Wednesday, March 25, 2009

In and Out of the Garden

I went with a friend to a nursery a 2hr drive from our house. She had a credit there from a big job several years ago and decided it was time to collect. She got a shrub for a space where a tree died...anyway... We took the scenic route home. We drove across this covered bridge. It has been a long time since I went through a covered bridge. It spanned the White River. It seemed like a long drive through this one-car bridge. The bridge had been partially burned down a few years ago. The roof was replaced.
We also stopped at Williams Dam. The water was pouring over the dam as the spring thaw has the river running fast.
We stopped at a DQ for some refreshment. Near little town of Logoottee there is an Amish community. Logoottee has hitching posts at many of the stores in town. You often see horse and buggies hitched to the posts. I couldn't resist taking a picture of this horse and buggy. I don't think he wanted his picture taken. I apologized to him for my actions. I couldn't help myself. Back home I found the first honey bee of the season on the heather we just planted. Initially I only planted one since I didn't know if they would grow in this spot. When I saw the honey bee in this spot I went back and got two more. I hope they grow. And you thought I only posted about birds when I was out of the garden... Have a great weekend everyone.

27 comments:

  1. Hi Lisa! Love the covered bridge...they are so cool! This was a delightful out of the garden trip and your photo of the bees on the heather is a good sight on a rainy day!
    Have a great weekend!
    Gail

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  2. The interior of that bridge is really something. Such different moods from top to bottom. These are wonderful pictures.

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  3. I didn't know there was another Amish community in Indiana. I knew about Shipshewanna and a community in Ohio. Great covered bridge pictures!

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  4. This is so exciting to me Lisa because as you know my brother lives in Loogootee and I have seen those Amish. One time I was in the car with my brother driving around their farms and stopped to take a picture of them plowing the fields and they quickly turn away. My brother said they think the picture will take their soul away. Don't know if its true and it didn't stop me from taking more.

    AND.....I will be coming there in August to his granddaughter's wedding!! I'm hoping we might get together and sketch those Amish!! lol Will let you know more as the time gets closer.

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  5. oh, i love covered bridges! park county indiana has about 2 dozen covered bridges. what a delightful day you can spend there!

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  6. What a great trip, Lisa! I don't know when I've ever been through a covered bridge! We do have several in Iowa... Looks like it was a beautiful day. Did you find anything to bring home?

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  7. Lisa, it's been years since I was in Logoottee! I'd forgotten there were Amish around the area. Arent those bridges beautiful? I love seeing them in Brown county. After seeing yours and T's heather, I am going to have to find a place for some here. Hers was blooming in Feb. and I was amazed. No bees here yet but hopefully soon.

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  8. What a romantic scenic road: Thanks for sharing!

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  9. What could be more satisfying than to see a honeybee in your garden? You really are lucky. Hope more Heathers grow, inviting more bees. Good luck and happy spring.

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  10. Teri, I had forgotten that your brother lives in Loogootee. What excitement. I will look forward to your visit. I will have to start practicing my plein air painting. :)

    Julie, I know several people that go the the big Covered Bridge Feastival in Parke County. I have never been to it.

    No SG I didn't find anything to bring home and plant that day. The nursery was just gearing up for the season. I did walk through their big greenhouse but it is way too early to bring anything home that they had. Everything were just tiny little plugs.

    Beckie, T's heather is the reason I was going to try just one plant to see if it grew here. After seeing that bee I couldn't help myself so I went back for more. I hope they take. T has the perfect area for them. Lots of sun.

    Thank you and Happy Spring to you Chandramouli.

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  11. What a neat bridge!
    Bees! Yay! :c)

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  12. That covered bridge is wonderful Lisa and i don't think I could have resisted taking a pic of that buggy and horse either. ;-)

    Sounds like you had a great trip!

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  13. Those covered bridges are rare. What happens if two cars meet?

    I would enjoy living in an area with Amish farmers. Interesting to see them trotting down the roads in their horse drawn buggies. I sometimes cringe because automobiles are so careless around those fragile buggies and horses.
    Marnie

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  14. I love taking the scenic routes! The covered bridge was beautiful, and well worth whatever extra time it took to get home! I do believe that horse was posing for you! I hope your heather does well and you have honey bees galore. I have found the honey bees love my basil, and have often thought if I lived more in the country I would love to keep some bees. I think basil honey would taste heavenly.

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  15. Hi Lisa....I have never even seen a covered bridge, let alone driven through one......I must show Mr P, he will be fascinated(he loves all that sort of stuff)....

    Love the heather.....I think you have the same one as me...and they are fairly lime tolerant.....

    Love the little bee....perhaps spring is with you now??

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  16. I love the images, especially the old bridge.I like reading the things that people carve into the wood from years back.

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  17. Looks like a great day and not just because you got to go plant shopping:) If you have bees already, it must be spring!

    We have an Amish community about an hour away from us, too; it's really an interesting place to visit, not to mention shopping for some of their delicious homemade goodies. My parents go there frequently for homemade bread.

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  18. Dear Lisa,
    So exciting to see the honey bee!
    I lost all my heathers in the early spring of 2007. I was so upset...
    Hope yours do well.
    Lovely drive. Covered bridges are remarkable.
    I am enjoying catching up with you!
    Sherry

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  19. I enjoyed the outing, Lisa :) Thanks for taking us along. Love that covered bridge.
    Isn't it wonderful to see blooms and bees? The heather is so pretty. I'd like to plant some in my garden.
    A ride in that buggy would be very relaxing :)

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  20. That's a beautiful covered bridge. Indiana is so scenic.

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  21. Great travel and apectacular architectural views...and also the outdoor views.
    I really hope your honey bee will grow well Lisa!

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  22. Hey Lisa -- love the honey bee on that heather. I don't have any, but it is so pretty. It grows in fields all over where I grew up -- I'm just not sure it can take our heat here. The bridge and the Amish buggy are nice photos. My SIL the vet lives in Amish country in IL and speaks often of their lifestyle. It is just so interesting, isn't it?

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  23. What a nice roadtrip, Lisa. Yea for honeybees and heath, too. Covered bridges are interesting; there are none in Nova Scotia that I know of (there may have been at one time, but no longer) but all kinds in New Brunswick, the province next door, including the longest one in the world at Hartland, NB. (I've been across it, both driving and walking. Way cool.)

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  24. Hi Lisa, what a delightful trip. The covered bridge brought back memories of the ones near our home when we lived in PA. They were a little scary to drive through, a little rickety! The horse and buggy are charming and the bee is wonderful. May I suggest to keep these shrubs pruned after blooming, mine got way larger than what the tag said and had to be removed. If only they had been kept smaller with a little clip clip! :-)
    Frances

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  25. Looks like you girls had a fun day. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  26. What a lovely wooden bridge. I like them. That's real carpenter skill. We can see them here too, but they are rare!

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