Sunday Phoneography: Floods, Farm Markets and Harmonica Playing

The Mississippi has arrived on a main road through lowertown St. Paul, closing it as an east/ west route. Life goes on however, as the Farmer’s Market is in full swing and St. Paul Jazz Fest sets up for the weekend.

Crosby Farm: Saturday

Just one mile from our home is Crosby Farms Regional Park. The original 160 acre farm was active in the mid to late 1800’s and was the largest and longest running farm in the West End/Highland Park area of St. Paul, MN. Cattle, dairy cows, horses, pigs, and chickens were raised on the farm, along with crops including potatoes and apples.

Today is is a wild, virtually untouched parcel of 736 acres; the largest natural park in the Saint Paul system of parks and it is an important component in a string of parks that protects the biodiversity of the Mississippi River corridor through the Twin Cities. “The park protects…floodplain forest and adjacent steep, wooded slopes cloaked mostly in oak forest, a scattering of wetlands and small lakes (Crosby Lake and Upper Lake), and the Mississippi River shoreline. When the Mississippi River floods fish and other aquatic animals gain access to these small lakes, which act as nurseries for their offspring.”  Source material http://www.nps.gov

Moody

I want this place saved for artists. If I had buckets of money, I would buy it. You are all welcome. I have formed this recent, rather formidable attachment and cannot stay away. This relic from the 1920’s will be sold (rumors) or torn down. Whatever happens, it will be sanitized, made pretty, landscaped and condominimized (like that?!) and I will not be able to afford, nor will want to go there any more. I suppose that is why I cling to it now and will continue to do so, until thrown out, locked up, or there is nothing left.

Rambling along the Mississippi in Minnesota

We took a little jaunt along the Mississippi, following Route 61 past Red Wing and on to Wabasha, MN. In between, we stopped at Reads Landing, a mere sign post and sharp turn off the two lane highway. We had lunch at Reads Landing Brewing Company and watched eagles high above the river. A fisherman posed with his amazing catch of the day and the Queen Anne’s Lace was in full summer glory.

Sunday at the Park

It is a spectacular June day…not too hot, breezy- perfect for people, kids, dogs…everyone! So we took my partner’s mom our for lunch at Sea Salt  (cool! they have a WordPress blog!) near Minnehaha Falls (can you hear Longfellow reciting poetry??!) in Minnehaha Park.

While there, folks were passing out beautiful pottery from Northern Clay Center.