follow the trail through
a wonderland of colored displays,
and occasional fire pits
to warm you hands and feet.

(Now, through January 1.) 


Friday, November 24, 2017

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THE DAY AFTER
 THANKSGIVING 

The best part of the day after . . .

not shopping.
No, it's leftovers! 

 

Thursday, November 23, 2017

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 ROASTED BRUSSELS SPROUTS
WITH PANCETTA

My favorite Thanksgiving vegetable
is always this seasonal 
flavorful side-dish.

Peel the rough outer leaves
off just plucked sprouts.

Cut in half.
Toss with olive oil, salt & pepper.

Dice thick sliced pancetta,
sauté and drain.

Mix with freshly grated nutmeg
in a large roasting pan.

Bake in a hot 450˚ oven, uncovered
for 20 minutes.

Goes well with turkey and gravy!
 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

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PASS THE CHEESE,  PLEASE

3 extraordinary cheeses,
just in town for the holidays,
from Neal's Yard Dairy,
farmhouse cheese maker,
London, U.K.

John Nash, proprietor
at Starr's fine wine retailer
(St. Louis, 1135 S. Big Bend)
serves up samples of these 3 great ones:

From left to right:

Shropshire Blue
Lincolnshire Poacher
Sparkenhoe Red Leicester

Just in time for Thanksgiving.
Limited supplies available,
open today.

(As good as cheese gets.)


 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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LAST CALL
AT THE FARMERS MARKET

Last chance to pick up local,
fresh organic produce
direct from the grower.

Just in time for a
Thanksgiving Feast.
 
 Yum.

Monday, November 20, 2017

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SUNNY WEEK AHEAD

Nights are definitely feeling
like winter is near,
but bright sunny days
 are ahead this whole week.

Perfect weather ahead
this Thanksgiving week.

Time to work on
   our gratitude lists. 

 

Sunday, November 19, 2017

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THE WILD FOREST FLOOR

As trees bare their leaves,
the forest floor transforms
into a carpet of composting color.

Seeds and hushed colors
are ready for the first snow.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

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RIPE LEMONS

My lemons have ripened.
Finally.

(My indoor Meyer Lemon
tree is sooo beautiful.)

Friday, November 17, 2017

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KIRKWOOD
A RAILROAD TOWN

Since its founding in 1859,
Kirkwood Missouri has been
a railroad town.

Today, the Missouri Pacific Railroad
carries freight across country,
and Amtrak provides passenger service
to stations east and west.

Historic locomotives still run through town,
attracting crowds you and old.
 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

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AN AMISH CLOTHES DRYER

Smart reasons to use an
outdoor clothes line:

1.  Electric dryers fade and
     shrink your favorite clothes. 

2.  Outside line drying sanitizes
    your clothes and gives your laundry 
a fresh clean smell.

3.  Hanging in the sunshine
    irons and starches your clothes 
naturally.   It really works.

4.  It saves money and electricity.

5.  The fresh air and sunshine
      puts you in a better mood. 

(Photographed in Pike County, Missouri)
 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

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ALL THIS BEAUTY

is headed in one direction,
and one direction only.

Straight down,
to the ground below.

(Grab your rakes.)
 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

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WINTER SILAGE

The corn has been harvested.

Time to load the silage bales
into the barn.

Winter's on the way.
 

Monday, November 13, 2017

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GORGEOUS HAND MADE
SHIBORI TEXTILE ARTS 

Dyed and original silk
scarves and pillows
from the gifted hands
of Abby Fair,
Kirkwood, Missouri.

The ancient Japanese art
of dyeing known as Shibori
is alive and well,
and for sale,
by Sweet Seed Textiles.
Wearable Shibori silks
available at
abby@sweetseedtextiles.com.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

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RAINBOW HARVEST
FROM
THE WINTER GARDEN

Kale and chard
still thrive
and survive our sudden
  winter weather. 

Nutrition can be
so beautiful.

 

Saturday, November 11, 2017

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THE LEAVES MUST FALL

The saddest part of a glorious autumn,
when the leaves must fall
and return to the soil.

It's when I love to walk the woods,
and shuffle my feet
through the fallen leaves.

Soon the trees will be bare.
(But not too soon.)

 

Friday, November 10, 2017

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SUBTLE TONES

Sometimes it's the
muted shades and colors
that turn a
walk in the woods
a blinding experience.

Like today.


Thursday, November 9, 2017

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BLAZING COLORS

And this was the year
weather experts predicted
a disappointing autumn,
when foliage would go
"straight to brown,
and fall on the ground."

Our cool, wet November
proved them all wrong.

What a beautiful autumn
we're having.

Wow!

 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

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'DEIDRE AND MAURA'

Bronze installation
at Missouri Botanical Garden.

St. Louis sculptor, Don Weigand,
was commissioned to sculpt 
the two sisters, aged 9 and 6,
playing forever
in this beautiful garden.


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

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VICTORIAN SPLENDOR

 Built in 1860,
one of the first homes to be built
in Kirkwood, Missouri.

Perfectly restored and maintained
and made more beautiful
by the unexpected fall foliage.

Such a beautiful November here.