Friday, October 10, 2014

Waiting for the fall color

Despite us having a drought-free summer, I am afraid that we have been paying the price for it this fall. It has been extremely dry for over a month now. There has been rain around us, especially in Colbert County, but every time a mass of rain heads this way, it tends to break up when it gets to the Tennessee River. Last weekend the weather forecasters screwed up big time when they predicted a 70% percent change of rain and we ended up getting nothing! They are saying the same thing for this coming Monday but I am refusing to listen to them.

Yesterday, I turned the sprinklers on in areas that needed it the most. Really the entire garden looks pretty pathetic. The garden wall area (above) was the only spot worth photographing. 

Also, the Hardy Orange (Poncirus) is covered with small fruit.  

The fall color has yet to arrive but it is usually late here - sometimes well into November. I have noticed a few trees around town changing color.

Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy


Thursday, October 2, 2014

The last of the photos from the Ohio trip

Here are a few odds and ends from our brief trip to Ohio a few weeks ago.

Marion, Ohio is about 20 miles north of Marysville. It is probably best known as the birth place of Warren G. Harding, the 29th President of the United States. This was his residence from 1891 - 1921.

A few miles away is the tomb and memorial of Harding and his wife Florence. The memorial resembles a Greek temple and is made of white marble. It was begun in 1926 and completed the following year.




The old Post Office in Marion is now a Historical Museum (and also the location of the Popcorn Museum).

Historical Society  

Historical Society  

The architecture of the public buildings as well as the private homes was amazing. This was a private residence that also had beautiful landscaping.

Private Residence

Back to Marysville and their beautiful court house - 

Marysville Courthouse 
Marysville Courthouse

Marysville Courthouse  

A memorial to war veterans was located at the side -

Marysville Courthouse

A church located across the street from the Court House -

Venturing out into the county, this is the historic Mitchell Cemetery. We stopped here on our way to see the covered bridges.

Mitchell Cemetery

Mitchell Cemetery

Mitchell Cemetery   

And isn't this interesting?


Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The covered bridges of Union County, Ohio

Here are a few photos of the covered bridges of Union County, Ohio. We had a day to ourselves and decided to tour the countryside after finding a brochure at our motel on these covered bridges in a nearby county.


It took us a while to get our bearings and we quickly learned that a GPS is not very helpful for locating bridges. We stopped at a service station to ask for directions and I could not help but notice that they had a fantastic deli with great looking sandwiches and pizza. We got directions from a very helpful lady, got some sandwiches and headed toward the first bridge, which was just a few miles away. We had a picnic in the back of the car.

The bridges were all built in the late 1800s with the exception of a few. All were marked with plaques that explained the history and cost of the bridge and information about the men who built them.


I wondered why bridges were covered in the first place? I thought maybe it was to keep horses from being frightened about stepping across a platform over open water. Michael thought that maybe they served as protection for travelers in the case of storms or rain. Well, it turns out we were both wrong. According to an Internet search, the answer is obvious and simple - covering the bridges protected them from rotting. An uncovered bridge might last about ten years whereas a covered one can last for centuries.







The "Big Darby Creek" bridge (below) was built in 2006 and was the largest of all of them. I don't know why a new covered bridge was built - it would be interesting the know the story behind it.






Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy