THE WALMART MUSEUM in Bentonville, AR

The Terry Block Building in 1950 was occupied by a traditional drug store and it’s ice cream soda fountain on the Bentonville town square. In this same building, on May 9, 1950, Sam Walton opened up his original Walton 5-10 store – the forerunner of Wal-Mart Inc . This location is now the Walmart Museum. Visitors will find the 5-10 store complete with the original floor tiles, tin ceilings, an exhibit/artifacts gallery, “The Spark Cafe Soda Fountain” and many interesting tidbits about Sam Walton’s life and the start up days of Waltons 5-10 / Walmart. The Soda Fountain sells Yarnells ice cream, which is the first ice cream that Sam sold.

After Sam passed away in 1992, workers carefully photographed, catalogued, and removed the contents of Walton’s office, even the wood paneling and carpet! The office was reconstructed in the museum exactly as it had been for all to see and reflect. Sam’s dog, Ole Roy, is as famous as Sam Walton and the namesake for the Walmart brand dog food even today. Admission is free.

Humble beginnings can flourish like you can hardly imagine……..

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THE CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM OF ART in Bentonville, AR

The Crystal Bridges Museum of American art was founded by Alice Walton ( daughter of Sam Walton) and opened in 2011. Free to all. The museum was named after, and built around a natural spring, Crystal Spring. Just a short walk from the museum’s south entrance, Crystal Spring bubbles up from under a rocky overhang in a deep hollow. This beautiful, natural spring has been a source of fresh water for more than 100 years. The water pours forth at a rate of 100 to 125 gallons per minute, at a chill 52 degrees.. This spring is the living heart of the Crystal Bridges’ grounds.

Along with the astounding Crystal Spring feeding the pool of water around the museum and the amazing art collection, the grounds also have 3 and 1/2 miles of trails. The trails include outdoor sculptures and an amphitheater. These trails and the scenery themselves are magnificent – like a continual work of art as you walk along the paths.

When I first arrived, I wasn’t so sure how I felt about the crazy, unique design of the buildings that made up the museum. But the more I saw and walked through the different sections, the more I fell in love. I loved all aspects of the museum, but I especially noticed that almost every gallery had a window showing a different ” snippet of scenery” of the museum buildings and setting. The more window scenes I saw, the more it revealed that each window’s scenery, was in itself, a work of art. These “works of art” tied all the buildings together. All the different photos of the museum in this posting were taken from these windows. I have been in dozens of art museums, but I have never seen this done before. It is sheer genius!

If you add this museum to your travel list, and you should, be sure to allow a whole day to see it all and wear good walking shoes. Otherwise, you will leave disappointed and saddened for you are sure you would have loved what you missed. Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoyed!!

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” by Thomas Merson

BENTONVILLE, ARKANSAS – A WONDERFUL SURPRISE!!

“The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.”

BASIN SPRING PARK and TIN CHICKENS in EUREKA SPRINGS, AR

The chickens are homed at the “Metal Feathers” shop in Eureka Springs and all are ready for adoption. I loved them all at first sight!! A wonderful shop to spend money in!!!

We need more statues today that would send a message to “Love People. Be Kind to Them.”

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HISTORIC DOWNTOWN OF EUREKA SPRINGS, AR

EUREKA SPRINGS, ARKANSAS ADVENTURE !!

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PRETTY SUMMER BIRDS from my KITCHEN WINDOW

Despite the forecast – Live like it’s spring! By Lilly Pulitzer

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A DEMANDING JOB – EURASIAN SPARROWS FEEDING THEIR BABIES

You gotta love the feeding frenzy of mother birds feeding their demanding, ever hungry babies. These Eurasian sparrows are decedents of their ancestors that were brought to St. Louis, Missouri from Germany. Twenty of these birds were released in Lafayette park in south St. Louis in April 1870. Other European birds were also released but only the Eurasian sparrows successfully established a breeding population. They can be found in some areas of St. Louis, along the Illinois River in parts of Illinois and along the Mississippi River to southern Iowa. I have been lucky enough to have a handful of Eurasian Sparrows in my back yard, in south St Louis county, for the last 8 years. Year after year, they regularly raise their many families in my bluebird nest boxes, come to my feeders and drink from my bird bath. Just a reminder – you can always click on an individual photo for an enlargement. (You may have noticed the extra brace on the nest box door – these birds will literally stuff that box with so much nesting material that the door will bulge open.!! Also, sorry for the annoying shepherds hook in every photo – poor placement on my part)

( Pic and quote borrowed from the internet)

BLESSED are the BLUE BIRDS and their Babies in Summer 2021

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Botanicals with a Splash of Origami

I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.

( John Burroughs)

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