Adventure, Family memories, Hiking in New England, Lighthouses, Nature, New England, New England Coast line, nOVA sCOTIA cANADA, Nova Star cruise/ferry, photography, Shores, Spring, Summer, Uncategorized

Follow the Light – Visiting Lighthouses in New England & Nova Scotia, Canada

Lighthouse people are as proud of bagging lighthouse visits as hikers are of bagging peaks. We are both "experience hoarders". And the experiences aren't all that different.

Farm Stands, Flowers, Food, gardening, ideas, Nature, photography, Seasons, Spring, Summer, Uncategorized

OVERGROWN – Chronicle of a Reluctant Gardener

"Many things grow in the garden that were never sown there." ~  Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732   “I don’t want a garden, that’s a deal breaker, too much work, too little time”.  He agreed.  We bought a townhouse, we got married.  My husband, envious of my sister’s wonderful tomatoes, faltered first.  We were allowed 3 feet… Continue reading OVERGROWN – Chronicle of a Reluctant Gardener

Apple picking, Corn, fall, Family, Farm Stands, Flowers, Food, gardening, Life Lessons, Nature, Seasons, Spring, Summer, Uncategorized

For the best corn EVER visit Barkers Farm No Andover This is a repost of a blog I wrote last August 2011

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“Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field.”     Dwight D. Eisenhower

Lend me your ear and I’ll tell you all I learned about corn from the people who grow the best butter and sugar corn in our region and beyond:  Barkers Farm and Farm Stand, North Andover, MA on Rt. 125.  The Barkers know what they’re talking about, now under the guidance of the 10th generation (that’s the real Gen X!), this land has been cultivated by the family since 1642.  As a comparison, the town wasn’t incorporated until 1646.  The Barkers maintain a true Yankee farm focusing on their produce without sliding into the “farm as theme park” modus operandi that others in the area have resorted to to pay the bills.  It’s not that I begrudge the other farms their livelihoods, I’m pleased that any land offers me the option…

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Arts, brain4rent, Flowers, gardening, Nature, photography, Photography contest, Seasons, Spring, Summer, Uncategorized

THE VOTES ARE IN- One Perfectly Pretty Flower-24Hour Photo Contest (c)

Ahh, what a garden of delight we have here with our entries!  Thank you everyone for your contribution to the bouquet of beauty. CONGRATULATION NISSI CAMPBELL (PHOTO #2) FOR WINNING THIS PHOTO CHALLENGE. And now the list of all our fabulous contributors... Flower #1 (Cacao Flower) by Lori Weeks Swift;  Flower #2 (Winner poppy) Nissi Campbell; Flower… Continue reading THE VOTES ARE IN- One Perfectly Pretty Flower-24Hour Photo Contest (c)

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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

haiku, Poetry, Spring, Uncategorized, Writing

HOW LONG WOULD IT TAKE YOU TO WRITE 17 SYLLABLES ABOUT SPRING?

SPRING HAIKU DEADLINE IS TONIGHT AT 11:59 PM – THE STREET LIGHTS SHOULD BE ON A BIT BEFORE THEN, GIVING YOU AMPLE TIME TO WRITE WITHOUT GIVING UP ANY TIME IN THE SUNSHINE

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“Grain by salty grain,

I bring the beach home with me,

smuggled between toes”

by Alison Colby-Campbell

The nearly fulfilled promise of Spring got you waxing poetic???

There is a time and place for that.

Now!

On my blog!

Surely you remember the Haiku form most likely taught in fifth grade – three lines:  First line is 5 syllables, Second line is 7 syllables, Third line is 5 syllables.

This is actually the American style of the Japanese form of poetry traditionally inspired by nature.

This is how the first ever –  One Perfect Ku (5/7/5) – 24-Hour* Spring Haiku Contest (c) will work…        *more or less

DEADLINE – By 11:59 pm EST on Monday, March 19, 2012.

RULES:  Craft your 3 best,  original, Spring-themed Haiku.  You are allowed up to 3 entries per person; all must be based on the Spring-theme. Submit your entries either together or under separate cover to:  alisonhere@msn.com.  Do not post…

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