Tuesday, July 25, 2017

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PURPLE PESTO

If you can get your hands on
some fresh purple basil,
you will love this recipe
to make your own Purple Pesto.

1/3 cup almonds (roasted/salted)
2 oz. purple basil, peeled leaves
2 large cloves garlic, peeled
1/2 tsp coarse salt
4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

Chop all ingredients (not the oil)
in food processor or by hand
to the consistency you like.

With food processor running,
drizzle olive oil and salt gradually.

Your kitchen will smell wonderful.

Hint: weigh the basil, or pack
leaves to fill a 2-cup measure.

(You can refrigerate or freeze.)

Monday, July 24, 2017

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HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW

Watching and weeding,
tilling and feeding.

What fun to enjoy
beautiful food growing.

(Even in this heat!)

Sunday, July 23, 2017

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HOT MEETS COLD

Here's what happens when
oppressive hot and humid air
sits on top of our spring-fed
Missouri streams!

Visibility zero!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

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ICE COLD FUN

Here's a fun idea
when temperatures get in the 100's.

Get the gang together.

Head to Art Hill
(which is famous for sledding
in the winter time). 

Everyone (especially the kids)
bring a block of ice,
and a towel.

Sled down the hill
on your ice block.

It takes balance,
so easy does it.

Now you're ice block sledding!
 

Friday, July 21, 2017

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I ❤️ TOMATOES

Especially home-grown
just-picked summertime
ones, shaped like hearts!

 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

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IT'S HOT

The dashboard in my car
says it all.   It's hot.

Most days are in excess of 100˚(F).

(Drinking lots of water.)

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

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A GREAT
RAW SUMMER SALAD

Mix mini cherry tomatoes,
fresh cut corn kernels
and minced basil leaves.

Drizzle with light vinaigrette
and serve cold.

So easy, so delicious.

Happy Summer. 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

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FRESH TASTE
OF SUMMER

Nothing says summertime
like an ear (or two) of
 fresh picked corn on the cob. 

(Don't forget the butter.)

Monday, July 17, 2017

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FLOATING BEAUTY

Water lilies in bloom. 

I like the floating pads
as much as the
perfect blossoms.


Sunday, July 16, 2017

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PLUM PERFECT

If you think this year's
peaches are good,

try the home-grown plums!

So special.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

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 NEW ROAD
TO THE CABIN

No more hiking into the cabin.

This luxurious road was built
by a gracious neighbor
(up the hill)
with hard work and a tractor.

It hugs the river,
and certainly won't survive
the next flood.

But no complaints here.
I can now deliver supplies
by car!

Friday, July 14, 2017

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HOME GROWN PEACHES
ARE HERE

Nothing better.

Someone make me a pie!
  

Thursday, July 13, 2017

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MERAMEC RIVER ROCKS

. . . come in such interesting
shapes and sizes.

I love 'em.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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SYCAMORE STUMP

This ol' sycamore stump
ain't ready to die.

Since the flood,
it has exploded
with new growth.

(Maybe it just needed a good watering.)



 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

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LOTUS PODS
 
Seed pods of the sacred lotus
are rising from the depths,
transformed from blossoms.

Every part of this magnificent
water plant is a joy to behold.

(And photograph.)

Monday, July 10, 2017

Sunday, July 9, 2017

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ANTIQUES ROAD SHOW
COMES TO ST. LOUIS

I was lucky enough to get
tickets to this popular 
appraisal event,
and stood in line with 
a thousand other collectors
with their "priceless items."

I did find out that my autographed
 edition of "Our Friend The Atom" 
by Walt Disney is actually
appraised at $2,000
(mostly because the signature
is genuine!)

Can't wait to see if I make it
on the broadcast.
 

Saturday, July 8, 2017

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UP AGAINST
THE WALL

Sometimes things grow
in the most unlikely of places.

And thrive despite the odds.

(Nature is amazing.)

Friday, July 7, 2017

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HOT DAYS
FOG THINGS UP
AT RICHART SPRING
Hot humid weather
creates a blanket of fog
above cold spring waters.
Our clear Ozark springs
feel ice cold as they come 
from the ground,
but they average 56-degrees (F).
(Too cold for a swim,
but perfect for making fog.)

Thursday, July 6, 2017

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Ella, Metta & Eli

More trouble than they look.

But these three had a blast
down at the river
  for the 4th of July. 

Monday, July 3, 2017

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STILL LEGAL HERE

Here in Missouri,
fireworks and firecrackers
are still legal to buy, to shoot.

Although some cities
  have outlawed them. 

I worry about wildlife,
pets and bees,
and try to shoot them
in safe places.

Aerial displays are planned
for the next two nights,
but I plan on being 
far from the city.

Happy Fourth of July!
Be safe.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

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 WHITE SWAN
CONEFLOWERS

Technically,
Echinacea Purpura.

Beautiful show-stopper
in the perennial garden.



Saturday, July 1, 2017

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RIVER ROCKS

Meramec River gravel bars
 are a lesson in geology.

A variety of rocks and minerals,
and occasionally
shapes so unique you'd think 
you were holding an ancient tool. 

Maybe it's a sign.
(Happy July, everyone.) 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

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HIGH ABOVE
THE MERAMEC

On a hilltop
overlooking the
Meramec River.

A perfect day 
for a float trip
along this spring-fed
Missouri river.

Summertime U.S.A. 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

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LOTUS LEAVES

Even before
their perfect blossoms
rise from still waters,
the Sacred Lotus
shades itself with
 perfect umbrella leaves.

Beautiful!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

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THE PROMISE OF WILDFLOWERS

The joy of finding a stand
of black eyed Susans,
perfectly planted, wild
and catching me by surprise.

Monday, June 26, 2017

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RICHART SPRING

One of many springs
that feed into the Meramec River.

The source of Richart Spring
starts in the front yard of our
cabin and property.

Following our recent and tragic floods,
it's good to see the land and river
restored to its natural balance.

(This shot was taken yesterday
at 6:00am, dawn's first light.)
 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

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RIVER RETREAT

Recent floods on the Meramec
have removed our access road and drive,
but the cabin remains a peaceful sanctuary.

Always worth the hike in!