New England

GENTLE WINTER WITH HOLIDAY SONGS

It wasn’t a heavy snow. A dusting, really. Fat flakes drifted past the windows through the naked trees, but left nothing more than a frosting. And it was wet snow that quickly melted when the sun hit it. The ground was too warm. Winter has been gentle this year.

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During the night, the cold is supposed to move in.Our nights have been cold, but the days have been unusually warm for this time of year.

Winter is usually about how many layers you need to wear. Which boots will keep your feet from freezing. Scarves and hats keep the frostbite at bay. How long it takes the car to warm before you can get heat. Remembering to not leave stuff in the car that might freeze.

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So far, though, except for a wintry blast on Thanksgiving, it has been mild. Mostly in the high 30s and low 40s in the daytime, in the 20s at night. For you west coasters, this really is mild for New England in December.

The wood steps to the deck are usually too treacherous to use throughout the winter, but so far, so good.

Garry takes weather personally. Cold makes him suffer. He’s a sunshine kind of guy. Both of us were raised in New York and landed here. In Massachusetts. It’s a love-hate thing. Love New England, wish the weather weren’t so harsh.

light snow falling picture windowWe feel weather in our bones these days. Human barometers. We are more accurate than the maps on the weather channel.

This warm spell is a treat, a special gift for our holiday season.

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So … no snow right now, but I assume it will come. Or maybe we will have one of those precious snow-free winters. I’m dreaming of a not-so-white Christmas!

4 SEASONS – CEE’S FUN FOTO CHALLENGE: LANDSCAPES OR SEASCAPES

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Landscapes or Seascapes

Most of the pictures I take are landscapes. Whether it’s of water or land, there are so many it’s hard to pick a few favorites. So, I decided to take a couple from each season. This satisfies my sense of balance and makes it easier for me to make a choice. Hope you like them.

SPRINGTIME IN THE VALLEY

April at Manchaug falls

The Blackstone Canal in May

The Blackstone Canal in May

SUMMERTIME

Sunrise - July in Rockport

Sunrise – July in Rockport

Mid-August - Cows at home

Mid-August – Cows at home

GOLDEN AUTUMN

Bright color in woods bathed in twilight

Bright color in woods bathed in twilight

Morning in Vermont, October 2014

Morning in Vermont, October 2014

SNOWY WINTER

Red farmhouse in Snow

Red barn in Snow

snowy field in Hadley

LAST WINTER

Winter is on its way. We’ve been warned. A couple of little snows. Just a few inches and now it has melted, so we are back to mud. But that’s because it warmed up and rained last night.

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In a few weeks, it will stop warming up. All precipitation will be snow or sleet (I hate sleet).

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Last winter was horrendous. It was bitterly cold and never warmed up enough to melt off. It would melt a little bit, then immediately freeze again until our driveway was a glacier from which we could not escape.

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Yet. It was beautiful. Snow is beautiful. Living in this valley, when the snow cover turns the world shiny and white looks like a painting, a Currier and Ives illustration. Even the most hardened winter hater can’t help but be awestruck.

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A few pictures from last winter … antique-style to add just a hint of unreality. I’m down with winter’s unreality, by the way. If only I could stay unreal until spring …

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Kaity and I went shooting today. We haven’t done that in a long time and it was a pleasure spending time with this young woman who is my granddaughter. It was not quite as bright and beautiful as it had been earlier in the week … but it was neither raining nor snowing. At this point […]

WHICH WAY? I DON’T KNOW … I’M SO CONFUSED!

Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge: 2014 #17 Since the beginning of October, we’ve been on the road. From Uxbridge to Jackman, Maine. Jackman to Skowhegan and back again. Jackman to Peacham, Vermont. Peacham back to Uxbridge. A short pause. Take a breath. Uxbridge to Hadley. Back to Uxbridge. Two nights ago, in my best friends’ guest […]

AUTUMN IN THE MOUNTAINS OF MAINE – GARRY ARMSTRONG

We both took a few pictures. I didn’t take as many as Marilyn, but as it happens, a few of mine came out pretty well … so let’s all enjoy autumn a little longer. The first three are of Attean Pond, taken from the scenic view on Route 201. The photograph below was taken from the Margaret Chase Smith […]

DREAMY MISTY MOUNTAINS

Dreamy

A misty morning, your handsome spouse, your grandmother’s house that’s also your elementary school and the Eiffel Tower — this week, show us something dreamy.


 

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