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 […]

The Rock Point at Indian House Bluff

It is not far.  Just down an ancient path leading from the cottage.  Following the narrow, winding path through the trees, footsteps lead out onto a level rock point jutting over the Gasconade river valley. It has been an important location for centuries.  It is where many of my boyhood memories were inscribed.  Many years […]

On the Coast of Wales

She finds scraps of wood on the beach.  At home she converts them into whimsical miniature paintings of scenes of her adopted home in Wales.  They are visually pleasing and seem to me to be coaxing our presence into the scene.  They harken to a way of life that contrasts with our own. I include them […]

Green Up

These are time times we all yearn to be shed of winter — man and beast! My feeling on the subject is already known. But, consider these cattle on the pasture across the river. They too yearn for green. Look closely and you can see the beginnings of green grass. Very soon “green up” will arrive in these hills. Already you […]

Winter’s Isolation Circa 1850

Snow, bitter cold, and confinement have me considering.  What would it have been like in years past?  Now, consider that you have been relocated to the mid-1800’s in a log cabin in the woods or a soddy out on the prairie.  The first priority is providing heat — some way to combat the terror of […]

Through the Eyes of a Child

We adults can sometimes gain a sense of how a child is learning, knowing, wondering.  So, Kathy and I appreciate when one of our younger visitors leaves us something that gives us a clue about how they experienced Rock Eddy Bluff Farm.  Ivy and her family have stayed with us at Turkey Ridge Cottage on several […]

The Wondrous World of Travel

A few years ago Homer Simpson proclaimed, “Everything you need to know is on TV.” That, of course, was before the internet exploded into its present state.  Now you can find it all on your IPhone.  Anything! We are reminded of this after a young woman, Kate, visited Rock Eddy Bluff Farm last fall.  When she emailed […]