Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A Man I Never Met, My Grandfather

I never got to meet or know my grandfather on my moms side of the family as he died shortly after I was born. This is a reason why photos are so important. Just as important is putting information on them or, if digital, you keep the real metadata file.

My grandfather in his early days as a railroad worker.

My grandfather on the left. The guy on the right may have been some sort of conductor. He's wearing a watch and looks like he's carrying papers, maybe train routes and times in a terminal or yard.

 This is my grandfather with his youngest daughter, my aunt Zoe. This was taken in front of their house in Knoxville, TN. Looks like they had a pretty heavy snowfall that year.The house had a wood cooking stove in the kitchen and one in a front room for heating. I was only in the house one time before my step grandmother died but I remember it well. Very plain with little furnishings. My grandfather had moved  up to conductor by this time of his career. He 7 kids of which 3 were sons. One was a full time railroad man. The other two were part time conductors making weekend runs.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Hanging On with Bright Colors and Some Out of the Norm

This tree is hanging in there. It doesn't want to let go of its beauty but is showing signs of weakening, given into the inevitable....its winter look.

The Burning Bush is staying tough. Of course it is somewhat protected from the winds and cold but its days too are numbered.

A color that is not normally considered a fall color so much. This bush gets lots of little white flowers on each branch which turn into a small berry. The purple berry stays through the winter and then in March the berries start to turn dark brown to black. The birds feast on them, many are Robins, and by mid to late April all is gone and it is time to trim the plant back to about six inches above the ground.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Thanks for the Redirection

This is what happens when you get redirected on a detour due to a presidential speech. The previous post showed where we ended up on this outing but this will show the historical town of Lebanon, OH. It's noted for its antiques as well as The Golden Lamb restaurant. Lots of churches of various designs, lots of old buildings dating back over 100 yrs. and lots of majestic old trees. Next door, just up the road a few miles is Waynesville, OH. It is considered the midwest capital of antiquing but the town is not nearly as cool as Lebanon. The last picture is of a house, formerly a local winery, just north of Lebanon. All the pictures were taken from a moving vehicle. Click to enlarge the photos.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Irons Fruit Farm for Apples

The wife and I went to Irons Fruit Farm yesterday to get apples and cider. I had been there before but not at this time of the year. I knew they had stuff for kids like hayrides but not the animals.


Apple Store

Farm House






Horse and Implements


Blocking Down Town

As well as blocking the main drag through the town of Lebanon, OH at 48 N/S and 123 E/W, the entrance to The Golden Lamb ( ) was interfered with. The Republicans use the GL as a backdrop every presidential election year. This year is no difference. The blockade started yesterday and he showed up today at 5 PM. We came across this on our way to Irons Fruit Farm southeast of Lebanon off SR123.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Frosty moisture is in the air and the colors are starting to really stand out. Maybe another week and you could say they have peaked here in southern Ohio.

Monday, October 8, 2012

This Says Fall

Nothing says Fall like pumpkin pie other than maybe pumpkin spiced coffee. This beats Starbucks all the way back to the west coast. Along with a new back splash (self installed ) and counter top, I thought this would be a fitting close to a project that went well....all considering.

Fall, Time of Necessity and Beauty

Color for us humans and the setting of seeds and fruit for the wildlife.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Good Luck Thursday Morning.

Nothing like seeing a rainbow early in the day. It's a sign your day will be good.