Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Fall Festival...

We went and helped at Bethel Mennonite's Fall Festival, that was held in the Odon Park, on Saturday, 6th October. The event was open to the whole town and it was a fantastic community event! We browsed at the various stalls and Riaan had a really fun time on the jumping castle. He also enjoyed painting a pumpkin and we had a Polaroid family photo taken to commemorate the day. It was a great afternoon!

 There were miniature horses giving carriage rides.
 Candace and Eliza in a barrel. :)
 Riaan's turn to go in the barrel. :)
 And away they go!
 Painting a pumpkin.
Photo booth.
Riaan and I in our matching Springbok shirts! :)

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Morning Rainbow...

A rainbow appeared in a cloudy sky as the sun rose one morning. I noticed it as I was getting ready to head off to work. It was a great way to start the day with a reminder of God's promises!

Looking south-west towards the end of the rainbow.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

White Mushroom...

I came across this small mushroom one fine Sunday afternoon. And just two days later it had fully-developed into a rather large mushroom. I believe it is the American abrupt-bulbed Lepidella - although I am by no means an expert and may be wrong.

The fully-formed mushroom a couple of days later. :)

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Pumpkin Transportation...

It is autumn and pumpkins are everywhere. We often see old retired school buses transporting pumpkins to various markets and farm stalls. It is certainly interesting to see the old school buses filled to the brim with large bright orange pumpkins! :)

Heading on Highway 50 towards Vincennes.

Saturday, 6 October 2018

Cycle Awareness...

As a keen cyclist - albeit in hibernation over the past year due to the busyness of life and family - I was extremely pleased to see these bicycle awareness road signs appearing throughout Daviess County. It's great to see local government putting up signs to make cycling a little bit safer on the roads! :)

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Sunday Funday...

We spent a relaxing Sunday at home recently. We made a lovely campfire and enjoyed a picnic supper outside. We then went for a short walk and watched the sunset. It was a beautiful day!

 Campfires are lots of fun!
 My beautiful family!
A great day ends with a beautiful sunset! :)

Sunday, 30 September 2018

Hannah and Jeremiah's Wedding...

Candace's sister, Hannah, got married two weeks ago on the 15th of September. Candace was the Matron of Honour while Riaan was also in the wedding, as the sign-bearer. Eliza was a special guest and I was the first to walk down the aisle carrying little Eliza to her seat. :) We really enjoyed the ceremony and the reception afterwards was quite lovely. We wish Hannah and Jeremiah all the best as they embark on this new adventure together! :)

 With my special girl. :)
 And there's my special boy! :)
 The Bridesmaids.
 Riaan ran down the aisle holding his sign. He did a great job!
 Hannah comes down the aisle.
 The wedding party table.
 Cutting the wedding cake.
 Candace prays over her sister.
Hannah and Jeremiah drive away on their honeymoon. The clouds were amazing!

Friday, 28 September 2018

Reading and Rugby...

Nothing quite like being outside and reading The Chronicles of Narnia as a family together. This book series is one our favourites and we're excited that Riaan is taking an interest, too. We then enjoyed some quality rugby-bonding time together!

Lovely late evening family fun!

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Autumn Rains...

We've had some rainy days this past month, as autumn finally arrives here in southern Indiana. The heavens suddenly opened while I was at work recently, and the road in front of the Pharmacy became a river. It was amazing how fast the rain arrived and how rapidly the weather outside deteriorated!

It was a very dreary afternoon!

Monday, 24 September 2018

Pretty Rainbow...

A beautiful rainbow stretched across the sky earlier this month. It's a good reminder of God's love for us. :)

 There is a double rainbow just visible.
Candace with the kiddos under the rainbow. :)

Friday, 21 September 2018

Flowering Moon Flowers...

There were three unopened moon flower blooms early one evening. And, true to form, they opened overnight and were in full flower the next morning. :)

 The unopened flowers...
 ... Are open the next morning! :)

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Contrasting Water Birds...

The small and dainty lesser yellow legs is contrasted with the much larger, clumsy-looking great blue heron in these few photos. Both of these water birds are frequent visitors to the pond behind the barn. :)

 The lesser yellow legs is a lovely little bird.
It can often be seen wading along the shore in the early evening.
The great blue heron can also be seen looking for tasty morsels in the early evening light.
 It is a majestic bird - especially when spotted in flight.

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Wolf Spider with Young...

I was at my in-law's house the other night when I came across this spider scurrying through the grass. It is a female wolf spider carrying her young on her back! It is the only species of spider that carries its young on the abdomen. It was really interesting to watch as it went about its business - and I was disappointed that I didn't have my proper camera with me!

 Scuttling through the grass.
Size perspective. We put her safely back on the ground after the photo. :)

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

The Cherry Ghost on a Friday Night...

The Cherry Ghost Coffee House is the place to be on Friday nights in Washington, Indiana. Our family enjoys relaxing at this special coffee shop in the local community. They often have musicians playing music and the second Friday of every month is our favourite, Irish Music! A couple of weeks ago we spent the evening listening to talented friends. :) It was a great evening!

A brief snippet of the lovely atmosphere of the Cherry Ghost. :)

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Terre Haute Air Show...

Candace was busy with her sister's bachelorette party on Saturday 18th August, and so Riaan and I had a boy's day out. We drove up to Terre Haute Regional Airport for the Terre Haute Air Show. Unfortunately, we spent several hours sitting in traffic and standing in long queues waiting for buses to take us from the parking to the venue, but once we were at the airport we had a great time! There were many amazing aeroplanes on static display and the aerial manoeuvres of the jets and fighters flying overhead was simply breathtaking. The final act of the day was the United States Navy's Blue Angels display team, and they were magnificent to watch! Riaan loved it!

We then headed back to the bus drop-off/pick-up point, but as there were so many people cutting the line and a huge sense of disorganisation, I decided to walk the five kilometres (three miles) back to the car, pushing (the now fast asleep) Riaan in his little stroller. We were back at the car by 18h00 and then drove home, stopping at a quaint little ice-cream shop for a bite to eat and a treat for Riaan, who was wonderfully well-behaved and patient throughout a rather trying day at times.

 Waiting in the rather chaotic line for the buses.
 Japanese Zeros as part of the Tora! Tora! Tora! display - a reenactment of the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbour.
 A World War II B-17 Flying Fortress.
 F-22 Raptor.
 F-22 Raptor and a P-51 Mustang fly together.
 KC-135 Stratotanker - an aerial refueling plane.
 F-15 Eagles.
 US Air Force helicopter.
 Crowds of people enjoying the air show.
 T-28 Trojan trainer.
 The B-17 Flying Fortress on the ground.
 B-25J Mitchell, another WWII aircraft.
 F-22 Raptor on the tarmac.
 KC-10 Extender Aerial Tanker.
 View of the runway from the KC-10. Note the Blue Angels at right.
 Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornets.
 Riaan and I ready to watch the show!
 Flying past in landing configuration.
 Two of them are upside-down!
 The six jets flying close together towards the end of the show.
 Four of the jets fly past in this video.
The skills are quite outstanding!
Four jets fly directly overhead!
Waiting in the line for the bus - before I decided that it would be quicker to walk back to the car instead. :)