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Rockome Gardens, a place of flowers and stones

Rockome Gardens, a place of flowers and stones

Rockhome Gardens began as a farm. Located in the heart of Illinois’ largest Old Amish community Amish buggy’s and their beautiful farms surround this tranquil place. It all began when Arthur and Elizabeth Martin had a dream of creating the largest flower garden in Douglas County and purchaseda 208 acre farm.

Using sevan acres for flowers and rock sculptures, the Martins also built a loverly summer house that is currently under reconstruction. The Martins sold the property and it ened up in the hands of Elvan and Irene Yoder in 1969. It was the Yoders that realized the potential of the land and opened the gardens to the public and expanded adding structures like the beautiful barns.

Now owned by Steve and Bev Maher they are restoring the garden to its original beauty.

Those that love old iron will enly the amazing array of old mostly horse pulled machinery. There is also farm related items in the Amish museum as well. We enjoyed strolling through the gardens and eating the amazing food that reminded me of Keith’s grandma’s! http://www.rockome.com/ for details!

Old Iron Everywhere!

Old Iron Everywhere!

Winter holds on a bit longer to winter than central Illinois so I was not quite prepared for the chill of the35th Le Sueur County Pioneer Power Swap Meet, but as a flea market junkie, I attest that you could find almost anything you were looking for at this event! I was delighted I added a gardent art pig to my turkey first thing. After shopping for my favorite garden artist, I purchased a lovely rag rug and I was a happy camper. I was even happier when I spied these beautiful Ford tractors under the trees. These were rather rare models and the kit to make this Ford a hicrop is an unusual commodity by itself!

My husband found some tires and a driver of a loader convenintly loaded them right into the back of our pickup truck.

Although the swap meet is over, there is still plenty of time to plan to attend the upcoming fall power show scheduled for August 24, 25 and 26, 2012. This year’s featured brand is Massey Combines, tractors and Wallis equipment.

For more information about the event, check out their website http://www.pioneerpowershow.com/swapmeet.html.

Scenic Byways!

Scenic Byways!

The Honey Locust trees exploded into bloom on I-74 just south of Galesburg last week. We noted this beautiful site heading north. The Lord blesses travelers on occasion with His glory!

Heading north to a dare I say the word, Swap Meet to please my rusty iron loving husband, we stopped for lunch in the beautiful Amana Colonies.  While he shopped for antiques, I strolled the quiet beautiful streets and stopped at the Amana Colonies Visitor’s Center (http://amanacolonies.com.)   Two years ago the first weekend in December we […]

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On my way home from Georgia, my friend Rose and I stopped in pursuit of some fine Georgia pecans and at this farmstand we met up with the Caldwell brothers. Their philosophy was the best. They stay open until the peaches and sweet Vidalia onions are harvested, then they close for the season to fish!  […]

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While in St. Simons at the King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort  (http://www.kingandprince.com) I had the chance to experience some great Georgia products during the Georgia Food Experience.  One great place to find peaches is Lane Southern Orchards. They are located right off I-75 at Exit 142.   Lane Southern Orchards (www.lanesouthernorchards.com) was stared by David Lane’s grandfather back […]

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Jean Jetton’s carved whittled chickens.

Jean Jetton’s carved whittled chickens.

My friend Rose and I checked out the cool crafts and if we could have got one Jean Jetton’s carved whittled chicken pieces home safely, it would have made its way south and then back north again.