Thursday, August 29, 2013
Two weekends ago, my husband decided that we should go on a hike. His thought was that we could get exercise without incurring any costs. On a hot and muggy Sunday, we ventured up Mt. Sunapee in search of Lake Solitude. We learned an important lesson, follow directions! Instead of finding the hiking trail, we ended up walking straight up the mountain on ski trails. It was brutally hot, and I took many, many rest breaks. I was determined to reach the top and once there, we found the hiking trail to Lake Solitude over the ridge and it was worth it. The trail down was long and I realized that my running sneakers as comfortable as they are for walking, do not cut it for hikes. After that six mile hike, I put in another 10 miles of walking for the week.
What have I done this week? Besides cleaning, not much. No walks, just two days spent browsing in Portsmouth and stupid games on the ipad, curses CandyCrush!! Next week I will get more active as we will have my oldest son visiting from California with his girlfriend.
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Sunday, August 04, 2013
Shaker Village in Canterbury, it was very interesting. I would like to get back and go inside all the buildings next time since this past visit we all brought our cameras and could only take pictures outdoors. Unfortunately for the Shakers, they are celibate which didn't help to increase their size. The location for this village is beautiful set among the hills of Canterbury. At least the remaining few of the community had the foresight to preserve some of the buildings in this village to create a museum. Well worth a visit while in New Hampshire.
The Shakers were industrious and as far as I can tell, were the first inventors of the Lean Process used in business today. The business industry can try to claim that the Japanese invented Lean, but after taking the tour of the Shaker laundry where every item had a code for building, room, and location within the room where the item belonged, it's obvious that the Shaker's had the work process figured out. If you are going to dig ponds, as they did for their village, don't you think you would do it the fastest, easiest way that you could?
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
One of the benefits to not working is that I know have the time to shop for sales and to cook good, healthy meals. Now this chicken was delicious, looked and smelled great. The blueberry tarts that I cooked after dinner were tasty, but looked awful. As a friend said, rustic. I used boxed pastry sheets and they were sticky, so I just rolled them out to crooked squares that ended up being crooked turnovers. I have never had the patience to work with pastry dough. There are 24 cups of freshly, picked blueberries to practice with in the freezer and I have time.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
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Wednesday, July 24, 2013
And for the suspense loving, there are now 3 squash plants blooming which I have no idea of what they can be, either cucumber, squash, zucchini, cantaloupe or even pumpkin! One came along with the compost for the butterfly bush, one is already transplanted to basil bucket and another is seen in the picture above coming out of the compost. Not sure if we we will get to see a fruit/vegetable from either of the mystery plants as they may not be mature enough for the growing season.
Coreopsis above has become over 20 plants from just one and all of the petunias below are growth from last year's seeds. I have already given away two plants and I will need to dig up more for my next trip to Maine for my aunt's garden.
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Today we headed over to Ogunquit Maine to walk along the Marginal Way. I love this shot of my friend Terri, it catches the essence of who she is and what she loves best. Nice day spent with Terri and her lovely daughter.
What doesn't Terri love? When her ice cream falls off her cone, epic fail.
Tuesday, July 09, 2013
When I spent an hour out in the garden today to catch the hummingbird with my camera, it was relaxing. The Cardinal was a plus, although they are more photogenic with snow as a back drop. There are two humming birds and they fight each other off if they get to the flowers at the same time. After getting their fill of the flowers, they rest in the bush by the house.
Tomorrow, I have 27 holes to golf, but today was all about the back yard garden, weeding and photography. It was great day to enjoy what we have. I love when the Bee Balm is in bloom and next week the purple bee balm should be in the picture.
A field of red.