Hemi-demi-semi Christmas Tree on Wordless Wednesday

  • Post published:12/13/2012
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We usually cut our Christmas tree from our own land. We are famous for having Charlie Brown trees. This tree strikes me as a hemi-demi-semi tree. The only tree we could find was this section of a tree that had been damaged by the ice storm several years ago. It only has branches on one side. I think this year, for the first time in over 30 years, we'll be shopping for our Christmas tree. For more (almost)…

I Made This Christmas Wreath

  • Post published:11/28/2012
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One of the pleasures of belonging to the Greenfield Garden Club is the November meeting at Chapley Gardens where we have help and materials to make our own wreath.  This year I did pretty well. At least better than I did before. Mother Nature decorates like this. For more Wordlessness this Wednesday click here.

Cookies for Moonlight Magic

  • Post published:11/21/2012
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  I'm still baking for the Family Feast tomorrow, but I just finished my cookies for Moonlight Magic in Shelburne Falls on Friday, November 23. Lots of  cookies for sale at the Visitors Center and lots of magic throughout the town. For more Wordlessness this Wednesday click here.  

Beavers are at work – on Wordless Wednesday

  • Post published:11/14/2012
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Beavers have been working this area out on Rte 8A and now the water has risen nearly to the road. The pond has become quite large and there is more. It's hard to see the steps of the dam below the beaver pond but the water is rushing here. And here is evidence that work continues. For more (almost) Wordlessness this Wednesday click here.  

We’re Not Giving Up the Fight Yet

  • Post published:10/09/2012
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We haven't given up the fight yet. We still have blooms.  Achillea 'Paprika' is actually a little more orange/red that the photo would have you believe. Either poorly named, or mislabeled. These stand in for all the pots still blooming, Million Bells, hydrangea, fuschia. Even if the skies are often grey, the morning glories never fail to remind us that there is glory every day. No. Cold weather hasn't got us yet! For more Wordlessness this Wednesday click…

Three Woodpiles, Three Styles

  • Post published:10/02/2012
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Three woodpiles, two which have been of very different styles are among the most popular of my posts. We seem to be thinking about winter and warm nights in front of a crackling fire or humming woodstove even in August. The first was an artistic woodpile I passed one fall day in Hawley, a town near us. The second woodpile in Ashfield was a traditional pile designed to help air move through the pile to dry wood. Artistic and scientific.…

Datura – all stages in September

  • Post published:09/26/2012
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Even after yesterday's frost my potted datura is still blooming You can see that this plant has buds, blossoms, green seed pod, and ripe seed pod bursting. A better view of the seed pods, one still green, one already burst. For more Wordlessness this Wednesday click here.

Does This Look Like Bird Poop to You?

  • Post published:09/19/2012
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  Some creatures will do anything to keep from  getting eaten by a bird! Great camouflage Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes). For more  Wordlessness on Wednesday click here.

More Wonders at Mass MoCA on Wordless Wednesday

  • Post published:08/22/2012
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I did not notice these wonders at Mass MoCA until about the fourth time through All Utopia's Fell by Michael Oatman. This exhibit is an Airstream trailer rigged up like a space capsule that has crashlanded and is hung up in the air on an old factory building, crammed with all the equipment for necessary for spacemen to live and work. Finally I noticed that  this craft has God's eyes everywhere. Was Michael Oatman suggesting that God's eyes…