Thursday, 12 April 2012

11. Kansas, USA

Kansas - home of little Dorothy and her gingham frock, Toto, Aunt Em and Uncle Henry.  No, I've never
really been there, but I feel as though I have.  Like everyone else of my generation, I've watched The Wizard of Oz umpty-million times, both as a child and as a long-suffering parent.  When I was a child, it was on TV every Christmas for years on end.  I remember my poor old Nana (who presumably thought she had seen it quite enough times) grumbling but still sitting through it, because she knew how excited I was about seeing it again.  Maybe she had a little nap - I wouldn't know because I was enthralled every time!  Say Kansas and straight away I see (black and white) fields stretching for miles, picket fences, little wooden houses and endless skies.

    

Of course, Kansas isn't all fields and prairies...

Kansas City

Does anyone reading live in Kansas or have you visited?  Or do you know of any good books set there? (Apart from the obvious one!)

8 comments:

Claudia Moser said...

So no more European destinations? :=)

Sarah Pearson said...

I've never been to Kansas but, I'll be honest, I've always pictured as all fields too :-)

LindaK said...

Back in Europe (UK) tomorrow, Claudia!
Sarah - thanks for visiting - will have something other than fields for you tomorrow!

Annalisa Crawford said...

Those photos are so dramatic.

I loved Wizard of Oz too - I assistant-produced the school production one year, I still know the words of the songs!

L.G.Smith said...

I don't live in Kansas, but I did live in Nebraska (right next door) for awhile. I have several photos of scary black skies filled with potential tornados. Spent a lot of time hiding in the basement while I lived there.

LindaK said...

Wow - can only imagine how scary that must be!

C.M.Brown said...

Hi from Australia, nice to see the pics of Kansas. Stopping by from the challenge. Nice to meet you.

CarolynBrown-Books

Bethie said...

I've driven through Kansas and have friends who live in Topeka and Kansas City. I remember being able to see for miles and Kansas City was fun. No ruby slippers or yellow brick roads, though.
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote was in Kansas. And I think at least one of the Little House on the Prarie Books.