Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Wildflower Blooms

The woods are blooming with lots of Spring wildflowers

 Rue Anemone & Marsh Marigold

 Spring Cress

 Trout Lily
(Leaves look like a trout)


Monday, March 28, 2016

Eastern Towhee

If you hear a bird song that sounds like
" Drink your tea!" 
you are hearing the Eastern Towhee.
They are back.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Easter Fun

Easter egg hunt on the ranch

And the younger grandkids found the Easter bunny at Great Grandpa's nursing home!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Beautiful Kentucky

After visiting Cumberland Falls, we drove down to Big South Fork
and hiked to Yahoo Falls.

It is billed as the highest waterfall in Kentucky,
but of course, not the falls with the most waterflow.

 Next stop is Shakertown, an old Shaker community.

 Craftmanship is evident everywhere.

 And of course, there was an abundance of Shaker furniture.

 Next we stopped at the Four Roses Distillery, where they make Kentucky's famous bourbon.

 We took a tour of the facility and learned how they make bourbon.
And got to taste the sour mash as well as the finished product.

And, one of my favorite things about Kentucky is seeing the barn quilts on the barns. 
We had a fun getaway!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Kentucky Road Trip

With winter winding down, we are itching to get out and explore.
I love the bluegrass state so we headed south to Kentucky.

 First stop was the Sanders Cafe, birthplace of KFC!

 Colonel Sanders' influence was all over the cafe.  

The kitchen had been recreated from the original cafe.
And the restaurant still sells Kentucky fried chicken.

Just 20 miles away is Cumberland Falls, known as the Niagara of the south.

A neat phenomenen of the falls occurs every full moon with a clear sky.
A moonbow can be seen in the mist of the falls in the moonlight.
 I was unable to capture it with my point & shoot camera,
but this is a photo from the web that shows similar to what we saw.
The moonbow appears white to the human eye,
 but the colors can be captured with long exposure photos.
Moonbows are only seen at Cumberland Falls & at Victoria Falls in Africa.
More scenes from Kentucky to Follow.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Monday, March 7, 2016

Finding a Shed Antler

We try to grab a horseback ride whenever the conditions allow.
Today was a good day for a ride and we found something on our ride.

Can you see it?

A nice size shed antler.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Maple Time

The temps are moderating and the winter is winding down.
Time to make Maple syrup!

First buckets & bags are hung on spigots in the trees.

 As the temps rise above freezing during the day and drop below at night,
the sap moves up & down the tree trunk feeding the growing buds.

 The bags & buckets fill with the clear sap.

 We collect the sap and when we have enough, begin the boiling process.
This batch we have 50 gallons, plus another 10 we collected after the boil started.

The evaporator is fired up and boiling.

The finished batch.
About 1-1/2 gallons of syrup.

Bottles from two different batches of sap.  
On the left, made in early February,
on the right, made in late February.