Category Archives: Nature

The Old One Two Punch

Written November 7th, 2012 The weather over the last ten days has been like the Northeast of my youth, bringing hardships that have historically chiseled our yankee ancestors into cantankerous, yet necessarily capable people. Hurricane Sandy swept through last week, … Continue reading

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Vermont in the Rain

Every fall, Jim and I are drawn to Vermont. We have a favorite place to stay which is tranquil and invites quietness and peace. We start a fire and stare out over the mountains that change color by the hour. … Continue reading

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Songbirds

The seeds on the flowers have ripened to perfection. This morning, four finches were sharing the same plant. I wish I could learn to have my camera ready. By the time I was prepped, the dogs had scattered the birds. … Continue reading

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A Lek of Monarchs

Once again this summer, Monarchs were nowhere to be seen in spite of the nectar rich smorgasbord of lantana, phlox, verbena, and what else, but the aptly named butterfly bush, filling our beds to overflowing. We attract their brethren, but … Continue reading

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The Fruit of the Rose

This year, for the first time in my life, I made homemade jam. Now, wherever I go, I’ve become keenly aware of homemade concoctions of jams, preserves and every variety of canned fruits and vegetables. I have discovered a whole … Continue reading

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Flotsam and Jetsam

At the bottom of a hill near our home, on a very sharp corner, all of the detritus of the neighborhood washes up. It’s a corner I navigate when walking the dogs that always has me on edge, because most … Continue reading

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The Beasts of Connecticut

I walk every day with our pups, Poppy and Lily. (This is Poppy awaiting her morning walk, always with paws crossed, right over left.) They adore their morning romp and could not abide giving me a day off. Most days … Continue reading

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Storm

The sky is ominous. A plane shrouded in clouds, hurtles toward home. The trees are restless, still, then build into confused agitation. Rumbles of thunder mumble in the distance. The birds are combing the air scooping up bugs until giant … Continue reading

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Tree Tulips

Sometimes the most beautiful things in our gardens are things we didn’t plant, and almost don’t notice… Most gardeners include places to sit in their gardens. I guess we like to imagine ourselves having a siesta, soaking up all the … Continue reading

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The Hummingbirds are Back!

The hummers are back! They flew into town on Sunday greeting us with squeaks, chittering and what sounds like laughter in bird song. We have been anticipating their arrival, prepared with multiple feeders of sugar water and colorful, nectar rich … Continue reading

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