1. 1.
    traveling from place to place, especially working or based in various places for relatively short periods.
    "the peripatetic nature of military life"
    synonyms:nomadic, itinerant, traveling, wandering, roving, roaming, migrant,migratory, unsettled
    "I could never get used to her peripatetic lifestyle"
  2. 2.
  1. 1.
    a person who travels from place to place.
  2. 2.
    an Aristotelian philosopher.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Little Cabin in the (Southern Illinois) Woods

The Cabin at Mountain Glen in Cobden, Illinois

Little cabin in the woods
Little old man at the window stood

Saw a rabbit hopping by
Then knocking at his door
Meadow view from the Cabin 

"Help me! Help me, sir!" he said.
"Or the hunter shoot me dead!"

Passionflower vine in the meadow

"Come, little rabbit, come inside,
Safely to abide..."


Yes, I really am off my rocker, just in case you were wondering--off my rocker on the cabin porch and back to work in Florida. Vacation in Southern Illinois is over. Or is it?

I am still savoring wild cherries and wondering what elderberries (if that's what those pink berries are) taste like...

Capturing deer emerging from thickets...

Taking a boat ride on Kinkaid Lake to a favorite jumping-off point...

Shooting wild turkeys--with the camera--just as the sun comes up...

Watching Grandson take his first hike in Giant City State Park...

Taking advantage of family photo opps...

Thinking that silliness abounds when Grandson's around.

I can't leave Southern Illinois without bringing home some of its summertime bounty. The peaches are from Rendleman Orchards in Alto Pass. Tomatoes are courtesy of a generous brother-in-law who loves to garden.


  1. Sounds like you had a great time in a cabin in the wood! Walking in the wood, savoring wild berries, taking a boat ride ,jumping in the water...what wonderful summer holidays with your loved ones!

    The passionflower is called Tokeisō here、which means clock plant, you see a long hand and a short one and a second one on the flower.

  2. Beautiful place there in Illinois! Wish I could be there right now...was is much cooler than Florida???

    The lake looked so refreshing!

  3. Helo W2W,

    Those are wonderful pictures. Especially the first picture of your cabin, and the one in which ur grandson making fun of u..

    Hope u had a great time celebrating with your family..

  4. Looks like a wonderful time! I think I've only been to Giant City State Park one time; such a lovely place, so different from most of Illinois. Those peaches look delicious. I wondered if you saw signs of drought while you were there--southern Illinois is in even a worse state of drought than we are here in the center of the state.

  5. Ah, what a wonderful vacation! Esp with grandson to keep everyone laughing. Special moments in time and captured with the camera....

    Stay tuned to In the Garden for a great giveaway...

  6. Dear Walk2write,
    such a beautiful vacation it must have been! As to the 'elderberries' - I can say they are not - but can only guess what they might be - looks a bit like sumach to me, but might be wrong. With those wonderful peaches you are on the safe and delicious side!

  7. Cosmos, thanks for the information on the the "clock" plant. It does indeed resemble a clock face.

    Julie, it wasn't at all cool in Illinois. We had temps in the 100s Fahrenheit so the day on the lake was a welcome break. It has been an unusually hot and dry summer in the Midwest.

    Tomz, thanks, we did have a wonderful time visiting with various family members. Grandson would be a great icebreaker for any gathering. He is not shy at all about making adults look silly.

    Rose, yes, the southern part of the state has been hard hit by the heat and drought. Southeast Missouri has suffered too. When we crossed the Mississippi River into Illinois, it looked shallow enough to walk across it!

    Thanks, Skeeter. I've been MIA from blogging but plan to remedy that ASAP.

    I do believe you're right, Britta. It does look like sumac. I don't know why I forgot what that looks like. I think I must have heard someone mentioning elderberries while we were there and got carried away with the idea.

  8. That looks like a perfect vacation, peaches and all!

  9. Looks like such a beautiful spot! Vacations with grandsons must be grand! It looks like silliness abounded for all of you!

  10. Great post. It presents a different image of Illinois than what I'm used to.... :)

  11. It was perfect, Sarah. The only thing I could have wished for was some rain because of the drought situation. I didn't even mind the heat. Guess we're used to it.

    Ciss B, this was our first vacation with the grandson, and it was just peachy. The family reunion was the best part.

    Thanks, TB. You should try visiting the southern part sometime. You will be amazed and delighted.

  12. Hi W2W .. interesting to see the views - those elderberries aren't like ours - we have white flowers and black clusters of berries.

    I'd love to have a swim and jump into the lake .. looks lovely .. and that cabin so rustic looking ...

    Enjoy being home though .. cheers Hilary

  13. Wow! That place looks fantastic--where is it again??? You know so-Illinois isn't that far from me!

    And I love that song about the rabbit. I'm sure you know the hand motions, right? :D <3

  14. Miss Hilary, I was wrong (not the first time) about the elderberries. It's sumac, something I should be familiar with. Guess I'm getting forgetful in my old age. I am enjoying being at home again. Thanks!

    Leigh, you could easily make a trip down to the southern part of IL. Spend a night at the Lodge in Giant City. Fall is probably the best time of year, when it cools off and the bugs aren't as buggy. Of course I know the hand motions. My daughter taught me the song. She learned it in Kindergarten (25 years ago!!!).

  15. Looks like a splendid vacation