So this summer will be remembered, by me anyway, as hot, windy and wet. Last Friday we had yet another fabulous storm blow thru–I love watching the lightening and hearing the thunder but at the front of that storm was quite the wind. One of my privacy poplars had its roots lifted and it is now leaning quite precariously over my drive. It is thirty years old, a tree I transplanted from the airport where I worked. It’s tall–at least 50 feet–and wide. The perfect privacy screen for my yard. But it has to come down. It’s hard to see in this last picture but the roots have lifted that rail a good foot off the ground. The fellas who were roofing for me said they would take it down for me. It’s not a terribly technical drop but I would like it if it didn’t take out my little rail fence or crush my other pine tree. Boo hoo. I’ll miss that tree.
This week my stay-cation trip was out to Cutknife. This is a little community where I drive school bus. There is a pioneer museum there and every time I drive by I say I have to visit this one day. My tour guide was one of my bus students and her summer job was touring tourists around the site. Most of the artifacts are from several close by communities which no longer exist. When the railway went thru there was a community every ten miles or so. Naturally they all didn’t survive. I learned some very interesting things about the interactions between settlers and the natives–and was surprised to hear the same story I’d just read about at the museum re-told by a descendant of the Indian chief on the radio later that day. What a coincidence. There were numerous buildings filled with the usual items. In the old railway station, there was of course living quarters for the station master. The was a full time 24/7 job. But the original flooring was still inside as was the beautiful stove. Both in great shape!!This building is apparently haunted, as is one of the other buildings. The ghost lives upstairs so I was quite happy not to be allowed to go up to the second floor.
The doctors office was complete with a state of the art pre-mature baby incubator!!The tin ceiling in the general store was beautiful!!Outside the yard was well kept and the display of horse drawn farming equipment was amazing. The levers look so complicated and imagine spending all day on that metal seat in the hot summer. Those men were tough. This roller was incredibly heavy and was pulled by six horses to either flatten the field or press the seed into the soil.
So all in all quite a pleasant morning. There is a nice park adjacent and a lovely little pond with resident geese. Back home, the beans have just started. I had a bowl full for breakfast the other day. And believe it or not, I think I’ll actually have peas too!!The parsley and tomatoes are keeping me in tabbouleh. I make a big bowlful and snack on it till it’s gone then make another bowl. Yummy!!I’m keeping busy reading and looking after my son’s dog. The good thing is he’s making me get out and walk. We walk down to the highway and back every morning. This morning was quite misty. And all the ditch flowers are out. So pretty. Summer on the prairie.