|Ron at Charleston Falls|
Remember a while back I promised you a return trip to
Charleston Falls. The last time we were there it was so crowded
with hikers we decided not to venture out. So on a recent Sunday,
the sun was out, temp. low 40's, snow still on the ground, we set
out. A beautiful day. This Preserve located in
Miami County, outside Tipp City, covers 216
acres of prairie and forests. There is a 1.8 mile
loop that will take you to the falls for fantastic
views. The bridge with wide wooden stairs and observation decks allow you a close up of the 37 foot frozen waterfall, from above and below.
Amazing isn't it?
There is a pond/wetland area, cliffs, a cave, an observation tower
and benches placed just to sit and commune with nature. The
Park includes easy parking, restrooms, picnic tables, and
drinking water. The Miami County Park District offers programs
as well for adults and children throughout the year.
Now thyme for a book review;
The Art of Arranging Flowers is a touching
easy moving story, that had me after the first
couple of chapters. I was captivated by this
feel good book. I think it would make a
wonderful movie. The main character
Ruby, flower shop owner, has instincts
about the people who visit her establishment.
Add to that her knowledge and care of
flowers, this becomes her epiphany.
Suffering from the loss of her sister her own
depression is staggering. But her talent for knowing what flower is needed for each person, with descriptive detail, adds to this beautiful story. With
Clementine the dog, and Nora her shop assistant, who has "psychic understanding" of all, adds to the story and its characters. There's a message here and you will delight in "getting it." This book gives hope through simple messages of love, flowers and friendship. Garden Thyme friends, this is our book! Oh, the magic and joy of flowers!