Thursday, September 24, 2020

Thursday Art Date With Rain


 Crops and Farming

We went to the Queen's Gardens in Chiang Rai.  This is only a touch of it ... they also had all kinds of flowers and flowering trees. The Tea Plantation is only a few miles away.  They have a restaurant with recipes made from tea ... there were some  amazing sweets.  And, of course, there were rice fields everywhere that we passed as we drove to different destinations.

We have orchards all around us so every year (except for this year) we go cherry and berry picking and yes, even apple picking though I haven't included it here.


My DIL (Daughter-in-Law) comes from a family of farmers so when she came over here, she brought her skills with her.

Thai cucumbers are awesome, big, juicy and sweeter than our cucumbers.  Everyone was surprised at their size ... as you can see on my neighbors facial expression.

But, needless to say, my DIL's favorite crop is the Thai pepper.  Sometimes when she cooks our eyes water and we  have to cough.  Hot is hot and then there is Thai Hot!

At this house we have a farm in our back yard.  This is last years harvest of corn.  This year they planted beans, but haven't harvested them yet.  I love watching them and they go on into the night with lights on their tractors.  

To me a farm isn't a farm without a barn yard.  I love all of the animals so I had to include some of them in this post
This post could go on forever.  I live in the Midwest where farming is everywhere ... mostly miles and miles of corn and bean fields, but also farm animals.  My father was a Professor in Horticulture and my mother grew up on a farm so we always had crops growing in our back yard.  I also have wonderful memories of going to the University farms and walking through the barns,  watching, talking to and petting the animals.  It is in my blood and I love everything about farming ... except, at my age, I was glad to let my DIL take over the garden part :)

So all of you stay well and do what you need to do to be safe.  Also don't forget to have some fun.  These are difficult times so we need to put our best foot forward to get through it all ... and laughter is always good for the soul.  

Andrea @ From the Sol

Saturday, September 19, 2020

RIP RBG


Thank you RBG for all you did for Women, all Minority Groups, the Strength of our Constitution ... 
and our wonderful, but struggling USA

 

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Thursday Art Date With Rain ... Architecture


Architecture
 






Listening to this video will tell you that the beliefs are as beautiful as the architecture of this House of Worship.










I have always been drawn to architecture ... especially old or even ancient buildings. There is so much more I could add to this post, but I have run out of time.  Hoping this finds you all well and finding ways to be happy in this unhappy world.  

Andrea @ From the Sol

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Thursday Art Date With Rain


Eye of the Tiger ... 


EYES and EARS

Who doesn't think of cats when the subject of eyes come up ...













But there is another group of hunters that are well known for their eyes ...


The Raptors!











The Red Eyes of the Adult Cooper's Hawk are stunning if you can get close enough to see them.

And then, of course, there is the Eagle Eye ...

Truth is, there are many kinds of eyes to look at ...








Then there are eyes that are just eyes  ...


This, believe it or not, is a cake designed by a Bakery from my home town.  It was for the Chicago Flower and Garden Show.







There is also the eye of the storm ...

Snake eyes ...

The "eyes" have it ...

The eye of the needle ...

and many, many more, but I need to move on to ...
*****
 Ears ...











Raptors have a unique story to tell about their ears ... You can't see them because they are hidden beneath the feathers on the edge of their facial disk.  This little video will tell you how special they are ...


All for this week ... Stay safe, Be well and Find ways to enjoy life in these difficult times :)

Andrea @ From the Sol