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This Is Our View - Staying Lively

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By: Nancy LembkeThe day had barely begun when we noticed some unusual activity happening in front of our property.  A semi & a pickup truck had stopped on the road, not a typical occurrence on this State Route that runs from Sugarcreek to Coshocton.  As we strained to see what caused the flow of traffic to stop, we noticed three ‘strange’ horses being herded into the fenced pasture next door by our neighbor kids. While it doesn’t happen often, there is the occasional “critter escapee” here in Amish Country.  These particular three ‘visitors’ had escaped their home pasture from nearly two miles away.  The owners were grateful t ...

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A View From The Inn

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There is something surreal about an early morning fog in the valleys of southeast Ohio.  Hill tops look like tiny islands surrounded by mysterious white fluff.  As the sun slowly burns off the low-lying haze, one notices small clusters of Amish homes nestled within the edges of woodlands & harvested fields. Dairymen, already finished with their early morning milking, have given leave to the cows who now slowly choose a place in the pasture to enjoy another fall day. A breeze blows through the low-lands & chases off the final wisps of any lingering haze.  A new beauty emerges for those who take a moment to enjoy God's creation.

THIS IS OUR VIEW - Sights, Sounds, Se...

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THIS IS OUR VIEW - Sights, Sounds, SeasonsBy: Nancy Lembke“Harvest Moon” is what they call the full moon of September - a moon bright enough that one could see well enough after the sun has set to continue harvesting the appropriate crops.   The challenge to get children up and ready for school becomes harder since the sun doesn’t want to ‘get up’ early either.  Cool nights make for better sleeping than the “dog days of summer” and wearing a sweater in the morning hours that can be removed as the day warms up is a matter of necessity.Seasonal changes effect even the critters.  Many varieties of birds have already begun their migra ...

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A Valley View Inn Ohio

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We still smile when we recall the question from a lady who called to make reservations.  It was in early May and she was making plans to come sometime later that year.  "Can you tell me what week you think will have the best weather between now and October?" she innocently asked.The question caught me totally by surprise.  Finally I replied, "Well, in Ohio there is a saying; "if you don't like the weather, wait an hour as a change will likely be coming"."While it may not be that unpredictable, there are seasons in Ohio where one wisely chooses to wear a sweatshirt in the forenoon but by lunch time a sleeveless shirt & shorts are sufficient. Enjoy the changes in life; wheth ...

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A View From The Inn

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The Gladiolus flowers are in bloom.  This is the first time these beautiful flowers have been planted at the Inn. The bulbs were given to us, but with no particular information included.  So, early this spring the small bulbs were stuck in the ground &, as with all bulb-type plants, the waiting began.  At first the sword-like greens poked through the soil, slowly growing longer & longer.  Then, the erect spikes, now at least 3 ft. tall, began to reveal that the flowers were going to be red. The brilliant red blooms that open ever-so-gradually along the sword-shaped spikes seem to shout out their prominence over the shorter flowers around them.  But another su ...

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Nature creates a way

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Look closely at the picture—there’s more than just some pretty river bottom stones to see. Barely visible to any passerby, the Killdeer nest in the center of the photo contains four precious eggs. Killdeer chicks are one of the few fowl that literally leave the egg within minutes and are off and running. Looking like little cotton balls on tiny sticks, hey scurry after their ever-vigilant parents, following them to safety.  Should a predator, including some curious human, get too close to the nest or the chicks, at least one of the adult birds will call loudly and pretend to have an injured wing. Staying just ahead of whatever is attempting to catch it, the adult craftily lu ...

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This Is Our View - May

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It’s time for morel mushrooms! Spring rains and hot, humid days bring out the annual fungi that are so delicious simply sautéed in butter.These springtime delicacies are worth their weight in gold. Well, maybe not gold, but definitely silver. Elusive and a challenge to find, morel mushrooms are a springtime delight that brings out the most determined hunters.At the weekly Farmerstown auction, bidders were vying against one another to the tune of $70 per pound. While that seems like a high price to pay, consider what it takes to hunt for these tiny morsels. Often climbing over uneven, muddy terrain, traversing around or over fallen trees, f ...

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This Is Our View

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By Nancy LembkeIn the fall they seem to slip out of their summer colors of bright yellow and distinctive black and put on dull, humble shades of brown and tan feathers. Throughout the winter months they quietly blend in with the brown Sparrows and gray Juncos.  In Ohio, the Gold Finch seems content to melt into the dreary background of the darkness of winter.But now that spring has arrived, these tiny resident birds suddenly burst upon the scene in their brightest apparel, seemingly challenging even the earliest yellow dandelions in the yard. The huge bird-feeder station behind the Inn is a place of constant activity. When we say "huge", we aren't exaggerating. It measures 4x8 fEEt ...

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This is our View

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This is our View
“Majestic” seems to be the most appropriate word to describe the Bald Eagle that sat high in a leafless tree near Fender’s Fish Hatchery. He was too far away for us to observe what he was looking at, but one could easily surmise that he was attentive to any movement of a fish near the surface of the pond directly below his perch.  Knowing that he had more time to wait than we did, we continued on our journey.
 
Depending on the season, in our own back yard we have noted Junco, Robins, Blue Bird, Cardinals, Blue Jays, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Rufus-sided Towhee, many varieties of woodpeckers, including the Pileated Woodpecker, Chickadees, Warbler ...

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