Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Taxes & Snow!

It snowed on April 15th.
Taxes due & snow! 
A double whammy.

Tag left the barn this morning & looked back at me as if to say,
"Are you responsible for this?".

 Snowy daffodil



Sunday, April 13, 2014

Wildflowers are Blooming

After such a long torturous winter,
there are finally signs that it is receding.

Bloodroot, so named because if you pluck it, it will bleed red sap.

A hillside of wildflowers

 Dutchman's Breeches, one of my favorites.


A dewy wild crocus

I even found this little red cup fungus.
Welcome Spring!


I've struggled growing asparagus here.
I tried digging a plot for it in a sunny spot,
 but the grass always encroached and took over and it ended up getting mowed.
Last year I planted some in my raised bed and crossed my fingers.
Last week I spotted some promising sprouts.

Finger sized shoots!

I checked today and wow, some was at least a foot tall.
Time to harvest!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Tag is 27

Tag is celebrating his 27th birthday today.
Happy birthday Old Fella!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Who Goes There?

Looks like a mink & an earthworm have been exploring the mud flats.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Three & a Half Inches of Rain

Two days of rain totaling 3.5 inches.
Lots of flooding.

The overlook before the storm.

The overlook after the storm

 Flooded S curve on the creek

 Flooded lowlands

Creek is way out of its banks

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Free Chocolate!

Yep.  You read that right. Free chocolate!
Richmond also has a chocolate trail.
So, in addition to finding fairy dwellings, we enjoyed some delicious chocolate too.
 Perfect for mom & grandma.

 Just pick up a chocolate passport at the Old National Road Welcome Center
and present it at each stop for a chocolate treat.

Your treats include a brownie, a scoop of chocolate ice cream,
a brownie scented candle, chocolate jelly beans, a chocolate donut, a cookie or even chocolate wine.
And there are several handmade chocolate treats,
 such as this artisan chocolate bunny that looked too good to eat.

Richmond surprised us with its lovely murals on many of the downtown buildings.

 The furniture store in an old downtown building had toy trains on the third floor, 
including this train the kids could ride on.

 And we found other treasures there too, such as this castle made of coins,
a huge 14 foot bunny, and a knight  in shining armor.
 In addition, the kids got to ride an old freight elevator and watch the floors go by as we rode up!

 Nothing escapes Heidi, who found this secret compartment in a brick wall.

 It contained a note with good tidings inside.

The Two Sisters bookstore had a clever mystery section
 as well as a Harry Potter room and comfy reading area.

 We enjoyed lunch inside a double decker bus inside the pizza parlor!

Richmond was a fun time!