Sunday, March 29, 2009

The National Seashore

This photo is from a trip to the National Seashore in 1990. The quote is from the National
Parks web site. The windswept grass and the dunes are what you find on the north shore. To the left is the restored life saving station that I posted about last year. The park is a very popular tourist destination. A great place for families with kids. School tours come here in early September. Golden agers come on bus tours. Guess you could say there's something for everyone. I first visited in the 60s, before the park was established. We came in late September when the breeze was cool and the sun warm. Shops in town were closing and you could find sales on just about everything. Restaurants were not crowded and were glad to have your business. A few places that the locals frequented stayed open all year. The Portugese bakery made the best sweetbread ever. We walked and biked and generally enjoyed the best part of the year. I don't go up there anymore. Too much has changed, including me.
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Saturday, March 28, 2009


I had great plans to print out old negatives when I got the new printer. It seems that a lot of them have faded to the point that they are unusable. I did this one of an old dory on exhibit at the National Seashore . I was going to delete it, but got fascinated by its' strangeness. My original thought for this blog has been regular postings, but I have lost enthusiasm and energy, or,rather, that energy has been taken by medical problems that I hope to get under control soon.

The National Seashore is a favorite place of mine. It was the first landing of the Pilgrims before they moved on to Plymouth. I have walked all the trails many times and bicycled them, too. I believe President Kennedy gets credit for establishing it. He saved it from commercial development, if I have my facts right. Best time for visiting is when kids are back in school (unless, of course, you have kids in which case it's a wonderful trip for them). There is a roped trail for the blind with braille signs and
plants to identify by smell and texture. There are historical places such as the site of the
spring where the Pilgrims got fresh water. If you are lucky, you can see whales off
the ocean side, but you might need binoculars. Visit, if you can.
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Saturday, March 14, 2009

A Whole Different World

"Under The Welkin" is one of my favorite blogs. I look in every once in a while. The location is a farm in Australia. They have just come through a very dry summer and headed into Fall. Lots of interesting pictures and observations on the farm life there. This is photo from this blog. Apparently this farm is in an isolated area. This shot is an Emu at the watering trough for their cattle.
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Wednesday, March 11, 2009


This a photo from 1931 of my sister and myself, taken by our mother with her Brownie box camera. I have no actual memory of this day. Hat, scarves and mittens were all handmade, I'm sure. I think this was when we lived in Hamden, Massachusetts. I am including this as a farewell to winter. We had one last(?) snowfall last week which was actually quite deep. I call it a 60 dollar storm since that is what our snowplow man charged to clear the driveway. At any rate within 48 hours, it had all melted. Everyone is weary of the cold and, I'm sure, willing to forgo any more snow til next winter. As for me, I'm going to see if I can see any crocus poking through.
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