All posts tagged: Missouri

Persimmon predictions

  I learnt two new things this week, that there is a persimmon tree in the woods (I am sure there are many, but I only know of the one) and the seeds from the ripe persimmon fruit can predict the future. Only the immediate winter future, the weather to be specific.  Sorry, it is not a request service, open a persimmon seed and see what you will be having for dinner type thing. I must admit that I thought persimmons were a tropical fruit, so that shows what I know. Ain’t nothing tropical about our local woods! I read about it here and decided to have a go at checking for myself. So I gathered a few persimmon fruits from the woodland floor and brought them home for dissection. The seed are small and slimey little buggers as to be expected I suppose from a plum like fruit which got so ripe it hurled itself from the tree to the ground. I managed to wash some  seeds off and cut them in half and …

One + Four = Life, Weekly photos 48/52.

1. On Thursday it was Thanksgiving and my birthday, the weather was beautiful, so we went into the outside and hiked around Lone Elk Park.  We saw elk and deer and lots of woodpeckers! 2. As we walked around Lone Elk Park we stopped for coffee and tea from flasks by the side of the lake and watched the turtles sunbathing on a log peeking out of the lake. 3. Roses and birthday cards!  Yay for birthdays. 4. This weekend, we scored this funky monkey record player from an antique mall.  It works and came with the single on it!  All of my records are in the UK, so I will need to get on the look out for records to play, hello Goodwill! I am joining in with Isabel at Nanjing Nian for this week’s One+Four=Life, check out her fab blog for an insight into life as a western student in China. The kids had a very short school week  because of the Thanksgiving break, they had Wednesday through Friday off.  We watched movies …

One+Four=Life 17/52

I am joining in with Pip at Meet Me at Mikes this week for One+Four=Life, a snapshot of the previous week using four photos. Bit of a cheater cheater pumpkin eater on this one as all of mine are from one day. We went to the State Capitol at Jefferson City with school on a beautiful blue sky day and toured some of the capital buildings. The kids were well behaved (phew!) and we had a lovely day full of information and fun. On the way back I snapped a few pictures from the bus window, I do love Missouri countryside, there is always so much to see. 1. I wanted to get more photos of the magnificent capitol building, the white against the blue sky was a stunning contrast. Remember Mum, you are here to look after the kids, not snap photos! 2. The corridors all looked like a scene from a TV show! 3. Amazing murals in the lounge depicting Missouri history. 4. Closed gas station caught with a tanker speeding by, taken …