Thursday, October 31, 2013

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Frosty Morning

I knew it was coming, but not looking forward to it.
Our first hard frost.

Winter isn't too far off.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Hiking at Turkey Run

No Autumn is complete until we hike a state park.
This year we visited Turkey Run State Park with our granddaughter.

The leaves aren't as vibrant as usual, but Sugar Creek was still beautiful.

 Granddaughter Liddy heads across the suspension bridge eager to explore.

 Rocky Hollow is always a challenging hike,

 even for dogs!

 We found a face on a tree.

We hiked to the Narrows covered bridge.

 And Turkey Run Hollow was fun to explore.

Despite sprinkles and cool temps, we all had fun.

Sometimes even being silly!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Painting the Town

The girls in the family had a "girls' night out"
and became painters for the night.
An artist talks you through painting a picture.  
Our subject was the Boilermaker Special, the Purdue train.

Wielding her brush

I'm having fun
Grandma is intent on her work.

The painters

The finished projects!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Little Snake

I found this little garter snake on the trail.

Not too much longer and he'll have to hibernate.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Des Moines Farm Market

We attended a wedding in Des Moines, Iowa
and wandered around the downtown farmers market before the festivities.

It was a fabulous market with not only tons of fresh produce,

But beautiful fresh flowers & Fall decorations.

And you won't go hungry either - many choices of ready to eat food.
Everything from breakfast,
To original snacks & ethnic food.

There was also entertainment for the kids.
Isn't this perfect for a Midwestern town?

And every street corner had musicians. 
There were lots of crafts too, but I was too busy shopping to get a snapshot!
 Don't miss the farmers market if you are there on a Saturday,
it is a slice of the heartland!
 An Iowa Sunrise

Monday, October 7, 2013

BIG Spider

While catching up on the mowing after our trip.
I spotted this guy hanging from a tree branch on a his web silk.

 He was a big one, about the size of a quarter!

Sunday, October 6, 2013


We spent several days in Quebec before boarding our ship.

 Quebec City has a distinct European feel with stone buildings & narrow streets.

The Upper Town of Quebec is surrounded by an old wall and sits atop a high bluff.

 Lower Town Quebec sits below the wall.
It is accessed by steep steps or using the funicular seen at the back of the photo.

Quebec's skyline is dominated by the Chateau Frontenac Hotel.

 There are many beautiful parks, fountains & statues.

Art is everywhere, even on the side of buildings.

 And there are street musicians

 And performers.

I thought Quebec was a lovely city.