Quietly on the Hill

Don’t you just love a quiet Saturday afternoon when nothing is planned? 

That happened to us yesterday. We didn’t have to be anywhere! So, we went somewhere. About noon, Little Bit and I took off down a gravel road near our house. 

By the time 6 p.m. rolled around, we’d been in 3 different counties, crossed numerous creeks, saw a cellar practically sitting on the road, went to an amazing roadside park, and stopped at several cemeteries including the one where Laura Ingalls Wilder, her husband Almanzo, and her daughter Rose are buried. 

As we made our way towards home on some lonely highway, the sun tipped her hat to say good night. Just then, I saw the most glorious thing:

A house.

Clearly abandoned long ago, it didn’t seem to be bothered by the fact that, except for a few cattle grazing nearby, it stood alone, quietly on the hill. 


33 thoughts on “Quietly on the Hill

  1. thechickengrandma January 29, 2017 / 9:19 pm

    I always love your pictures! I feel like I have been along on the journey.

    • Jessica January 29, 2017 / 9:25 pm

      Aw! I wish!! You would’ve loved it. Especially that roadside park. It sits down below the main road and that water is soooo clear. It was breathtaking. And, I just could not understand why cars were not stopping there. Clearly, they missed out. Well, I’m glad to have you along on our journey, even if it’s through pictures. You’re welcome anytime! :)

  2. Miriam January 29, 2017 / 10:24 pm

    Oh wow, these photos are absolutely gorgeous, in fact I kinda got goosebumps. Loved this. So much peace in this post Jess. ❤️ xo

    • Jessica January 29, 2017 / 10:25 pm

      Oh my gosh! Goosebumps?? That’s quite a compliment, my dear. Thank you. 💜

      • Miriam January 29, 2017 / 10:28 pm

        Yep, true. And it’s my pleasure. ❤️

        • Jessica January 29, 2017 / 10:31 pm

          You’re the sweetest!!

  3. sandyjwhite January 29, 2017 / 10:36 pm

    There’s nothing quite like an impromptu trip. Loved your photos!

    • Jessica January 30, 2017 / 12:12 pm

      Thank you sooo much! That’s nice of you to say! It was a lovely afternoon. :)

  4. Annika Perry January 30, 2017 / 4:08 am

    A beautiful explorative walk, Jessica – I feel I was there with you.😀 As a Laura Ingalls’ fan, I would want to stop and pay my respects. The house on the hill is magnificent – isolated, imposing but somehow welcoming. Thank you for letting us tag along on your Sunday walk!❤️

    • Jessica January 30, 2017 / 11:55 am

      Hey girl, how are you? I figured you were a Laura Ingalls fan. Her place that’s near us is Rocky Ridge, where she, Almanzo and Rose lived. Here is a link, if you’d like to see it. http://www.lauraingallswilderhome.com.

      We were hoping the gift shop was open because we’re reading the Rose years and wanted to purchase the next book. Turns out they’re closed until March 1. It’s a really neat place. We’ve been a few times.

      Thank you- that house on the hill did seem welcoming. Thanks for your kind comments.

      • Annika Perry January 31, 2017 / 6:16 am

        Thank you so for sending the link – it’s been lovely to read through and oh, I’d love to visit. It’s obviously very popular with over 30,000 visitors a year! It’s wonderful when you can see the writing desk of the famous writers, gives me goosebumps being so close to their creative space. We often visited Bronte Parsonage of Charlotte Bronte et al fame – tiny house set high on the moors, once there it’s easy to understand where their stories came from in such a remote location.

        • Jessica January 31, 2017 / 9:17 am

          Oh my gosh. Going there sounds fun as well. There’s something quite unique about stepping into someone’s kitchen and seeing where they are meals as a family after a hard days work. The tie before last that we went, they had the upstairs open and we got to take a peek. They rarely open it for visitors. I think my favorite thing about the house is Mary’s organ. Pretty neat to see.

  5. thecraftingbakinggodmum January 30, 2017 / 12:13 pm

    Stunning photos as always :)

    • Jessica January 30, 2017 / 12:19 pm

      Hi! Thank you SO much!!

      • thecraftingbakinggodmum January 30, 2017 / 12:20 pm

        Very welcome :)

        • Jessica January 30, 2017 / 12:23 pm

          It was such a great day! I loved going around that corner and seeing that cellar! We’d never been on that road before, so it was quite a treat. Plus, the Angels were plentiful at the cemeteries that day. The picture I posted is an Angel holding a baby. It was so sweet!

  6. thejuicenut January 30, 2017 / 5:57 pm

    Thank you so much for the Wilder photos and the link! What a lovely day you had and such blue skies 😊

    • Jessica January 30, 2017 / 6:10 pm

      Hi! I’ve been waiting for you! 😊😊 We went, thinking they were open… And, I was going to take pictures for you. The gates were all locked! Ha! Oh well. We’ll go back in March. The cemetery is the town cemetery, so you can go there year round. It’s not a big thing to go there either- no tickets to buy. You can just go.

      Thank you for reading. It was an amazing day.

      • thejuicenut January 30, 2017 / 6:13 pm

        You only just caught me! I had been to bed and got up again, unable to sleep and began reading Reader posts. I am taking a break for a while from today (Tuesday), so I’m glad I had chance to see your post. Thank you, I loved the photos. They lived to a good old age, too.

        • Jessica January 30, 2017 / 6:30 pm

          Oh, I do hope you can get to sleep. I’ve been waking up at night and not able to get back to sleep for like a month. No fun. Hope you get some rest!

          Yes, I agree. I love that they had long lives. The last time we went last fall, we toured the stone house that Rose bought for them from Sears and Roebuck. It is really neat in there. Of course, they don’t allow cameras in either house.

          Since we are reading the Rose years books, I can just picture them living there. Pretty neat.

  7. DailyMusings January 30, 2017 / 7:02 pm

    wonderful photos- I love walking through cemeteries

    • Jessica January 30, 2017 / 7:35 pm

      Hi. Thanks so much! Me, too. :)

    • Jessica January 30, 2017 / 11:15 pm

      Welcome! Thank you so much! I truly appreciate that. It was a really fun day. :)

  8. rabbitpatchdiary.com January 31, 2017 / 4:40 am

    what a beautiful way to spend the afternoon-the pictures are wonderful.

    • Jessica January 31, 2017 / 7:04 am

      Hi! How nice to see you. Thank you for your kind compliment. The pictures were easy to take- great subjects filled our entire day. I told Little Bit yesterday, I hope when he grows up, he remembers all these rides he took with me. ❤️

      • rabbitpatchdiary.com January 31, 2017 / 9:41 am

        i assure he will- and I thought of that exact thing as I read your post-you are passing your love for the earth to generations to come after you. x

        • Jessica January 31, 2017 / 10:06 am

          Oh my gosh- you are SO sweet. I LOVE what you said. “Love for the earth” You make me smile immensely, girl. Thank you.

          • rabbitpatchdiary.com January 31, 2017 / 2:53 pm

            it just the truth-and you nor Little Bit will ever be sorry! Keep playing in the woods always! you give me hope for this world!

          • Jessica January 31, 2017 / 2:56 pm

            Oh my. You truly are a gift to me. Bless you and your faith in me!

  9. Debra Farmer February 1, 2017 / 8:00 am

    Some of the best trips are the unplanned ones! I know LB is always ready to “load up”.
    Love from KS♥

    • Jessica February 1, 2017 / 11:59 am

      Yes ma’am. That’s one thing he and Wylie definitely have in common! ❤️

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