Thursday, January 22, 2015

Field Trip… Plus A Book Review

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.
Information posted

We had an enjoyable couple of hours and promise to return and take lots of pictures to share.

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! 

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