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Bob’s Reverie At The Farm


Barb loves to fish when she has an edge and doesn’t have the whole day to hopefully hook a neighbor with shoulders enough for us to spar with! 

APtravelnews-May 16th-Crossville, TN.—Goose Holler’ Farm—Bob’s reverie at the farm–I Woke up this morning to chirps from at least a dozen birds: Blue, red, black, gray, mottled, white, yellow, striped black and gray. Their songs and calls were sweet, some raucous, some sounding playful and a few staccato as in three different kinds of woodpeckers including a bright red headed one with a real attitude that come to our feeders and the older trees with lots of dead wood near the fence-line of Goose Holler Farm.

Today was especially auspicious, as the deer with and without antlers and testicles were feeding along a weed whacker line I made near the pond (the pond brings many varieties of ducks and geese over the year to rest and feed)  to keep our paths from growing wild and hiding some other unsavory visitors. These serpent critters such as water moccasins come looking for a red- eared, or blue-gilled sunfish, or a bass fish dish alongside the weedy shallows, along with some other potentially poisonous water snakes that we all prefer not to tread on, or brush by, by accident.  Sure, I have more squirrels and chipmunks per acre than probably anywhere in our area, as I have at least 150 trees per acre on our ten acre little farmstead, but until they get into our attic, I don’t shoot at them with anything more powerful than a stinging B-B gun to keep them from clearing the bird feeders within an hour or less.  

The trees are mostly big trees of nut and flower, oaks, black walnut, maples and almond, the billions of leaves- each one slightly different than the other, keep us shaded and cool in the summer. Together with the blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, gooseberry bushes and a sundry, seed bushes, not to mention our grown fresh veggies and herbs, we have a fine cornucopia. I guess that in the great profusion of wild plants, it would take a true horticulturist to be able to name them all.  I love waking and spending my day writing, looking out and on our land and up-keeping and gardening here.

 I guess the reason for this post is I really feel blessed to wake up to nature, and the honeysuckle, roses, peonies and lilac bushes blended a sweet natural aroma to a day full of promise that anyone could enjoy if they gave their I phone, laptop and TV a rest for a day or, two a week!

Book Review of A Taste for the Beautiful Book on the Evolution of Attraction

AmericanPresTravelNews–December 28th, PSL, FL– Book Review: Zoologist Michael J. Ryan explores how the female brain drives the evolution of sexual beauty in this entertaining yet quite authoritative new book. Taking up where Darwin left off “A Taste For the Beautiful: The Evolution of Attraction (publication date: February 7, 2018; $27.95), Michael Ryan, a leading authority on animal behavior, tells the remarkable story of how he and other scientists have transformed our understanding of sexual selection, shedding new light on human behavior in the process as well. Fascinating stories will bring you to pause, think and open your eyes about beauty and attraction. The book includes 8-halftones, is a 6X9 1/4 sized book with 16 color illustrations in this 208 page Cloth book. For you fine book-o-files the ISBN number is 978-0-691-16726-8 and the ebook ISBN is: 9781400889150.


Michael J. Ryan is the Clark Hubbs Regents Professor in Zoology at the U of Texas. He is also a Senior Research Associate at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. He is a leading researcher in the fields of sexual selection, mate choice, and animal communication. He lives in Austin, Texas.


John Kricher’s: The New Neotropical Companion Book; A Review

AmericanPressTravelNews-March 21st, A book review for The New Neotropical Companion, by Biologist, John Kricher “Bob & Barb Stopping to learn all about ecological issues.This book will help thousands understand the complex ecology and natural history of the most species-rich area on earth, the American tropics. This $35 dollar book has 432-pages with 18-color illustrations covering all of tropical America. It describes the species and habitats most likely to be observed by visitors. It includes every major Eco-system, from low land rain forests to the high Andes. The book features a wealth of color photos of habitats, plants and animals. Check out press.princeton.edu   The book is 7.5 X 9.5 inches and the ISBN: 978-0-691-11525-2. HAVE BOOK WILL TRAVEL!

Doubletree By Hilton, Our Host Hotel in Wilmington, Delaware

Looking back towards City of Wilmington from the Environmental Center.
Looking back towards City of Wilmington from the Environmental Center.
A comfortable and easy place to let your hair down!

AmericanPressTravelNews-November 8th, Wilmington, DE.–Bob and Barb “On The Road Again” and “Stopping to Smell the Roses” in Beautiful Wilmington, DE.-As we travel all across America, xthere are a few stand-out locations that are full of great amenities and very special cultural adventures for travelers and locals alike. Wilmington is very high on this list. So many great museums, so many fine restaurants and accommodations, such as the one we are enjoying right now-the DoubleTree by Hilton. When we arrived yesterday, we dropped off our bags and headed for  DuPont Environmental Education Center  (check them out on all social sites Delaware Nature : delanature.org/DEEC)  a marsh and tidal paradise right under a major bird flyway.

Check-in to our comfortable and excellent hotel accomodations.
Check-in to our comfortable and excellent hotel accommodations.
We love to keep as fit as possible! This hotel has got you covered.
Indoors and able to accommodate and keep you from the cold lap after lap.
Their restaurant and bar allows you to stay where you are and enjoy a decent meal from breakfast through dinner!
Wetlands protection and education teach about the life's blood of our world and our local environments.
Wetlands protection and education teach about the life’s blood of our world and our local environments.