Friday, September 24, 2010

Road Trip



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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Get Ready For Fall 9/22/2010 Autumnal equinox doesn't officially begin until 11:09 tonight

Saturday, October 16 & Sunday, October 17 - Conkle's Hollow

Conkle's Hollow is a wonderful place to enjoy the splendor of an Ohio autumn. Choose the accessibility of the Lower Gorge trail or the more challenging Upper Rim trail. READ MORE

Today is one of the only two days a year when the day and night are equal length. Make every minute count!

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Celebrate the cool, crisp days ahead with a picnic at Conkle’s Hollow.

hollow 017 I’ll tell you what I’m not looking forward to; the loss of about two minutes of light each day. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you make the most of each and every day. I try to live one day at a time and enjoy each moment as it comes.

Autumn days are here again!

In autumn when the trees are brown
The little leaves come tumbling down
They do not make the slightest sound
But lie so quietly on the ground
Until the wind comes puffing by
And blows them off towards the sky.

The winds will blow their own freshness into you,
and the storms their energy,
while cares will drop away from you
like the leaves of Autumn.

Fall poem by John Muir

Sunday, September 19, 2010

A trip back in time to Malabar Farm where Louis Bromfield used to hang his hat

Love those frugal one tank trips. Today we are going to visit “Malabar Farm where Sustainable farming meets environmental, economic, and social objectives simultaneously.” A THAT’S MY WORLD TUESDAY POST 

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Malabar Farm State Park
4050 Bromfield Rd. Lucas,OH. is S.E. of Mansfield,Ohio and just a few short miles from interstate 71 on Pleasant Valley Rd.


Denise Vales (our very capable guide) is standing beside Mr. Bromfields restored 1946 Willys Jeep which he used for farm chores. Next a little about Mr. Bromfield:

Louis Bromfield December 27, 1896 – March 18, 1956 was an American author and conservationist who gained international recognition winning the Pulitzer Prize and pioneering innovative scientific farming concepts.One of Mansfield, Ohio's most famous natives, his home was Malabar Farm near Lucas, Ohio, from 1939 until his death in 1956. Bromfield was also friends with some of the most celebrated personalities of his era, including famous architect F. F. Schnitzer, and provided the location for Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall's wedding.CLICK to read more from Wikipedia… Let’s take a look inside:


 If you are at all interested in checking out Mr. Bromfields award winning books please visit the Quality Time Bromfield Bookstore



Mr. Bromfield was a gracious host. Many famous people of the time visited Malabar Farm.

FRAMEDWEDDING  Next photo is of the Honeymoon suite. Notice the separate beds (style of the time) but at least the beds had rollers on them. LOL



In this collage you can see one of a couple original Grandma Moses paintings (Winter Scene). Now you tell me, who is in the photo  bottom right.



Malabar Farm Visitors Center, Malabar Farm Restaurant, Malabar Farm Produce Stand and even an International Hostel with an ever flowing natural spring bottom right. I always like to talk a little about food: “To experience fine French Cuisine locally you need only travel outside Mansfield , Ohio to Malabar Farm in Lucas.  Enjoy our signature Chicken Caesar Salade and a cup of Forest Mushroom Soupe, hand cut Steaks or Blackened Salmon.” CLICK on above link to read more.

joetoddjeep Joe Todd says, “Thanks for stopping by and if you stay at the Hostel;”              ( 1946 was a great year)



Special thanks to Ohio State Parks and Denise Vales


Thursday, September 16, 2010

Famous Ohio Farmland as seen from Mt. Jeez Overlook

A one tank trip from Lancaster,Ohio to view some famous Ohio farmland. (More posts will follow)

A SkyWatch Friday Post 







Have four figured out where this is?  A HINT: On May 21, 1945,  Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall's wedding and honeymoon took place at this farm. (I wasn’t even born yet)


bogart Thanks for stopping by and make sure to visit SkyWatch Friday.


