Saturday, August 24, 2013


 When I take the time to look back at what we've been up to since my last post, we've really been quite busy.  I'm a sucker for any C00L and unusual ride and I had to stop and admire this Smiths Ferry Fire Truck /Party Truck.

 Last weekend was the yearly Fishtival here along the Mighty Mississippi.  Once again Susie and I participated in the Bellevue War Portrayal, with a bonus Becker.   Beau jumped in at the last minute as one of the members of the Brown Gang.

While Susie and I, Mr and Mrs Bates, were among the good citizens of Bellevue.
 In the Spring of 1840 between January to April.
The war started when Sheriff Warren strode down the fledgling town’s main street with 40 citizens toward the Bellevue Hotel for the purpose of arresting the owner, William Brown, and his band of hardened criminals. A gun battle and hand-to-hand fighting broke out. When the smoke cleared, seven men, including Brown, lay dead or dying; seven had escaped; and 13 had been captured.
The next day, the prisoners faced an angry mob who would decide between hanging them or whipping them. Colored beans were used to count votes, and their lives were spared. The prisoners were whipped and put on a makeshift skiff in the Mississippi River with a warning never to return to Bellevue.

 After the war they unveiled  a huge mural depicting the history of Bellevue from the Native American tribes, the Sac and Fox in 1833 to the morning of April 2, 1840 the morning of the Bellevue war.

Enjoying a cone from Grandpas Parlor after the reenactment.

 After the unveiling of  the mural the kids got out and danced at the street dance.  I think Susie picked up a few new moves.
 Curt and the Fast Clides played up in DBQ.

 Just hanging out after hitting the Bronco.

 a couple of dummies.

A fresh batch of compost in the hoop house as we get ready for the fall/winter garden

And a fresh layer of mulch as the new plants start to come up.

A few zuc plants and lots of spinach

 radishes, carrots and some beans

And finally a picture of one of our biological pest control methods under some chives.

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