Monday, September 28, 2009

Out of the Garden

Here in Knox County Indiana there is the Indiana Military Museum.  While I am not all that interested in such things being the supportive spouse that I am I attended the Second Annual Living History Event with my Dearly Beloved.


This Event is a salute to the Veterans of WWII.  I was pleasantly surprised at the turn out at this small but interesting venue.
The Participants were all dressed up.

They were really into the era they chose to portray.

Along with all the American uniforms and equipment there was a representative of the Germans.

Ther was even a woman portraying a Russian woman soldier.

It was interesting to hear all their stories as to how they became interested in this.  They collect uniforms and equipment of the time.

Here are a few pictures for those of you that like all the equipment that is on display at a place like this.

At one point they actually started up this brute.  I can't imagine having to work with one of these.



Obviously there were items here from other than WWII era. 



There was an area that was set up like they would have been out on maneuvers.

They even had a paper and people that delivered messages on bikes.

Inside a big building they had displays behind glass that showed items from the Civil War...

to the present.

As I mentioned it was well worth the drive out to see what it was all about.  If you are ever in SW Indiana you might like to stop in and take a look around.  If you want to check out the Living History Event you can always check their web site here and plant to attend.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Question and Answer

My question to you is, do you know what this growth is on this lily??  This lily did so well this spring with all the rain. There are several of them planted together.  One got to almost 6'tall. This was the first year that I had to stake them.  This one didn't get so tall and then it developed this, what ever it is on it. I have never seen such a thing before.  Have you??

Gail over at Clay and Limestone asked how much rain have we received lately. The answer is...

I emptied the gauge a couple of days ago and we haven't had rain since.  Believe me this doens't bring us up to our normal amounts for the  month but I have hopes that we will get more.  The skies have been looking quite promising. Even the turkey vultures sitting on the big tower don't want to get up and about.

I hope your area is having just the right amount of rain needed, the sun is shining and you don't have any garden pests. 

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Seven Things Meme

Some time ago Carol over at Maydreams Garden asked me, and several others, to do a meme of Seven Things about me.  I have finally slowed down long enough to do this EVEN though I have done this before.  A long time ago when I first started blogging.  Now lets see if I can think of seven new things you don't know about me.

Today is a perfect illustration of one of the seemingly odd (to some people) thing about me.  I love to walk in the rain.  Now I am not talking a storm but a nice gentle rain.  Just enough rain to keep most people inside so I feel like I have the entire neighborhood/park or where ever I might be walking to myself.

Secondly I have a darling dog named Luna.  This comes as no surprise to anyone who reads my blog regularly.  When you have a dog, especially a big dog, those walks are more frequent and believe me she doesn't care if it is raining, snowing or anything else except extreme heat.  Then she would prefer to stay inside with the AC on.  I have actually done a meme for her at the request of someone. You can go here to read it if you didn't read it before or wouldlike to know more about her.

Thirdly, I find it difficult to talk about myself.  I, as most people, don't find myself all that interesting.

Fourthly, since becoming more sensitive to the sun and my arthritis gives me fits more often I have begun to paint in watercolors.  This is a way I can enjoy my garden while sitting in the shade and not exerting so much.  At this point I must thank my Dearly Beloved who has started taking an interest in the garden since he retired.  He does a lot of the heavy work around here now.  He also says I should tell you that I like to create gardens but I don't like to weed. Which brings me to the fifth thing about me. It is true that I haven't totally embraced weeding.  While Carol can make something as mundane as weeding sound like the thing to be doing my mind just can't wrap itself around that chore.  I probably won't ever have the veggie garden of my dreams because my DB would have to do a lot of work to get it ready and alas, I hate to weed. 

Sixth, I am not at all techy.  I have switched my Blogger account over to the new uploading system for photos and have made a big mistake of putting my photos and post for my other blog, Artsy Endeavors, on this, my garden blog.  It is very frustrating.  I find anything other than typing or better yet reading on the computer frustrating. 

Sixthly, I am a big Colts Fan.  Now, I am not just a recent Colts fan but a long time, before the Manning dynasty, Colts fan.   Actually football is my favorite sport to watch.  I guess it is because in my family there were a lot of football fans and players.  While I can watch some golf or volleyball because I have played some and I have watched some baseball and basketball because my children played I would much rather just park myself on the sofa with a beer and a bowl of popcorn and let the games play on.  Of course when the Colts play the Steelers it is such fun because my Sister is a big time long time Steeler fan.  What's the matter with her?? tee hee...


Lastly, I am something of a Bibliophile. Our house makes a great deposit for all the books I have.  The only bad thing is our house is small and it is already stuffed with books.  I have a cabinet full of garden books that I read and reread. We have several bookcases and tables full of books. Birding, travel guides, reference books about nature.  I have made myself learn to get rid of books that I don't intend to read a second time or that just collect dust for what ever reason. 

So, my dear readers this is it.  All I can think of right now.  I hope the sun is shining on you even if the rain comes down.  Happy weekend.

P.S. I can't count either.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Skywatch Friday - 9-18-09

The sky is trying to wring out some rain for us.  The garden is suffering since we haven't had more than a half inch of rain since mid August.  Sigh~~  It makes for some lovely skies though.


I hope you have a wonderful weekend.  For more skywatching go here.

You know its fall when

You know its fall when the leaves start turning colors and collecting on the patio. Another sign is when Teri starts talking about going to AZ.


I hope everyone has a great weekend.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - September 2009

I have the typical fall flowers giving their all right now. The older toad lilies are blooming and the Japanese Aneomones are blooming up a storm.
Yellow Mum
Amazingly the Niko Blue Hydrangea is having another blooming spell.
The Carpet Rose is giving one last bloom or two.  I think if it would rain I would have more blooms.

This rudi of some sort died back to the ground when it got so dry here.  I cut down what didn't die down and now it is having another little blooming spell.
The annuals are all at their peak.  It is lovely now that the heat of the day isn't so hot.  If you want to see more blooms go to Carols for the full list of GBBD posters.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Skywatch Friday - Round barn

While out looking for a plein air sketching opportunity the clouds kept distracting me. What a neat old barn we found. Still being used by evidence of cows in the pasture around it.

Happy weekend to you skywatchers out there. For more Skywatch Friday post go here.