Catbird

Lots of Catbirds, no Baltimore Orioles

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When we stay in Cape Cod we always make a stop at the Bird Watcher’s General Store in Orleans.  They have a great selection of items and I got several feeders designed to attract Baltimore Orioles. These photos were taken two years ago and I’ve still to see an Oriole. What I do get is Gray Catbirds which I find to be a handsome bird. The are named for their call which does sound like a cat.

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Time to Take a Breath Again

Time to take a breath again

It keeps getting uglier with the current administration, the latest is AG Jeff Sessions joking about separating families (to cheers and laughs) at a conservative criminal justice organization in Los Angeles. Ugh, how despicable.

It is useless to troll Trump and his ilk on Social Media, once again it is affecting my health. This blog was created to accentuate the positive aspects of life. In the coming weeks I’ll be sharing posts from other blogs that have a similar philosophy.

I’ll end with something tasty.

Strawberry Social

Late June Flowers

Originally posted on New Hampshire Garden Solutions:
St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) gets its common name from the way that it flowers near June 24th, which is St. Johns day, but it has been well known since ancient times. The Roman military doctor Proscurides used it to treat patients as early as the 1st century…

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St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) gets its common name from the way that it flowers near June 24th, which is St. Johns day, but it has been well known since ancient times. The Roman military doctor Proscurides used it to treat patients as early as the 1st century AD, and it was used by the ancient Greeks before that. The black dots on its yellow petals make this flower very easy to identify. Originally from Europe, it can be found in meadows and along roadside growing in full sun.

Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) is not a native plant so I’m always surprised to see it growing here and there along the edge of the forest. I don’t see it in the wild often but it seems to escape gardens and find places that suit its temperament and there it stays, sometimes forming small colonies. It’s an unusual…

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At the start

Originally posted on Cycling with Mama:
After much waiting the bus took us to Prague. We had a little time so we took a walk around. Planning a tour in the AM and then the next day we star our ride in a western direction

Cycling with Mama, an update

Cycling with Mama

After much waiting the bus took us to Prague. We had a little time so we took a walk around. Planning a tour in the AM and then the next day we star our ride in a western direction

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New Growth

New Growth on River Road

The budding twigs spread out their fan,
To catch the breezy air;
And I must think, do all I can,
That there was pleasure there.

Lines Written in Early Spring ~ William Wordsworth

New Growth
New Oak Leaves
New Growth
Birch leaves and catkin
New Growth
Blueberries
New Growth
Maple leaves along River Road
New Growth
White Pine “Candles”

New Growth

New Growth
Native Azalea

Souhegan Sustainability Fair – 2017

Souhegan Sustainability Fair

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Photos from the 2017 Souhegan Sustainability Fair held at the Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative High School.

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Habitat Maps (This is the one for my town)
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I’m familiar with vermicomposting. I have kept worms for about 20 years. Great project.
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Worms
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“Romaine Calm” – Souhegan Valley CO-OP committee
Souhegan Sustainability Fair
Dan Weeks talking about Solar Energy
Souhegan Sustainability Fair
Growing under Lights
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Fox Den Farm, one of many local farms at the fair
Souhegan Sustainability Fair
Recycling plastic grocery bags
Souhegan Sustainability Fair
Preparing plastic bags for weaving
Souhegan Sustainability Fair
Finished project, blue color is created from recycled newspaper bags
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One of the many products sold by Plowshare Farm at 43 Main Street in Wilton, NH. Visit their Facebook Page.
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Recycled Jeans
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Die Green
Green Coffin
I tried out a “green” coffin

Being Real

Being Real

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One of my retirement goals is removing decades of clutter. In that task I find myself finding troves of forgotten memories. Today it was stuffed animals.

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My sister gave my daughter a stuffed pig which she still keeps as a companion. That reminds me of the story of the Velveteen Rabbit.
"What is REAL?" asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by
side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. "Does
it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?"

"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that
happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just
to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real."

"Does it hurt?" asked the Rabbit.

"Sometimes," said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. "When
you are Real you don't mind being hurt."

"Does it happen all at once, like being wound up," he asked, "or bit
by bit?"

"It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It
takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who
break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept.
Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved
off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very
shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are
Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."

"I suppose you are real?" said the Rabbit. And then he wished he had
not said it, for he thought the Skin Horse might be sensitive. But the
Skin Horse only smiled. - Velveteen Rabbit

In the boxes I found in the attic is an entire stuffed menagerie. It is my hope that these animals need to be with children not locked away in a plastic tomb in my attic. I will find a home for them, stay tuned. Let’s visit the zoo.

Did you have a favorite stuffed animal? I didn’t, I had a blue and yellow toy seaplane which was my favorite. I am not normal.