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My Last Day of Freedom {Family}

Today was the kids’ last day of school. Insert tears here. Today was also my last day of freedom. Insert wailing and moaning here. The kids will be with me every. Single. Day. For the next 3 months…

Knowing I was dreading my impending loss of freedom, the hubs took today off and declared it “Day of Daenel”. We started the day with breakfast at our favorite diner, Hickory House Restaurant. That was our only plan, we decided to play the rest of our day by ear.

So we hopped in the car and drove down to the Mississippi River. If you’re a regular reader, you know how much I love driving down to the river. It’s so beautiful. You can see some of my pictures from the area by clicking here. But today, we decided to follow the river to the opposite side of where I usually take pictures…

Mississippi River

Is that not the most beautiful view ever?

Mississippi River

See the bridge behind the hubs? That’s where I usually stand and take my pictures, it was so nice to see things from a different vantage point.

After we finished at the Mississippi River, we weren’t quite ready to go home so we walked around the mall for a bit. Then we went to one of my favorite places, the Bollinger Mill so the hubs could see the  Burfordville Covered Bridge.

Bollinger Mill

I absolutely love it out there, but I’ve never been there when the Mill has been opened for tours. Today was our lucky day!

Burfordville Covered Bridge
You can see my pictures of the bridge and from the tour by clicking here.

Are your kids out of school? How will you spend your summer vacation?

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Getting to Know Missouri {This or That Thursday}

How’s everyone doing? I’m OK, haven’t had much of an opportunity to get out and shoot anything so I’m sharing a few more pictures from last week’s trip to the Bollinger Mill Historic site…

One of the main attractions at the Bollinger Mill Historic Site is the Burfordville Covered Bridge, the oldest covered bridge in Missouri. I absolutely love this bridge and could spend hours photographing it.

Burfordville Covered Bridge {This or That Thursday}

Isn’t it gorgeous? The bridge spans the Whitewater River and is built mainly of Yellow Poplar.

Burfordville Historic Site {This or That Thursday}
Construction began on the bridge in 1858 by Joseph Lansmon. The photo above is part of the ceiling, showing how the iron rods are used to support the structure (a method called Howe~truss construction).

Burfordville Covered Bridge {This or That Thursday}
All along the inside walls of the bridge, people have carved their names with dates. This wasn’t the oldest but it was one of the easiest ones to read. The historian in me always wants to find out the stories behind the carvings. Did the couples stay together? What became of F.P.?

Burfordville Covered Bridge {This or That Thursday}
The floor of the bridge is as beautiful as the exterior. Can you imagine riding across this on a wagon?

If you could visit any time in history, which would you choose? Why?

I’m linking up with Deb of deb duty photography for This or That Thursday.

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Bollinger Mill Historic Site {This or That Thursday}

I drove out to the Bollinger Mill Historic Site last week and had a fun time roaming around and taking pictures of everything. The sun was shining, the birds were chirping, it was just one of those days that begged to captured and remembered.

Bollinger Mill Historic Site {This or That Thursday}
I love old abandoned homes, there’s something mysterious about them. I want to know who lived in the house, why they left it…

Bollinger Mill Historic Site {This or That Thursday}
Despite the “Open” sign hanging on the front door, the Old Mill Store looked as if it had been abandoned many years ago.

Bollinger Mill Historic Site {This or That Thursday}
This is the side of the mill, isn’t it beautiful? It was built in the 1800s and ran until the Civil War when it was burned down by the Union Army to prevent supplies of flour and meal from reaching the Confederate Army.

Bollinger Mill Historic Site {This or That Thursday}
Everyone knows how much I love a red door! Some day I hope to actually walk through that door and get a tour of the inside of the mill.

Bollinger Mill Historic Site {This or That Thursday}
The Whitewater River runs through the site. I enjoyed sitting on the bench and just listening to the water… Ah sweet serenity.

Do you ever just get out and go exploring in your neighborhood? What hidden gems have you found?

I’m linking up with Deb of deb duty photography for This or That Thursday.

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This or That Thursday {Getting to Know Missouri}

Two days ago, while out driving with Miss 18, I got a little lost and ended up in a town called Burfordville. Burfordville is a sleepy little historic town which boasts one of Missouri’s few remaining covered bridges as well as a mill that was built in 1800, damaged during the Civil War and later rebuilt. If you’d like to read more about the Bollinger Mill Historic Site, you can click here (there are also some pretty sweet pictures of the mill and the bridge).

While wandering around, my daughter and I noticed a little antique shop and decided to look around.  The owner was gracious enough to allow me to take pictures.

The River Runs Thru It {Antique Shop}

The store is located in a home that was built in the 1800s and still has the original hardware.

The River Runs Thru It {Door Knob}

The store is full of all sorts of beautiful old things ~ cast iron pans, needle point purses, vintage irons…

The River Runs Thru It {Back of the Store}

But I think one of my favorite pieces is the flower brooch that Miss 18 picked. Isn’t it beautiful?

The River Runs Thru It {Brooch}

You can see the rest of the pictures from our exploration by clicking here.

This or That Thursday is hosted by deb duty photography, if you’d like to join up all you have to do is:

  • This or That ThursdaySubmit the url of your blog post, not your homepage
  • link up a photo that was taken by you
  • include a link back to deb duty photography (use the button or text link)
  • visit a few other blogs and leave some comment love

Easy, right?

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Bollinger Mill Historic Site {Getting to Know Missouri}

I’ve said it before, but I have the navigation skills of a monkey in a windstorm. I used to be able to drive myself across state lines without so much as a map, gps  or cell phone without getting lost, now I spend 85% of my time listening to that infernal “Recalculating” over and over and over again. The rest of the time is spent laughing at the fact that I can get lost driving in a straight line.

So as it usually happens when Miss 18 and I get in the car, we got lost. I don’t know how or why but she and I always get lost when we head out. I used to panic and worry that we’d be driving around for days before we’re found two states over in the middle of a corn field. Now I just go with it and, unless I have a pressing engagement, we usually end up sight seeing and having the best time ever.

Yesterday’s adventure took us to the Bollinger Mill Historic Site in Burfordville, Missouri.

Bollinger Mill

Bollinger Mill

The Bollinger Mill was built in 1800 by Maj. George Frederick Bollinger on a 640~acre grant from Louis Lorimier, the Spanish Commandant of Cape Girardeau District of Louisiana. The mill was damaged in the Civil War and later rebuilt. It operated until 1950.

I love love love old buildings and the history geek in me was totally excited about what we discovered.

Burfordville Covered Bridge

Burfordville Covered Bridge

The Burfordville Covered Bridge is one of Missouri’s few remaining covered bridges. Construction on the bridge began in 1860 but was suspended due to the Civil War, and wasn’t completed until 1867. The bridge is made completely of yellow poplar and was built by Cape Girardeau contractor Joseph Lansmon.

I think it looks a lot like the bridge used in the movie The Bridges of Madison County, don’t you?

The River Runs Thru It

The River Runs Thru It Antique Shop

The River Runs Thru It is a sweet little antique shop in the town of Burfordville, Missouri. 

The owner of the shop was so incredibly nice. He let Miss 18 and me roam through the shop, while he talked about the area’s history. Really, how often do you get an history lesson while shopping?

I can’t wait to take the rest of the family and go back when there are leaves on the trees and flowers in bloom. Until that time, you can check out the rest of the pictures by clicking here.

What do you do when you get lost? Panic or go with the flow?

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