Cauli Le Chat

Cauli Le Chat
Cauli Le Chat, MPL Roving Reporter

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Cows Falling Out of the Skies!

Look out!  Cows are falling out of the skies!

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Today Greenwood Public Library presented the second annual Great Cow Drop in the football field next to the library.  There were lots of fun activities, and several vendors displayed their wares and services.  Click the photos to bigify.

sold her baskets to raise money
for the Friends of GPL

 Cow Wagon Rides

 Part of the Great Cow Parade

The Parade Begins!

 Giant Cow with a message
we kitties can get behind
 Parade ends and cow rides begin

Wave to your favorite cow

 Cow photo ops

 GPL Children's Department
doing custom face-painting

Pretty cool!

 GPL Children's Department
freestyle drawing & crafting table

 Surfing Simulator


 Bounce House

 Cornhole competition

Follow the bouncing ball!

Helicopter drops the cows
from an incredible height!

 Safe landings (even without a parachute)
What an amazing stunt!

 None the worse for wear, I'd venture

Ready for more fun

The Great Cow Drop was a tremendous success, with many lucky patrons winning donated prizes.  Everybody had a lot of fun, and proceeds helped support Greenwood Public Library.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Friday, July 18, 2014

Following Paul Hadley's Footsteps, Part Trois

Once again, we're walking in the footsteps (pawsteps, for moi) of Mooresville native Paul Hadley (1880-1971), who designed the Indiana State Flag and was a well-known impressionist watercolor artist who taught students at the Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis.  If you'd like to catch our earlier installments in this series, click here.  Here, too.

Earlier today, my minions, one of my many "Flat" Caulis, and I visited the Brooklyn Bridge.

Not That One!

Let's begin by showing Paul Hadley's painting of the covered bridge that once stood in Brooklyn, Indiana, which is displayed at Mooresville Public Library.  Click the photos to bigify.

 Taken with the library's Canon digital camera

Hadley painted the bridge (well, more precisely, his painting OF the bridge) roughly a century ago.  It's no longer there, but now there's a concrete bridge in approximately the same spot crossing White Lick Creek at Brooklyn's edge.  You can tell by the terrain that this was the correct bridge location--plus we know the road leading into (and out of) town historically crossed the river hereabouts on the way to Brooklyn cemetery (further southward).

Brooklyn Bridge Today

 The Lady With the Red Hair & "Flat" Cauli
standing upstream of the modern bridge
looking downstream (south)
along White Lick Creek

Observant readers will have noted that Hadley must have been standing downstream of the covered bridge near the eastern bank of White Lick Creek (looking north at the west end of the covered bridge). He was probably painting approximately where that fisher dude is standing in our above photo (look left beneath the bridge).  Hadley might possibly have stood in the river's shallow waters to capture the perspective.

Upstream (north) view of White Lick Creek
(the modern bridge is behind photographer)

Watch out for traffic across the bridge!

Daredevil Moi with "Flat" Cauli & the Lady With the Red Hair

The concrete bridge is certainly utilitarian, but it lacks the grace of its wooden ancestor Hadley so elegantly captured in his watercolor painting. White Lick Creek, too, looked more charming with those rocks and that little waterfall.

When I first saw Hadley's painting at my Library, I mistakenly thought it was the red covered bridge that, a century ago, spanned the East Fork of White Lick Creek on the Waverly Road (now State Road 144) at Mooresville's outskirts.  Upon closer inspection, however, it's obviously not that bridge in Hadley's painting.  See what you think.

Brooklyn's covered bridge was quite charming.  I'm glad we know its beauty, thanks to Paul Hadley.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  Neil Diamond reflected upon his childhood days growing up in Brooklyn, New York (the other Brooklyn) in his song, "Brooklyn Roads" (1968).

Sweet! Road Trip to Hunter's Honey Farm

Today my minions and "Flat" Cauli (I forget which number she is--possibly six or seven--there are so many "Flat" Caulis, but they all look alike to moi) took a road trip ("sweet!") to Hunter's Honey Farm, about a half-dozen miles from Martinsville, Indiana.  I would have gone moiself, but I'm frankly scared of stinging dinners (or bees, as humans call them), so I sent "Flat" Cauli in my stead.

Sweet indeed was the operative word for this adventure, since there were honeybees making all kinds of delicious honey.  Naturally, we took photos, which you should click to bigify.

Hunter's Honey Farm Gift Shop

"Flat" Cauli & the Lady With the Red Hair
Outside the Gift Shop

Inside the store there were all manner of honey products:  many varieties of honey (of course), including raw honey; honey stix; beeswax; honeycomb; pollen; propolis; dippers and containers; honey cookbooks; soaps; cosmetic cream; candles; even deodorant!  They also sell Christmas trees!  How cool is that?

Hunter's has a nice brochure that explains about all the cool stuff they offer, plus guided tours.  There's a pawdy (or handy, as humans would say) map and online info, too.  You'll need to click them to bigify, though.

"Flat" Cauli was fascinated by the honeybees.  Hunter's had helpful signs explaining the different types of bees and the work they do.

There was a model working area in which the honeybees showcased their creative talents.  This was quite interesting!

 The white stuff is honeycomb, I'll venture

 Pipe connects honeybees with indoor display hive
to the great outdoors, where the flowering plants live

About a gazillion honeybees working up a storm in there

We weren't able to take a guided tour, as these need to be scheduled in advance, and our road trip was rather spontaneous.  While the Lady With the Red Hair was working at Greenwood Public Library's booth at the Johnson County 4-H & Agricultural Fair earlier this week, she dropped by Hunter's booth there and decided we needed to visit.  So we just up and went this afternoon!

The Lady With the Red Hair & "Flat" Cauli
on a "bench tree" outside Hunter's gift shop

Drop by Hunter's to see what wonders honeybees are making.  There's a special event planned for September.

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I found this video on YouTube about Hunter's and its over-a-century of beekeeping legacy.

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Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

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P.S. Here's another YouTube video about a visit to Hunter's.