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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Springfield, IL - Lincoln's Town

Last week we traveled west to join a Road Scholar trip in St. Charles, MO.  More on that in future posts.  On the way we stopped over in Springfield, IL to see Lincoln's home, Library and Museum.  The former is a National Park and free while the latter is a private entity with admission that was well worth it.

Lincoln's home - originally a single story had a second story added with very high ceilings.  It's draped with mourning bunting.


The Park Service owns the entire two blocks which is closed off to vehicular traffic.



The front parlor.


Lincolns law practice was very lucrative as you can see from the way these rooms are decorated.



Mrs. Lincoln's sewing desk below.


Lincoln's bed


Adjoining room for Mrs. Lincoln.


Lincoln's shaving mirror mounted rather high.


The kitchen where Mrs. Lincoln became an accomplished cook with assistance from servants.


The stove was a gift to Mary from Abe.


Lincoln's law office behind statues.


Old State capitol.


Lincoln's tomb.



It was pilgrimage weekend for the Boy Scouts.  Here the honor guard is entering the tomb to stand guard.



At the Lincoln Museum photos were limited to the plaza.





If you go plan to spend a good two hours in the Museum.  It is well worth the price and the visit.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

First Harvest of 2015 - A Basket of Greens

Here's the basket of greens.


There was a little bok choy.


Some leaf lettuce.


Some tatsoi thinnings.


Some spinach.


They all went into a pan of hot olive oil with some garlic (from last year's harvest) and served for dinner this evening as wilted greens.  They were good.

Update on what's happening in the garden in future posts.  I'm doing battle with voles eating my snow peas.  I won't get any from my first sowing and hope the voles don't find my second sowing.

Other harvests over at Daphne's Dandelions.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Bleeding Hearts

I love this spring time plant.
It may self seed but that means I just have more to spread around the garden.  And as an early spring bloomer it is a nice sight to see where ever it is.



Volunteer by the deck I just haven't had the heart to pull out.








Volunteers (top & bottom) waiting to be transplanted.







Look what else is showing.





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