Pretty typical Ohio skies for this time of year,not real exciting.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Lives Devastated Slow Down Out There……………………………………………

Doesn’t matter whether you are from Lancaster,Columbus,Hilliard or Podunk…JUST SLOW DOWN……………………………………………………



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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Lithopolis Honeyfest:: Ohio’s Honey Festival (Art Of Apiculture)

 Linda and I left Lancaster,Ohio and drove just a few miles to Lithopolis,Ohio to celebrate National Honey Month,meet old friends and make new ones. The grounds of the Wagnalls Memorial Library made a BeesPerfect setting for the event. For more on the library and Lithopolis check out my earlier post. 

beebeardframed     MORE ABOUT BARRY CONRAD  The mission of the Lithopolis Honeyfest as stated in their program,”Experience the science and art of Apiculture (Beekeeping),and create a robust atmosphere of Art,Music.Food,Fun and People. I wasn’t expecting a “Book Signing” at this event but there sure was. I am now the proud owner of “Naomi the Queen Bee” by Kristen Fea-Clark.

kristenframed  Kristen resides in Clayton, Ohio with her husband, Bill, her son, Kollin, and their two, furry friends, Salvador and Tawny. Take a second to visit her website and learn more.

bookframed  I have made an early start on my Christmas shopping for the Grand Children with the purchase of this book. Not only that, I now know why “A queen bee must have a heart ten times the size of an ordinary bee.” You will just have to read the book yourself to learn the answer. For easy shopping click. Next, a few exhibits for the Arts & Crafts:



The way Arnold Crabtree (The Bee Man) of the area sees it, “One thing I know from working with bees is that all life can’t be created with just a boom. There’s more to it than that. No one can spend time in a hive and not see the power of God and His presence.” Of course info on bees and music from Dave Hawkins (Dave is an Americana artist with his Irish roots showing.) and Luxury Brown to name a few.


Has your dog bee trained? If not::::


For the very first time on this blog I’m going to mention FOOD. LOL

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MY FAVORITE::: POPCORN DONE A LITTLE DIFFERENTLY FROM Hot Pot Creations Kettle Corn ( The Clarks from Columbus) (a touch of sugar does the trick)



Read what Morgan Day (Lancaster Eagle-Gazette) says about the FEST…… CLICK Crowds swarm for Lithopolis HoneyFest

Joe Todd and Linda say thanks for stopping by as we end the HoneyFest day with this beautiful sunset.



Friday, September 10, 2010





We will always remember. We will always be proud. We will always be prepared, so we may always be free. by Ronald Reagan.

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PATRIOT DAY The U.S. Army remembers Sept 11th CLICK


Thursday, September 09, 2010

Labor Day Skies from Mount Pleasant Lancaster,Ohio

Joe Todd reporting from Lancaster,Ohio.. When the Grand Kids were here we climbed Mount Pleasant including “Devils Kitchen”, went on a trail ride at Spotted Horse Ranch,and then a canoe trip down the Hocking River. I’ll never be the same LOL….



Modern Lancaster is distinguished by a rich blend of 19th-century architecture (best evidenced in historic Square 13, part of Zane's original plot) and natural beauty (best evidenced by the famous Standing Stone, today known as Mount Pleasant) with all the typical modern accoutrements of a small-medium-sized American city.


That is my Grandson Nate in the upper photo. From Wikipedia::” A famous Lancaster landmark is Mount Pleasant, a 250-foot (76 m) high sandstone bluff called "Standing Stone" by earlier Native American peoples. It is located in Rising Park, a large city park on the city's north side. It is possible to climb to the top of Mount Pleasant by following a short marked trail from the park through the woods that cover the bluff's other sides. There is also a cave known unofficially as "Devils Kitchen" in the front in which braver people are willing to climb about 20 feet (6.1 m) using only shallow "bear claws". Experienced rock climbers have climbed the sandstone face of the bluff many times as well. Once one has reached the top, there is a lookout area from which one can see over great distances, and take in not just a panoramic view of the nearby Fairfield County fairgrounds and much of the city of Lancaster, but the changing landscape of Central Ohio as well—from the relatively flat farmlands north of Lancaster to the wooded hills lying south of the city.” You can also get to DEVILS KITCHEN FROM the top down using a metal staircase. ( As a kid I went up those “bear claw” steps once.


A sky shot from the “KITCHEN” taken on a different day


Thanks for stopping by and make sure to check out Skywatch Friday for some great skies from around the world.