Thursday, May 31, 2012


Don't the wings look like stained glass?  Spotted this dragonfly out in my yard today!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012


Over the weekend I went to the warehouse sale at Mayan Dreams here in CT.  They import Talavera & other Mexican pottery, glassware & tin items.  The merchandise is sold  through garden centers and catalogs like the National Geographic.  A few times a year the owner , Gregg has a warehouse sale!
( now we won't have to pay the admission fee to the CT Flower show to get more!)

I have been bringing home a few pieces from every trip to Mexico for awhile, but this way I can get some bigger pieces that wouldn't fit in my suitcase!
before I went I asked Alan how it would be if I brought home a Talavera sink--he nixed that idea & I didn't think there would be any anyway.  Lo & behold almost the 1st thing I saw was a sink!
This is a photo of some of what I got--I bought the tin ornament of the luchador for Alan!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Happy Memorial Day!

Missed the parade again  this year..I was doing yard work & it slipped my mind!  Then we went up to the neighbors to a party......  For inquiring minds--WAMOGO is the name of our regional high school--3 towns--Warren, Morris & Goshen

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Saturday Single

                                                    1st Iris blooming this year!

Friday, May 25, 2012

An Afternoon at the Pond

On Sunday we joined a few friends to have a picnic & visit at the Coon Club. 
Fish were stocked so folks  could go fishing!

I'd never seen irises growing in the water--they were all around the edge of the pond!
Getting ready for lunch!

After lunch, my friend Paula & I went walking around & spotted these pink lady slippers--quite a few of them in one area.  Then we got out the bow & arrows & shot a few rounds!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Nothing much happening so I looked back to last summer for a photo I hadn't posted.  Think this is one!
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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A little cloudy today...I was driving by Kelley's pond & noticed the reflection of the trees in the water, so I stopped & snapped a few photos!  Hope you're all having a wonderful day!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Stocking Fish

;Over the weekend we went to a hunting & fishing club that Alan belongs to & spent the afternoon with friends. When we 1st got there they were stocking fish--I don't think I've ever seen this before--thought I'd share!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Macro Monday

Bug on a rose ( as if you couldn't tell!)  Taken at Elizabeth Park, Hartford, CT
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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Sunday Still

Aquilegia--1st one to bloom here this year & another survivor of the fallen tree ( not too many more of those)
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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Saturday Single

Geraniums in the greenhouse at White Flower Farm--I bought some of the hot pink ones for some wall containers I have!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Tomatomania 2012

 Today was the 1st day of Tomatomania  at White Flower Farm & I arrived, list in hand, about 10 minutes before they let people in to shop.  I learned  to go on their website beforehand & narrow down my choices!
 They have these great wagons for you to put you purchases on & the plastic containers to hold the plants ( that way you buy more).  They have over 100 varieties of tomatoes & also squash, cukes, eggplant & herbs.
 There was quite a rush right at the beginning & lots of people wandering up & down the rows trying to decide what to get!  There were lots of WFF employees scattered around to answer questions.
 Every plant had these great signs that described  the plant--how large it gets , how long it takes to grow, etc. I stayed for one of the lectures about growing tomatoes & other veggies-it was very informative!   Barb Pierson ( the nursery manager at WFF) gave the talk --- she's a friend of mine  & a fellow Islaholic!
Now to plant all I bought!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


The rain is supposed to be stopping; hope I'll be able to get out and do some yard work & take some photos!  Enjoy your day!
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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Travel Tuesday

Entrance to Chinatown, San Francisco, CA.  My favorite city on the west coast.  Taken in 1972
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Monday, May 14, 2012

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Saturday Single

Spotted in the yard a few days ago--I'm up at my brother's for the weekend, taking care of more things dealing with my Aunt's estate--Alan is home with the pets!    have a great day!
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Friday, May 11, 2012


I planted Allium for the 1st time last fall & they have started to bloom

I like the contrast of the purple color with all the green in the yard.

If you look at them real close you can see there's lots of tiny flowers!

And the best thing--they survived the trees falling all around them!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Fallen Tree

At 7 am this morning this old maple decided to fall.  We were very lucky that some of the branches only brushed the house--I saw them going by the 2nd floor windows!

I asked Alan & he said the tree was about 100 feet tall!  Here's what's left of the base!

another view

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Travel Tuesday

Back in 1972, after a year of teaching High School Home Ec, I decided teaching wasn't for me & thought I would do a little traveling with one of my friends for a few months.  The above photo was taken at one of our first campsites--all the comforts of home, right?  A 2 man pup tent & enough room in the car to sleep if it rained!
Another campsite along the way--probably a month or so into the trip!  Despite the trials & tribulations on the trip-(-I never spoke to my friend again after we got home) I think this is when the travel bug bit me!
me in front of a giant redwood!
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Monday, May 7, 2012

Apple Blossoms

We have quite a few ( maybe 10+) apple trees on our property--all out in the front pasture.  Many are in bloom now; hope we get some apples out of them this year!
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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Long Lasting

The last of the daffodils--this grouping has been blooming for about 2 weeks!

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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Saturday Single

Taken at the Stormville Flea market last weekend--wish the sun would come out so I could put on some sunglasses!
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