The other day, I was looking at the sales on one of my favorite clothing sites and realized that they now sell masks to go with every outfit you own. At least a dozen colors plus lots of patterns. This COVID experience has been interesting in a lot of ways, but for some reason, I didn’t expect fashion changes. I don’t know why. I suppose, like most people, I thought this would come and go in a couple of weeks or maximum months. Who knew it would become part of our lives for so long? This change in what is a pretty conservative clothing collection seemed so odd to me. It also means that they — clothing manufacturers — think we are going to be wearing masks for a long time to come.
In summertime, when all the leaves and trees are green. Remember when summer was fun? And it was okay to just hang with friends and enjoy the pool? When will it happen again?
The man who wrote this song was a play announcer at Fenway Park. It was the only song he ever wrote and he was very proud of it.
In memory of a summer so recently vanished.
Nothing could have startled me more than realizing there was another orange Cardinal! I got more pictures, but I my camera was set wrong and the others didn’t come out, but at least I got one. You’ll have to trust me that she is most assuredly a lovely orange lady cardinal. I am going under the assumption that both of my orange cardinals came from a single nest. Either that, or we have a new breed of Cardinals growing up in our woods which would be fascinating and exciting, but I’ll go with the simpler explanation that both birds came from a single nest.
So here they are:
When I first saw Miss Lady Cardinal, I thought I was looking at a parrot. Such a big beak! And such a big bird! So what do you think? Are we breeding a new kind of Cardinal here in the woods of Uxbridge? Or are these from the same nest and whatever made the boy orange also made the girl orange? All birders, please throw in your vote! I would love to discover we’re breeding a whole new species of bird. That would be too cool.
Our honeymoon was in Ireland and that was definitely our most memorable vacation. But I don’t have much in the way of pictures from those weeks on the Emerald Isle … and it really is emerald. It was the greenest place I’ve ever been. Everything was green. The grass seemed greener. The fields were brilliant and we saw a rainbow every morning.
A major shortage of towers has thwarted the return of Rapunzel. Maybe in Boston, though horses have a hard time on the packed street. Out here, where horses live, there just aren’t many towers. Not even that many in Boston, with a few notable exceptions. Around here, a “tower” rarely exceeds four stories. Some Victorian houses are taller than that.
Three is a good number. It’s considered one of the lucky numbers (the other is 7) and somehow, things look very good in sets of three.
“Anything” is a very difficult category. I had absolutely no idea what to do with “anything,” so I picked up my camera and took pictures. I got an incredible 30mm Sigma lens. It’s an f1.4 and extremely sharp. It’s the first Sigma lens I’ve bought. It had great reviews and in 4/3, it give me a 60mm view which is one of my favorites. Just a bit longer than my 25mm (50mm), but it does great closeups, and it shoots in very low light.
So, here’s “anything”:
And this is as anything as anything gets!
The Blackstone is 47 miles long and drops sharply throughout it’s descent from the hill in Worcester to Nantucket Bay. It twists and turns so that if you live in the Valley, you are never more than a quarter of a mile from the Blackstone or one of its tributaries.
There are about 47 dams and waterfalls that were used to power mills and factories. A few have been removed, but most are still standing.
Garry brought me flowers.
It has been a long time since he has been out long enough to buy anything. The roses smell like heaven in a vase. Such are my flowers for today.
I looked at my (new) iPhone the other day and it said I’ve taken exactly 186 steps. I realize that means 186 steps with my iPhone. So if you don’t carry your iPhone everywhere you go, are you failing to do your basic footfall number?
I’ll get back to you on that one!