Well we took Mom for a ride and lunch to celebrate her upcoming 78th birthday which she will not be home for so we grabbed her while we could and went on in search for some pretty color far away.
We saw a farm with a pretty Maple Tree not quite at full color
As you can see a lot of green some orange and very little Red yet. Who knew this would be our fate today.
Just a little along a lake we found in western Massachusetts.
OMG I found RED, lol
A spot for us to reflect upon life and birthdays and the desire for peace for ALL
No this is not upside down just the reflections of the pretty trees that lined the lake shore.
We had company too not sure you can pick him out as he hunted the edges and trying to get away from me.
So in the end we had a nice lunch at a very old diner in Gardner and saw a few pretty leaves and a Great Blue Heron as we wished her a very Happy Birthday!
Hope you have a wonderful long weekend to all of the followers here in the states at we celebrate Columbus Day. It is our biggest influx of tourist’s in search of color I just hope they will not be disappointed in what we have to offer for it is all about getting out and appreciating Columbus and the trip he took to this new land.
It was early Friday and we thought for sure there would be no rain if we went far enough north. We packed the dogs water and food for her and some fruit and sandwich fixings in case we got hungry as well. We have not seen rain for two weeks and are due to have some and yesterday a few light showers passed through the White Mountains of New Hampshire but it did nothing to dampen our day as we are determined New Englander’s(wait is that a real word, lol?)
We headed up the highway till we hit the notch and the travelled across Route 112 West in search of a spot to get some panning done in the river and swing the metal detectors. JT had her agenda as well simply just to PLAY!
We dropped her daddy off at the river while I took a familiar ride to most of you,
though this time the color was not so brilliant I was either a few days late or maybe early. It was still a nice 20 mile ride to get a hot cup of coffee and for me and my girl to have some alone time. She loves riding shotgun with me two chicks in a black truck yes you know we turn heads lol.
Some of you already know I have a shoulder that has been hurting badly and having just had an injection by the surgeon I was up to getting out and since I can not see him till Halloween why not celebrate by spending time out in nature with my two favorites.
Now for a few shots of color I captured along the way.
This shot I took beside me while I was at the gas station fueling up.
Summer and Fall play Tug O War
No fall color to steal the beauty of the covered bridge this year.
JT and I may not have found a lot of color along the stream but we found a little Zen and her daddy found some color in his pan!
Clearly some of the trees were more like me holding on to Summer for all it is worth. Fall may be pretty to look at but next comes cold and snow and that is not welcome in my world yet. Poor folks in WY and SD just got hammered with a nasty blizzard and all-weather marches our way thankfully it is 2,000 miles away.
We left the river and climbed up to capture a pretty view which you can find even if the weather is not perfect.
As we traveled southeast I stopped to capture a few shots of a lake and to let the dog stretch her legs it had been a long day of riding and walking so I will add a few more photos of the lake as I end this post and get back to catching up on as many of yours as I can with the sun showing up I maybe pulled away again .
Have a great weekend!
I forgot. Yesterday was a day I listed to some Janis Joplin tunes as it was the day she died so long ago and as I traveled down 16 S I saw a place for Old Hippies and I needed some perfume, that I have worn as my signature scent since the late 60’s, yes Patchouli Oil lol “old hippies” (well I was just a tad too young to be a real one thankfully or I may not have made it either) I am told by the young girl inside come in for it all the time. This was the decoration outside their door. Now what a way to end a perfect trip for COLOR!
Well spring has arrived here in NH and that means added joy and hope for better days ahead, not just for me but for all living things who need this planet to survive themselves. I hope the weather in your spot here on earth is not under water. I want my old planet back when you could count on normal weather but sadly we have done so many things wrong and usually it is not the super wealthy who get hurt the most. Not fair that I can say.
