The Brood and the Bagpipe: A Horror Story

Brood III, also known as the Iowan Brood, has emerged in Winterset. The Brood consists of millions of cicadas who emerge above ground once every 17 years. They’re not poisonous and pose no harm to humans, according to the literature I’ve found. That discounts near heart failure on first encounter. This emergence is welcomed with {Read More…}

Alpaca on the Lawn

Last Fall these fine fellows were on the courthouse lawn for the Covered Bridge Festival. These docile beasts stood quietly, leaning against one another, humming deep in their chests. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm… We stood next to the pen for over 15 minutes and they never stopped humming. They live nearby on a local farm, but came to {Read More…}

Bertha at Bike Night

The 3rd Saturday evening of April – September is reserved for Bike Night on the Winterset Square. Even though the square is only 2 blocks from our house, we didn’t go to Bike Night until the last meet of the year. And, we were amazed at the event. There were hundreds of motorcycles and even {Read More…}

Madison County Magic

Kirk Murray, of the University of Iowa, took a day-trip to Madison County in August. His article is a must-read. It’s a love story. With its friendly people, rolling scenery, and covered bridges etched with history, I can’t help but recommend a day trip to Winterset and Madison County. Not because you can get away {Read More…}

Funky Chicken

One of our regular stomping grounds is the Madison County Historical Complex. It sits on 18 acres of gorgeous hilltop at the southeast edge of town. This spring a new flock of chickens was introduced to the grounds. That’s nothing new in rural Iowa but, when we first saw the flock, we thought something was {Read More…}