Our grandchildren always loved playing hide and seek but, like most young children, they never had the patience to stay hidden for more than a few moments and had to peek out to let us know just where they were hiding.
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Another side trip that we took, as a result of our recent visit to Marion, Illinois, was to see the Jeremy Rochman Memorial Park in Carbondale. This park is a father’s touching tribute to his son, killed in an automobile accident in 1993, at the young age of 19 years. Jeremy “Boo” Rochman was a great fan of ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ and his love of this game was the inspiration for the park’s theme.
Everywhere you look, there are sculpted figures based on the characters in the game.
There’s an awesome castle for kids to explore, with all kinds of creatures lurking inside and outside the walls.
If you look carefully, you may see a fairy or a winged horse.
AND HERE BE DRAGONS!!
I managed to squeeze through a narrow opening in the castle to watch as this skillful artist added some colorful figures to one of the walls.
And while you’re walking around the park, don’t forget to look up in the trees. You never know what could be watching you from up above.
This private park at 31 Homewood Drive in Carbondale is open to the public from 9am to dusk. Admission is free but donations are gratefully accepted.
If you are ever in the Carbondale area of Illinois and you have some time to spare, I strongly urge you to pay a visit to this park. I get very emotional about memorials such as this and couldn’t help shedding a few tears, thinking about this young man, cut down in his prime, who might possibly have been looking down with a smile at all the young children (and adults) who were there enjoying this delightful fantasy world.
Cee’s ‘alphabet with a twist’ photo challenge this week is calling for things beginning with i and I may be giving away my family’s cockney roots here when I tell you that this is a song that my grandparents and parents used to sing to me when I was a child and which I passed on to my kids and grandchildren.
“Any old iron? Any old iron?
Any, any, any old iron?
You look neat. Talk about a treat!
You look dapper from your napper to your feet.
Dressed in style, brand-new tile,
With your father’s old green tie on.
But I wouldn’t give you tuppence for your old watch chain,
Old iron, old iron.”
As I mentioned in a previous post, we have spent a lot of time at historical museums and farmhouses and these are just a few of the items that I assume would have been made of cast iron.
The first two images were captured at Kline Creek Farm in West Chicago, Illinois. The next one was taken in the farmhouse kitchen at Spring Valley in Schaumburg.
And the following pictures were taken at the Historical Museum in Marion, Illinois.
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge go to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter I – Needs to start with the letter I
Nancy Merrill has us looking under glass for her Photo A Week Challenge this week. I’ve got plenty of pictures of things that I’ve photographed through glass but, if I’m going to take the subject literally there aren’t too many pictures in the old photo files that show something is actually under glass. These are the only images that I could come up with. The first two were taken at the Flower & Garden Show in Rosemont. The third is a clock that belonged to my Mum & Dad, given to them by their workmates when they retired and came to live in the USA. It doesn’t work and probably never will, but I can’t bring myself to throw it out.
For more on Nancy’s Photo A Week Challenge go to A Photo a Week: Under Glass
Krista Stevens at The Daily Post has chose pedestrian as the subject for the Weekly Photo Challenge. Note to self; must take more ‘people’ pictures! I have to confess that when I take pictures, especially scenic shots, I’m usually waiting impatiently for people to ‘get out of the blessed way.’ However, I couldn’t resist capturing this image of a group of pedestrians crossing the street in Chinatown, Chicago.
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Shadows abound in this woodland setting at the Monk Botanical Gardens in Wausau, Wisconsin. It makes rather a creepy kingdom for the kids to climb and play in as they slay a dragon, rescue a princess or fight off enemy intruders.
For more on Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge go to Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Shadows
After all the health issues that we’ve faced so far this year, my husband’s knee replacement surgery being the latest, I was overjoyed to finally have something to celebrate when our eldest grandson and his lovely young bride were married last week. It’s not often that the family has an opportunity to get together, now that they are all moving further afield with jobs that demand so much of everyone’s time, so we made the most of every moment. And if you have read this far, I sincerely hope that, if you haven’t already done so, you will follow this link Happy 21st Birthday Grandson! to see why I was so happy to share this wonderful day with the bride and groom.
And in response to Michelle Weber’s Weekly Photo Challenge here is a collage of images that I was able to capture when I wasn’t dancing, talking and generally having a marvelous time.
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