So I wanted to let you know I am so happy, no not just because of the flowers starting to bloom or the heat being turned of for most of the day but REALLY HAPPY, filled with joy from letting go of STUFF, physically and mentally purging is good for one’s soul, house too! Have you started spring cleaning yet?
My son and I are back to being able to speak to one another and for that all the pain I went through for 10 days was worth it. LOL He is happy and putting tons of ART out there and having fun isn’t that what we all want for our children.
I have been getting more of my prints out there for sale and soon will step back into my studio to melt some glass and see what this new joy will look like in beads and fused objects. I will do some more Zentangle as well but all of that will wait till gardens are in and house is painted 1/2 a house painted has to end!
Beading with tiny seed beads has taken a backseat for now I just have actually been to busy and too happy to sit still and ouch the body feels it! I may do a piece for special people or myself but not for sale anymore as they want them for free see you can teach an old dog new tricks!
So let me add a photo for you all let me know if you LIKE IT lol
Blossom/leaf from Pear tree
Have a great day!
It was 1999 and I was hauling the tanker you see in the photo above. It was used for hauling Spring Water from a New Hampshire Spring Water Company up in the lakes region.
Heading up the mountain roads to pick up the loads were hard enough on me but once loaded and top closed, I had to get down that long steep grade, now weighing in at 103,000 gross pounds. Yes I was a Heavy Hauler and my load MOVED. When filling, the idea was to get it chock full of water so movement would be cut down to a minimum.
In the summer months hauling spring water were such pretty days. Traveling from bottling plants back up on top of the mountain for more and back down again. Most days I did this trip three times. Long hours were hard on me and my rig.
I fought traffic through Massachusetts rush hours only to be caught in one just trying to get back home to New Hampshire but I made decent money, paid my bills and still had some fun.
Now all I just told you went on during winters as well and no, not so pretty. Maybe I should have had a camera with me but I was all business when behind the wheel but now that I look back, what a blast to capture what I saw out there on a daily basis. Stopped of course.
I changed my own oil in the rig as well as greased it, from end to end. I did all the repairs I knew how to do or that Dad could walk me through or even help me with when he was not busy driving himself.
This is the ugly part of a day, in the life of me and my truck.
I always kept great tires on my truck, it is what allowed me to run day in and day out with no blown tires and left sitting on the side of the road. Well it still would happen but not so often, more so when I was hauling rubbish in and out of landfills.
Well on this day I headed out with 4 new tires for my rear axle of my tractor. I gave my old tires to the place I always did business with and paid the man, even gave him a friendly” Thanks so much”, see you when the fronts come in Call Me!
I went up to the mountain to grab another load of spring water and kicked tires before heading down that nasty mountain road, never knowing it would be one of the scariest rides . I was loving the ride knowing my tires were new and actually very pretty, you see I even sand blasted the rims and had them powder coated. I was out on a major highway here in New Hampshire and stopped to pay my toll then shortly after I was in Newburyport Massachusetts on 95 south when I heard, then felt something funny, well not funny but you know what I mean. I clenched the big rigs wheel and held on tight about this time I see one of my new tires pass me! Then I knew I was in serious trouble my boyfriend yelled ” aren’t you going to stop?”. I swear to you I could not answer him, this had never happened before in over two million miles of driving one of these. I looked in my mirror to my left as the tire would surly head out in front of me and into the lane beside me. There was a full school bus and all I could do to warn anyone and make them pay attention was to lay on the air horn, which had everyone’s attention by the grace of God. This huge truck tire was moving! I had been in the right travel lane and bus in middle lane and we had lots of other company on the southbound side of I 95. The tire came across my lane into the school bus lane across the next one into the medium strip of the highway and popped up in front of a Saab, who was not expecting or paying attention to all of us headed south with our 4 way emergency flashes on. When he or she saw it coming straight at them they jerked the wheel and it just missed them and off the other side it went! I asked Dave to remember where as I needed to go and collect it. Then the tire which rides beside it, passed me and this one could have killed us and many others that day but once again by the grace of God and my luck, it did not get caught up under us, which could have had me loosing control and just horrible, unimaginable things taking place that day. This inside tire took the path up the breakdown lane and thankfully no one was parked there. It then left the highway and went down the embankment. Dave again took a mile marker number down as we would have to hunt it down. These tires were $400.00 each and the rims were expensive as well, never mind what I paid to have the man do the work of putting them on.
