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.

Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Look at These Faces in the Garden


One thing that surprised me about gardening here in NH, was how long pansies live.  In MD, pansies don't survive the summers.  Here in NH I can move pansies to the garden and they live all summer and come back each spring.  I think some of them are hybridizing if that's possible, because there are some mixtures that weren't there last year.

They are a delight!

Monday, May 29, 2023

Memorial Day 2023

 Though today is the federally celebrated Memorial Day now, our town won't be celebrating until the 30th. Sunday the 28th we had a chance to attend a celebration in Norwich, VT because Dan now plays tuba in a community band that was booked to serenade from the Norwich Green gazebo.

The parade from the cemetery was late starting.

They gathered then at the Town Hall memorials.

Taps was played and a 21 gun salute.

Then the band played.

Free hot dogs, chips and drinks were served by the Boy Scouts.

A nice dignified celebration.

Friday, May 26, 2023

Halifax Immigration Museum Highlights

 Located at Pier 21, the building that once served as the point of entry to Canada for immigrants is now telling the story of immigration.

A mock up of the Pier buildings.

Times have changed for immigration to Canada as evidenced by the movie shown there where immigrants of many nationalities and backgrounds shared their experiences.

One eye opener for us was our taxi driver, Sam who arrived as a child from Occupied Palestine by way of Saudi Arabia . He told us the family first visited New York then came to Canada.  He asked his dad why he selected Canada and his dad said "Two reasons. No guns and universal health care."