Readers, Welcome to my blog (formerly Birds, Blooms, Books, etc). I'm entering a new decade taking on the challenge of moving from Maryland after living there 46 years and learning about my new home here in New England in the Live Free or Die state - New Hampshire. Join me as a write this new chapter of my life.

Monday, October 31, 2022


Carved pumpkins different this year.  I cut off the bottoms.


Ready for trick or treaters.  I had over 150 last year so expect that amount or more.

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Friday, October 21, 2022


 Autumn usually referred to as Fall sure lives up to its nickname.

Here are some before and after photos.

From my desk window October 8th

October 20th

By the side of the house October 11th

October 20th

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Wednesday Walking Group

 Wednesday the 12th I selected the spot we walked.  It was a gorgeous day and one of the last ones with leaves in full glory.

This is Paradise Park in Windsor, VT. Mt. Ascutney is to the west over the pond.

A heron and cormorant deigned to show themselves to us as we started out.  Later a bald eagle flew over us and the walkers remarked about how close we were to it. Alas no photo capture.

We walked over three miles roundtrip and climbed the equivalent of 20 stories according to the health app on my phone. 

From here we drove into Windsor to a coffee shop where we sat outside and enjoyed the sun. Next week's walk I hear will be on flat terrain along Mascoma Lake.

Monday, October 17, 2022

Hope Cemetery

 Barre, Vermont is known for its granite quarries and the sculptors from all over the world that have made the town home.

The local cemetery is a testament to their skill. We spent quite a few minutes walking around admiring the headstones which are unlike anything we have seen before in cemeteries.

By the way Barre is pronounced barry not bar as I thought.

Someday we will return and make a visit to the granite quarry museum there.

Sunday, October 16, 2022

Fall Colors

 Dan and I took this walk on Tuesday the 11th.  The leaves were in their glory.  Dan calls it "eye candy" to see the reds and yellows so vibrant. As I write this on Friday we have had 3 inches of rain overnight and the leaves are coming down fast. The peak color is over.

But enjoy this walk, we did. It was on Skyline Drive. Not the Skyline Drive in Virginia in the Shenandoah National Park.

See the stone wall?  It's a cellar hole.  There were several of them together either from a house or barn that once stood here.

This granite post was taller than me.  I was tempted to take the ring for garden art but didn't.

We walked over 2 miles in and out. It's a road on the map but one that's closed during mud season and definitely only traveled on by 4 wheel drive.  There were signs for and against ATV travel. It must be a popular snowmobile path too.