There is no time like fair time

Today is the first day of the Minnesota State Fair,  The last day is September 4th. If you have never been to our fair you need to go. The MN state fair is the largest in the country as measured by daily attendance and the second only to the Texas state fair when it comes to overall attendance. The Texas State fair runs for twice as many days.

What I love about the fair is that it hasn’t changed all that much since I first went as a child, a long time ago. 🙂 Foods are added every year usually deep fried and on a stick and lately more bacon has been added to the menu.

The best way to get to the fair is to take one of the many buses that run from large parking lots to the fair about every 10 minutes.

minnesota state fair
Minnesota state fair

Bee food and butterfly habitat

Please leave the milkweed that may be growing in your yard alone. To some it is a weed but to bees it is a much needed food source and it is the where the monarch butterflies lay their eggs. The plant provides food for the caterpillars that will eventually become butterflies.

honey bee and milkweed

We often replace native plants with the few varieties we find in nurseries. We need to grow more native plants for pollinators.


Winter isn’t what it used to be


I am not complaining but last winter was a bit wimpy by Minnesota standards. I found scilla  blooming along an alley in Saint Paul on Sunday. (The blue flowers above) Home sales are brisk, partly because of the warmer weather.  The picture was taken downtown in mid-April a few years ago. Let’s hope that this April is kinder.

Green bikes – 6th street