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Apple Picking Etiquette

Eating the apple in Eden isn’t the only apple-based crime. After a recent trip to three orchards, I witnessed a dire need for a course on Apple Picking Etiquette. And so I present my list of the Top 10 "Don'ts" About Apple Picking.

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ONE (OR MORE) PERFECT FUNGI/MUSHROOM – 24 HOUR PHOTO CONTEST

DEADLINE POSTPONED TIL THE END OF SANDY (AKA FRANKENCANE OR FRANKENSTORM)....NEW DEADLINE WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON....BE SAFE EVERYBODY! The summer drought here in New England left little hope of producing the bouquet of wild mushrooms that typically add interest to the forest floor once the leaves take to releasing their grip on deciduous branches. And… Continue reading ONE (OR MORE) PERFECT FUNGI/MUSHROOM – 24 HOUR PHOTO CONTEST

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It Really is The Great Pumpkin – Competing for the Biggest Pumpkin EVER

At the 2012 Topsfield Fair, a world record smashing giant pumpkin, the first to exceed one ton (2,009 lbs) is encased in a glass mausoleum as the receiving line wraps around the building - who are the people who grow these things?

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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 http://www.thetrustees.org/.

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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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Mums, the word revisited

>Congratulations to the “Coalition to Promote the Mum as the Only Fall Flower” that I believe must exist, based on the obvious monopoly it holds each fall on the front steps of every single house in New England.