Sunday, May 31, 2015

What do May flowers bring?

Smiles...our little yard in OH is full of bloomers!
 Though some are bug-bitten and bedraggled
 Our little bloomers keep on blooming!
 They make us smile over and over and over again.

Bless their little yellow hearts!

 Our hanging baskets continue to impress...
 They were obviously grown with love
 And worth every penny we paid for them!

 Little Rosy, our miniature yellow rose bush...
She is busting out all over!
 We have not just blossoms, but these gorgeous green globes!
Note the trademark construction technique. 
As a friend of mine quipped, "Red Green lives!"
Yarrow! Our little yarrow patch is blooming, too
Of course we have our summer bloomers coming on. Pinky the Pet Geranium is growing more lush by the day.
Her pale pink blossoms surely will come.
Daisy Nation is growing like Kudzu...we eagerly anticipate this most happy bunch of bloomers!

And we have Easter Lilies coming back, along with our usual mid-summer crop of day lilies.

We have a happy little home!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Southside Dam and Powerhouse

Downriver from the Laboratory Cotton Mill in Lincoln County, NC, was the mill and hillside village known as Southside. The train ran between the mill and the village, and a local creek supplied water for the steam locomotives back in the day. My father grew up across the river and over the bluffs on Laboratory Mill hill, but he loved this river, and particularly the stretch below the Southside Dam. Today, at age 83, he was able to walk one more time down the rail bed to the dam, and then down the trail to the river. Danabug and I were honored to follow him to his favorite place.

 On the Carolina Thread least for a few minutes
 The old powerhouse
 Pop and Danabug
 The South Fork of the Catawba River
 Don't you just want to go lay down in the rapids?
 The whole river runs through this gate now!
 The dam
 The Bug, looking for a rock to take back to the cairn
 Another view of the rapids
 Looking up at the powerhouse
 Sycamore across the river
 Now THAT'S a rock!
 Where the water ran through the turbines
 Beautiful sky!
 My father's favorite fishing spot: the island.
 The old rock wall below the rail road
 The road to Long Shoals
 Pop, recollecting so much today
 Above the dam
 Waterfall on a creek...people could drive their cars into a shallow pool above the fall and wash them!
 Back in the day, this water filled a large tank from which the steam locomotives could be filled.
 Where the old bridge crossed over the railroad from the mill to the village. The old store building still stands, just out of sight.
Ferocious guard dog, lol!