Forcing Forysythia

  • Post published:03/03/2012
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Snow and ice are slowly melting on our Heath hill, but we are intermittently being teased by 50 degree temperatures. Will we really have an early spring this year? Will the ancient forsythia bushes at the edge of my lawn really bloom properly this year? The forsythia bushes were here when we moved at the beginning of the bitter winter of 1979. Spring did not arrive promptly and we watched the forsythia put on a half hearted show…

Ice and Snow and Fog – January

  • Post published:01/29/2012
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The view from my bedroom window on January 27, 2012. Ice is heavy. And to think I was planning to collect forsythia branches to force today. View from the Welcoming Platform. I have photographed this tree in every season and every weather. It is always beautiful. Temperatures hover at 32 degrees and the stream keeps flowing.

Setting Wolf Moon

  • Post published:01/11/2012
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Do you have half your firewood supply left?  For more Wordlessness on Wednnesday click here.

Trick! No Treat!

  • Post published:10/29/2011
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We had about four inches of snow yesterday and while no one was happy we all thought it would disappear pretty quick.  It did melt away in the lower elevations, but not here on our hill.  Then this afternoon it began to snow again -  thick and fast. By 4 in the afternoon we had about 6 new inches of snow, and I went out to check the application of "poor man's fertilizer."' Then after supper we sat…

Autumnal Surprise!

  • Post published:10/27/2011
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This fall we have truly been having a 'golden season.' The weather has been relatively mild, if rainy, and the usual flame of the maples was muted. But a golden glow shone on every sunny day. But today we got rain - and a surprise.   This photo was taken around 4 p.m on Thursday.  

A Heathan Muse

  • Post published:10/02/2011
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On a Tree Fallen Across the Road by Robert Frost (To hear us talk)  The tree the tempest with a crash of wood Throws down in front of us is not bar Our passage to our journey's end for good, But just to ask us who we think we are Insisting always on our own way so. She likes to halt us in our runner tracks, And make us get down in a foot of snow Debating what…

Fall Chores Begin

  • Post published:09/22/2011
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While in town yesterday I met a friend who said he was busy cutting back the peonies and generally trying to close up the garden because he is leaving for Paris in a week or so. Until the end of October. Poor baby. So I came home and looked at my peonies, which will need a lot of weeding as well as cutting back. Of course, the tree peonies which produce large blossoms like Guan Yin Mian on…

A Heath Story

  • Post published:09/19/2011
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I can't drink alcohol so I can't blame too much wine for the lack of focus, but I wanted to suggest the festive air in the Party Barn where the Heath Gourmet Club celebrated 30 Years of Serving Ourselves! Thirty July Fourths ago, Sheila, Catherine and I stood in front of a spinning wheel at the Heath Museum and bemoaned the lack of good restaurants anywhere closer than 30 miles, and our lack of money to afford a…