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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.

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What a Wonderful Night for a Moon Dance – Full Moon Inspired Haiku & Photographs Aug 2

Left Wal-Mart tonight in a hurry to get home, but found myself mesmerized by my old friend, Moon. A moon so exceptional it needed to be shared with my friends. In the minute it took to untangle my ever-present camera from the bottom-of-the-purse detritus, a few fabulous clouds had escaped my lens. Others moved in and in what seemed like seconds, the shutter clicked off a few dozen individually… Continue reading What a Wonderful Night for a Moon Dance – Full Moon Inspired Haiku & Photographs Aug 2

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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

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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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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

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A Geezer’s Guide to Riding the Rides at Six Flags New England

Roller coasters aren't the same anymore and neither am I - you're so confined and locked into your seat that the sense of danger isn't there....and so they twirl you around and flip you over a million times to substitute nausea for fear, or rather fear of nausea for fear of coaster.

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Lend Me Your Ear (Where to Find the Best Corn)

The exact varieties of corn the Barker’s plant are a secret. But on April 15 every year they start to plant four or so different versions of butter and sugar corn (yellow and white kernels on the same ear). The different types allow for earlier and later harvests to span a long season.

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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.

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A Photographic Ode to Summer’s Gift of Flowers

“In summer, the song sings itself.” ~William Carlos Williams