Yes, yes I know that an abandoned river boat and a tug have nothing to do with sustainable little farms. However I could slide these shots in if we put them in under the banner of preservation or .. um.. recycling!. We had to drive up to Chicago today and on the way back we wandered a little on Route 66 and it took us along the river. I saw a bridge I wanted to investigate and then another one (I will show you those shots tomorrow) and as I walked to the bridge I peered through an overgrown padlocked gate and I saw this. Hhmm I thought to myself. As you do.
Well. So with the help of Our John and a pallet and some other junk that he found and turned into a ladder, then the infamous leg up – I managed to climb over the No Tresspassing sign. And the You Have Been Warned sign, No Go Area sign, the One Way Street sign and the We Shoot Stray Dogs sign, way up onto this enormous, very high but wide concrete wall. I have to add here that of course I was wearing a vintage 1940’s dress, but I had just kicked the silly heels off in the grass. Over this wall was a wonderland of junk. I LOVE JUNK! This place was heaving with piles of stuff. Abandoned. Like someone walked away to get their lunch 10 years ago and just never came back.
I could see no way across this strip of water so I had to be content with my concrete wall. I walked down further, trying to get a better shot of this amazing decaying riverboat but now of course I was TOO CLOSE! But then I found this. Well here was a treasure indeed. An old Tug. Such a beautiful little dinky toy of a boat, just big enough for me.
Everything paled into insignificance when I saw that little boat. I want that little boat. I want this one. “I found a little boat, it is just right. Can I take it home?” I called back to John waiting on dry land for me. Our John said No. No? NO! No boats.
So I stomped all the way back along my wall, climbed back down in a pretend huff refusing his helpful hand and ended up with the skirt of my dress flying up over my head, and landing with an Alice of Wonderland thump on the grass. That was OK. Teensy bit unglamorous. At least I had let John hold the camera. So we laughed at me for a bit which is always fun and off home to the animals and the gardens.
This afternoon we are sowing more lettuce seed, and spinach in big pots close to the house where they get a bit of shade in the afternoon. It is still hot. Summer is still here. But we need greens for the Fall.
ps. and yes I can see that hair on the sensor. I didn’t think you would mind. Out with the huff and puff tomorrow.