Thursday, March 25, 2010

Field Trip
Journeyman Press
Newburyport, MA

I was able to see a book being printed today, which was exciting for me because it's a book I helped edit!

If you want to read more about it, here's ANOTHER website for you.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Sailing- kinda

I saw this family playing with their little remote control sailboats, so I stopped for awhile to watch. They even let me try my hand at it.

The dad told me that he and his wife and 7-year-old daughter built the boats at the Wooden Boat workshop at Eggemogin Reach- way up the Maine coast.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

My Old Bicycle

This Motobecane has been my companion for 35 years. I wish I had put an odometer on it when I first got it. What wonderful places this bike has taken me! Today was another good day for cycling.....and it happened to be the first day of Spring!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Beach Day!

First nice day after about two weeks of rain and wind. The ocean is still a little restless.

Isn't this just the sweetest little lighthouse? It's been there, overlooking the mouth of the Merrimack River as it flows into the Atlantic at the northern tip of Plum Island, since 1898.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Boston Field Trip

It was about the crummiest day for a train ride into Boston, but it was well worth it because I got to enjoy many of my favorite parts the Museum of Fine Arts and the good company of Nora and Roger (who are so famous they requested no photos...)

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Newburyport, MA

I stumbled upon a labyrinth today- just a few blocks from my house, behind a church. I enjoyed looking at the nice shapes, and I appreciated the details in some of the stones along the paths. But, since I seem to be pretty good at walking around in circles all by myself, I don't think I'll be visiting this lovely labyrinth to walk in circles on purpose anytime soon.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Newburyport, MA

I've had this pet peeve for a long time; it's about clocks in public places that show the wrong time. So I set out walking around my neighborhood to document all the offenders I could find. Well, after doing my very unscientific study, I am here to tell you that it's time for me to cross this pet peeve off my list. Eight out of the ten clocks I saw were showing the correct time!
(Of course, they show different times in the photos, because I was walking.)

This steeple had two clock faces- showing two different times, both wrong- but it was the only example I saw today of a clock in a public place showing the wrong time.

The rest were all correct (at the time I walked by.)

Friday, March 5, 2010

Damaged trees after the storm
Maudslay State Park
Newburyport, MA

Today I hiked around in Maudslay, the 500-acre estate along the Merrimack River I own (along with all the other taxpayers of Massachusetts) to see what last week's wind storm did to the trees there. Workers have been in there with chainsaws clearing trails, but many trees are still as they fell, and I enjoyed seeing how the wind messed with them. Have you ever wanted to pull a huge tree out of the ground to see what its roots look like? The wind can do that!

A real SAPPY photo.......

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Newburyport Public Library
Archival Center
These folks keep me company when I volunteer at the library, and today I learned a little bit about their stories:
The gentleman was moved to the Archival Center, in the basement, a few years ago, after some frisky teens tossed him out of the second-floor window one spring day.
The young woman has never been upstairs because the library trustees believe her unclothed bosom would scandalize most patrons!