Old Horse, Sad Day 

The mare was in pain.  It showed easily in the way she stood and moved.  Her discomfort was hard to watch.  She was a beloved family horse.  Now, the days of brisk rides in fields or woods were over.  She was beyond that.  She was about 25 years old.     If you have never had […]

Found on the Internet, a Surprise 

We were pleased when a guest sent us a post “Six Totally Awesome Nature Spots in Missouri“.  #1 on the list: Clifty Creek. Now, Clifty Creek Hollow is within view from our two cottages perched on the land above the river. As it breaks out of the hollow and meanders thru the river bottom land, Clifty Creek merges with […]

Rock Eddy Bluff From On High 

We are getting that feelin’.  No, winter is not over, but neighbors are pouring over seed catalogs.  Our resident bald eagles are on their nest below the bluff.  We have been visiting old house places back in the timber hereabouts, thinking about how it was living in these hill years ago. Weather has been good enough […]

Ike, the Fat Bastard 

He got old.  He wore out.  He lived with us for fourteen years.  We know nothing about his life before he came to us, and we don’t know how old he was when he arrived.  We speak of him in the past tense because today we had to put him down. Ike died today. I […]

Clifty Creek Natural Area 

Beautiful, wild Clifty Hollow has been a revered fixture in these parts since well before I was a boy.  I can tell stories!  Ask me some time…. It is near Rock Eddy Bluff.  In fact,  the hollow can easily be seen from either Rock Eddy Bluff or the cottage at Indian House Bluff.  In winter, the lack of foliage almost […]

Dirt, Blooms, and Such 

It is something primal.  In spring we surrender to the feel of common dirt, the sacredness growing things. So much happens when spring finally arrives.  At once the world blooms forth, demanding walks in the woods, inspection of tiny leaves and the pushing forth of life. I won’t say that we are accomplished gardeners at […]