Kentucky Drought

This natural rock formation sits in the creek bed at the farm, usually hidden by muddy water. 

When I looked down in the hole, a rush of cold air hit my face, and I could hear the hollowness of the cavern below. There's a small puddle of cold spring water about 8 feet away. I knew the spring existed, but never imagined it would show up like this. It's kinda odd, but very lucky to uncover fresh water during a time of serious drought.



Autumn Equinox

Autumn Equinox 2019 at 3:50 AM EST on Monday, September 23


Kentucky Conjure Chest

From The Kentucky Historical Society

"This chest of drawers is often referred to as the "Conjure Chest."

Sixteen people are believed to have had misfortune due to a curse placed on this chest of drawers. The story, told in the book "Flapdoodle, Trust & Obey" by Virginia Cary Hudson, began with a slave named Hosea. Hosea made the chest in the 1840s for the son of his owner, Jacob Cooley. Unsatisfied with the work, Cooley beat Hosea who eventually died from his wounds. Hosea's family sprinkled dried owl blood inside the drawers and put a curse on it."

Tragedy continued every time someone put their clothing in the chest: Read List


Strange Field Mist

Overcast day, no flash, I'm being very still, very quiet, trying not to scare away the geese I'm photographing across the field, and yeah, I have no idea what this is.


Farmhouse: Painting The Front Porch

The front porch is a social experience on rural roads. Complete strangers wave, and you wave back, like you've known each other for years. 

Rust and old paint is scraped with a wire brush and sanded.

Scallop trim gets 2 coats of black paint with rust inhibitor.

Next Step: Coat the awning interior with white metal paint.


Blackberry Picking

I picked enough ripe blackberries this week to make a lovely cobbler.

From The Old Farmer's Almanac