Author Archives: Debra Farmer

About Debra Farmer

I'm a wife, mother, and grandma, I live on the plains of central Kansas. I have chickens, goats and a miniature donkey. I also share my life with a very special toy Australian Shepherd, Wylie. Life doesn't get any better than that.

Churches Of The Prairie 28

St. John’s Lutheran Church – N. of Ellis, KS  1921

This beautiful church is located on a blacktop road north of Ellis county.  Built in 1921, it offers Sunday school at 9:30 and worship at 10:30.

 

No plumbing, his and hers outhouses.

 

Finally Butterflies

They aren’t quite butterflies yet, but I was so excited when I found the monarch caterpillars!!  I planted the butterfly garden a few years ago and this year we have SO many butterflies.  I also found 10 caterpillars on my parsley.

 

We haven’t had the monarch butterflies yet, but we have hundreds (and hundreds) of Painted Lady butterflies.  They are enjoying the Rough Blaze Star, one of the native plants that I bought at the Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston, KS at their spring sale.  Their fall sale is this weekend.  You can bet I will be there!!

 

Churches Of The Prairie 27

Little white churches of the prairie.  These 3 churches are located in Munden, KS

St. George Catholic Church

Former Methodist Episcopal Church.  No longer offering services.

Zion Evangelical Church

 

A Trip To Great Steaks

I had been wanting to return to a little town where I happened across a closed school that was advertising “America’s Best Steaks”.  I stopped and being a “beef connoisseur” I only purchased a couple of pounds of hamburger and two filets.  They were amazing!  I knew I would be making a trip back.  Bogue, KS is 137 miles from home, so there is a lot to see on the way.

Rocks, pond and prairie south of Wilson Lake

First log cabin home in Russell County, KS

❤️️ the hay bale flag

I found Paradise!!  Now if I could only locate the Fountain of Youth!

Built in 1938 the limestone water tower is a historic Works Progress Administration project.

This area of Kansas grows a lot of corn.

Beautiful barn, I haven’t noticed many with hay hooks hanging.

America’s Best Steaks!!  Dry aged angus beef.  SO good!  America’s Best Steaks will ship if you can’t make it to Bogue, KS.  Their steaks are wonderful, trust me……(comments a former vegetarian!)

Couldn’t resist a stop at Al’s Chickenette in Hays on the way home.  The restaurant opened in  1949.  Wylie is waiting patiently (not really) for a bite a chicken.   Here’s a link to their website.

 

 

 

August and Flowers

What a beautiful morning.  We are having a break from our days record highs of 110 and 111. The cooler temperatures are certainly making it so enjoyable to be outside.

According to folklore, for every fog in August, there will be snowfall.  We are starting August 1 with fog.  Old wives tales tell of moisture 90 days after the first fog, which would make for a wet All Hallows’ Eve this year.  Hopefully I can remember all of this in 90 days to see if it holds true.

So many different colors of Echinacea, coneflowers

 

Wylie waiting patiently for his “reptile”, a little salamander that lives in the butterfly garden.

Swamp milkweed

Assorted annuals

Rudbeckia, black-eyed-Susan

Crepe Myrtle

 

Burning Wheat Stubble

Farmers burn the wheat ground after they harvest, to rid the field of straw, stubble and to control weeds.

 

 

 

Before they set the field on fire, they disc around the perimeter of the field to form a firebreak.