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.
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!!
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.
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.
I started my flock all over again this spring, with 6 Red and 2 Ameraucana chicks. The Reds were sexed so I knew they would all be hens. The Ameraucan were straight run. I picked out my Ameraucanas with the hopes that they would be hens and give us colorful light blue Easter eggs. Of course my girls have names…..the 2 Ameraucana are Lucille and Ethel.
Meet Ricky, formerly known as Lucille
And Fred, but sometimes I still call him Ethel
Ricky and Fred with Reba and Midge
I enjoy sitting out surrounded by the zinnias watching the chickens (hard to see them thru all the honeysuckle).
Last year when I clean up the hollyhock bed, I scattered the seeds along the fence by the hen house.
We are still waiting for our first harvest of eggs. Hurry up girls, we are ready for Farmer fresh eggs!