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Pretty Wildflower


I have no idea how this came into my yard but I have been watching this grow for the past month. Yesterday I noticed one flower that had opened, so as much as I tried (it was very windy), I got at least one photo worth posting. Today there are three that has opened. BTW there are two plants growing close to each other.

I had no idea what kind of flower this was since I could not find one exactly like it in my Wildflower Book. So after finding the one that was shaped a lot like it (a Wild Columbine) I went to the page with the description and it told me what it was. Yes it is a Columbine but it is a fairly rare Columbine. There are more and more of them appearing in the United States now. It is a European Columbine. Very pretty indeed.European-Columbine-2

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Black Rock Barren


_MG_2663 _MG_2672 Black-RockBarrens Fungi Fungus Hiking-man

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Yes it is!


5-O'clock-Somewhere

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Spring is soon upon us


Had two days of 60+ degree temps. Soon we will be enjoying the sunshine along with warmth.

Ready to work in the garden now.

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A Little To Early


Wednesday, October 8, 2014. The first day for a while that the weather will be nice enough to get out into a State Park. But which state park was the question. I was looking for trees that had changed into their fall colors and there are only a few in the area that I thought might have changed into all the beautiful shades of reds, yellows, oranges and yes even the light green.
Well, I arrived at about noon since I had such a late start. Rough night so it makes it hard to get up when you’re still tired. I went into the Inn when I arrived and was just browsing around to see if there was anything there that might interest me. They have the typical items for sale at the gift shop and most of it does not interest me. I did however browse through the crystals they had and did end up purchasing a couple. The Rose Quartz that is about 2½”x2”x¾”. The rose quartz is pink in color. Mine is not polished and is still a rough stone. The Ancients believe that rose quartz prevented wrinkles and helped women have a beautiful complexion. It was also believed to open the heart to receive and give love more freely. The origin of Rose Quartz is Africa.
The Blue Agate Slice which is about 4”x3½”x ¼”. There is not much to say about the Agate Slice except it is from South America. The formation is ancient in origin.

Blue Agate Slice

Blue Agate Slice


Rose Quartz

Rose Quartz

Its like I said in the title. I was a little to early for the fall colors but it was still an enjoyable day walking in the woods on the trails that were rather wet from the rain we had the past few days. Still all in all worth the effort.

Part of the suspension bridge with a little color

Part of the suspension bridge with a little color

Cliff face on trail 4

Cliff face on trail 4

Leaf on a hand rail

Leaf on a hand rail

Hey they repainted the Narrows Bridge

Hey they repainted the Narrows Bridge

A very small waterfall on trail 1

A very small waterfall on trail 1

Cliff face, looking up at trail 2

Cliff face, looking up at trail 2

That’s it. About two hours of walking and stopping to take a few photographs along the way. The colors are changing more outside the park then they are inside. Go figure I drive 45 minutes to find this out. 🙂

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Florence Missouri


Once again this information is from Florence Treasured Memories

Florence was founded in 1837, just two years after Chicago was officially organized as a town. The land grant was entered from the government by Williams after whom the settlement was first named, Williamsburg. Later it was called Nigger Hill, because, as tradition has it, a freed negro settled there and opened a little store. Later when a post office was secured the village was given its present name.

Florence before the Civil War was a thriving town of 500 inhabitants, located on the trail from Boonville to Springfield according to J. F. Casdorph. Here were a hotel, three stores, two blacksmith shops and five saloons. Two large packing houses gave a decided impetus towards prosperity. Hogs were raised on a large scale, sold to the packing houses and later taken to Boonville on scooner wagons drawn by oxen. The returning wagons freighted the necessary supplies back to Florence.

Florence in the days before the war was the center of activity for surrounding county. On Saturday the village was thronged with people from the prairie south of town, then known as “The Nation,” from Akinsville and Versailles. Here they met for horse racing, foot racing, shooting matches and fights. News of a proposed fight would spread for miles around and bring an even larger crowd. Many interesting are the traditional tales of encounters in those days.

In addition to the saloons a barrel of whiskey stood in each store and here each newcomer filled his canteen with agility as the heavy dew or snake bite required. Another place of entertainment was the bowling alley which was popular for miles around.

The late William Baughman was the first Postmaster of Florence and was one of the best-known blacksmiths in the section, and much business came to him from as far as Versailles and Tipton.

The old tan yard near Overton place, was once a thriving business, as was the nearly forgotten pottery plant which was owned by J.M. Hummel.

In 1863 several of the buildings were moved to Sedalia. Among the stores moved was the one owned by Major Beck.

However, today Florence is a model little village with its wide neatly-kept main street, attractive places of business and industrious, prosperous and public-spirited citizens.

Note: There were a few stores left in Florence and I did photograph most of them. None were in business anymore but one had been purchased by a couple who were restoring it. I did get permission to go inside and photograph it. I felt like I had walked back into time when I entered the rooms. It is named “The Ambush” and it is a bar and restaurant.

I have been reading the book I purchased for a whopping $5 about Florence and really enjoying it. Through these memories of the residences of Florence and the surrounding countryside I am imagining living in those days. Although it took place in Missouri it more than likely happened in the whole United States during the early stages of this countries growth. So I hope you enjoyed these two blogs as well as I did creating them.

The General Store

The General Store

An old gas station

An old gas station

The bank (brick building) and post office

The bank (brick building) and post office


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The Ambush

Dining/drinking area

Dining/drinking area

Dinning/drinking area

Dinning/drinking area

The bar inThe Ambush

The bar inThe Ambush

Behind the bar

Behind the bar

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