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The Mandatory New England Fall Foliage Blog

When you live in New England, you're just expected to fall in love with fall all over again every year.

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A Boggy Day in Middleton

Why would someone wuss out from crossing a 6-acre blog? It was not a rhetorical question.

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Apple Picking Etiquette


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EMBRACE PROHIBITION (Bottle Trees – A New Englander’s View)

"Bottle Trees at first glance seem like an environmentalist’s dream (all those bottles kept out of the landfill), and a neighbor’s nightmare I called “junk on a stump” masquerading as art." Alison Colby-Campbell

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Can’t See the Flower for the Weeds – A Dandelion’s Contribution to Society

Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them. ~A.A. Milne

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Discoveries Among the Late Autumn Leaves of Weir Hill

My colleague, Beth, used to be able to tell when I’d stayed out of the woods too long. She’d look at me and suggest I get my feet in gear. And yesterday I recognized the need myself and called down to my husband to accompany me. We took a long walk around the Weir Hill Reservation in North Andover, MA, one of the Trustees of Reservations properties

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A Field of Dreamy Sculpture – The Intersection of Art & Nature

In New England, the perfect summer day is such a rare treat as to insist we take advantage of it whenever it deigns to visit. Like flowers ever facing the sun, in summer, I shift from my regular haunts to get my cultural fix based less on the type of art, and more on the venue’s proximity to the parts of nature that I love most.