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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.

Barkers Farm No Andover MA

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

Lend Me Your Ear (Where to Find the Best Corn). I've been enjoying corn on the cob since July 21 and been remiss in not reposting my blog post about where to find the best corn in the universe!.....So if you want the best read on....

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Blooming New England – Spring Flowers 2013

April offers us poetry month and the first flower flash mob

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Give Me the Bird – Birding & Bird Calls in New England

“Obviously a birder?” No I’m not. I just notice stuff flying around me and I use a telephoto lens to compare native birds to the illustrations in my Golden Books Birds of North America guide and to figure out who’s singing what.

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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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AND THE WINNER IS – One Perfect Bugs Me Bug 24 Hour Photo Contest (c)

Thank you photographers and voters for sharing your passion and your talent.  And the BUG  WINNER  is NISSI CAMPBELL - Bad 4, green bug and eggs found on a corn leaf in Boxford MA. Nissi is a very talented amateur photographer and recent HS graduate from Mississippi.  She had two photos in the semi finals: Bad… Continue reading AND THE WINNER IS – One Perfect Bugs Me Bug 24 Hour Photo Contest (c)

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SEMI FINAL VOTING ENDS TODAY- One Perfect Bugs Me Bug 24-Hour Photo Contest (c)

Has unearthing all these bugs started to make you itchy? Did you find them in the most unlikely places (i.e.:  a supposedly clean bedroom YIKES!)? It’s time to control the swarm. CATEGORY VOTING BUG CATEGORY SEMI FINAL VOTING July 13-16. There are four bug categories:  BAD (8 entries), GOOD (7 entries), PRETTY (10 entries), and… Continue reading SEMI FINAL VOTING ENDS TODAY- One Perfect Bugs Me Bug 24-Hour Photo Contest (c)

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WHAT BUGS YOU – One Perfect Bug – JULY 9 DEADLINE 24-Hour Photo Contest (c) Holiday Edition

"We hope that, when the insects take over the world, they will remember with gratitude how we took them along on all our picnics.”  Bill Vaughn I want to be nice to all living creatures and see in each the miracle of nature, but some seem so much less worthy than others. And that bugs… Continue reading WHAT BUGS YOU – One Perfect Bug – JULY 9 DEADLINE 24-Hour Photo Contest (c) Holiday Edition

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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)