Rose in bloom near a crime scene

A pretty bloom

Well, maybe not a crime scene, however some dastardly critter (most probably a rabbit) has stolen one of the two remaining rose buds from this rose bush. I suspect that the perpetrator of the rose bud theft is also responsible for the wanton destruction of a couple of our sweet corn seedlings in the garden.

A road trip on a hot day

Sher and I had had enough.  It has been since February 25th since we were in our RV. Roadtirement needed to hit the road again.  I put some water in the fresh water tank, and flushed the antifreeze out of the lines. That way we would have water for our bathroom.

We went a town in south east Indiana named Batesville. This town has a rich German history, and is home to the Batesville Casket Company, one of the largest in the world.  The Hill-Rom company, also headquartered in Batesville, is a manufacturer of high tech hospital beds and is also a Hillenbrand company.

Hillenbrand Mausoleum

We visited the Saint Louis Catholic Cemetery of the local church of the same name. This cemetery is in a beautiful setting with tree lined main roads. There is a section in the back of the cemetery that is the oldest portion and has the oldest graves. In addition this is the area where the founders of the Hillenbrand companies are interned in a striking mausoleum and a masonry fenced area.

It was great getting back on the road again, and from Batesville we headed to Oldenburg, another German influenced town in south east Indiana. We were safe, as we stayed far away from any people we saw. Stay tuned…

We now have a store on Etsy

We have opened a store on the Etsy site. You can easily access our store through the page listing in the header, above, or at the link here: Roadtirement Vintage

WordPress insists on a Business Plan in order to install the Etsy plug-in. Nope, we are not going to make that spend. You are, however, most welcome to visit our Etsy store.

Currently we have our hand crafted beaded necklaces and Maj’s hand sewn leather medicine bags listed in our Etsy store Roadtirement Vintage. We will soon be be adding to our inventory by listing antiques and other vintage items as well.

Beaded necklace

Hand sewn medicine bag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are excited about this new venture for us. The virus thing has kept us away from our usual means of marketing. Hopefully this Etsy site will allow us to share our products with our blogging and traveling friends.

Yes it bloomed

If you’ve been visiting Roadtirement for a while you know that we have been waiting somewhat impatiently for the Asiatic Lily to bloom. As you can see, it did bloom this morning.

Lots of buds still growing, so it looks like we’ll be blessed with more pretty blooms. Oh, and if you look in the lower right hand corner of the photo  you can just see some leaves of the mint that we also have growing. It smells so pretty!

A couple more photos from out front

In the front of Roadtirement’s  “home base” in central Indiana we have a mulched strip on either side of the front door. Here’s a couple of images:

This is a new rose bush that we planted about a week ago. The first rose bud is showing some color. There are two more buds developing to the right of the big one.

There are lots of little mushrooms showing up in the mulch beds. The remnants of maple tree whirligig flying seeds are also in view, along with some unidentified green sprouts of some kind.

 

So close to bloom

We have been watching this Asiatic Lily closely. We planted this last year when it was in bloom, and the growth this season has been impressive.

 

 

 

They say a watched pot never boils. The same idea fits flowers. We have been checking, sometimes twice a day. Yep, seems like a watched Asiatic Lily never blooms, but we’re getting close.

Finished with the mulch project

If you’ve been following along with some of the projects Roadtirement has been working on during our COVID-19 stay safe at home time, you will know that mulching has been a big part of our flower garden design. (Whew, what a long sentence!)

Herbs and wildflower starts on an old stump

Still needing a bit of grass/weeding work, but close to done

Our son has been such a great help in toting bags of mulch and spreading same. The herbs are doing very nicely, and seem happy to be on the remains of an old trees stump. Sher spread some wild flower seeds on the rich soil on the sides of the stump, and several seeds have already sprouted.

Tulip tree sapling off to a good start

The healthy Tulip sapling

Typical Tulip tree leaf shape

 

 

 

 

 

 

We recently were fortunate to get some saplings from the DNR.  We got three Tulip saplings and two Black Cherry saplings. The Tulips are doing very well as you can see from the photos. The Tulip tree is the State Tree of Indiana.