Sunday, June 24, 2012

Uphill In Both Directions


Rock Star and I spent three days in Grafton, Illinois for a business-mixed-with-pleasure trip. We stayed at the beautiful Aeries Winery high on the river bluffs of the Mississippi. The photos taken for their website at http://www.aerieswinery.com must have been taken in winter. Our view from the balcony was this beautiful pool and breathtaking scenery looking over the trees at the river.

I took a walk early in the morning and found the woods surrounding our condo to be a soothing respite from the already hot temperatures of the Midwest summer.

A two lane path beckoned and birds chirped a cheery morning tune. I couldn’t seem to manage to get a photo of anything more mobile than a tree, so I’m sharing the path, the trees and plants along the way.
The Path
Nature's Textures
How can anything so lovely be called a weed?
I found a big patch of wild berries which the birds were kind enough to share. Yum!
Berry Patch
Sweet Red Berries
Next time I’m going to zipline through the woods and I promise I’ll take more photos. The entire three days I kept thinking “I should share this with my blogger friends” but most often I forgot to take my camera or, sillier yet, I never took it out of my bag. Not quite a professional yet, am I?

Well, if you live nearby do take a look at Aeries’ website and you will see why I highly recommend a stay there when you need to get away from it all for a mini vacation only minutes from St. Louis. It is lovely and the staff could not be nicer. Be prepared to walk uphill – a lot…


Saturday, June 16, 2012

What the Hail ?

Two Inch Deep Hail
I would like to know just what I did to tick off Mother Nature. My mailbox garden has been chewed to the ground by something, I don’t know what. And now this. A vicious and lengthy hail storm hit my neighborhood while I was at work twenty-six miles away. My shade garden is a shambles and most of my green tomatoes were knocked off the plants and strewn about the ground. I think I need a hug…