While wheels were leaving the truck and traffic veering around the first one and me holding on for dear life, I also had taken my foot off the accelerator and was coasting all the while, 103,000 lbs gross weight of tractor-trailer and load of spring water. I moved the truck into the breakdown lane, the nightmare over.
What I explained here in the telling of the story happened all within split seconds but seemed very much in Slow Motion. I was lucky that day, boyfriend too but mostly the many people who had just been out for a drive.
Now as I am pulled over, emergency flashes still on and I can’t move. It is over but somehow I know it isn’t. Boyfriend jumps out to check the truck out then I follow with cell phone in hand, how I hate phones but this day it helped me stay calm and out of trouble.
I could see my poor air bags and springs and shocks where extended beyond where they should be with all the weight on the other three sets of duel tires so I asked him to put down the landing gears while I called into the mountain to send another driver down to grab my loaded trailer and get it to the bottling plant before they ran out of water and had to shut down the line. I have always been like this, thinking of the other person though this meant I would not get paid for the load that was forty minutes from being delivered but sadly I had more import things to take care of.
I called the tire repairman and have him an earful. I called a wrecker and had him charged for it, though he assumed I would pay for it in the end. Once another driver arrived and hooked to my trailer I was sitting in the breakdown lane so I asked him the boyfriend who was a big help on days like this to get me a chain and some tools and went about taking off the leveler arm to get the axle where it needed to sit so I could chain it up and limp home, no the wrecker was not for me it was to go with Dave to pick up the two wayward tires and rims and bring them to our neighbors, the ones who had the fire I just told you about. I got the truck home and parked over there and then Dave and the tires arrived seems they had both gone down and over and landed in nasty puddles of road run off he and the tow truck driver and tires were filthy. I told the driver to bill the tire man for new boots too.
What a morning I had had on those new tires of mine.
What I wrote about here has happened to others I am sure in one degree or another but this one was my story of a beautiful sunny day till all the BOLTS SNAPPED do you know why? Seems he had over torqued them while using his air gun on them. I too have used air but always tightened them up by hand. He could have cost us and the others their life that day and you know he even had the audacity to BILL ME suffice to say I never paid him for second round of repairs. I told him to take me to court so I could tell the judge the story I have just written here.
Also I have to tell you from the moment this happened till the time I made a drink that night to try to unwind. I never saw one police officer. None pulled over to help me or ask if I was OK, you see they all knew me as a strong woman who did everything on her own. I guess that is the good part as I got no citations but boy I sure could have used some BLUE LIGHTS to protect us from possibly being hit, while we worked on the rig with traffic buzzing by at 70+MPH.
So keep your eyes open while driving or walking.
Please stay off your phones too.
PAY ATTENTION to where you are and what is going on around you.
You just never know and had I been gabbing on the phone like as if I was sitting in my living room I may not be here or that bus full of students.
Wise Old Pine
You know I love this one
Imagine the stories it could tell
Who has found their way to sit on a table under its outstretched branches
How many others thought it was worthy of a few photos
I have been here at the lake many times both in a boat and walking in the woods
This day I was there to see how much water was to be let out so I could prepare for the
flooding that would take place at home when they did and as I walked the different areas of
the shoreline I caught sight of this tree through the others
Holding on tight to anything it can grab
Trees amaze me
The power they hold it is what I am after
The ability to hold on
Reaching out with my roots
No matter the storms I brace myself for
I may adore the colors of Maples in the fall
The Willow in my yard
Pines such as this with so many stories
It continues to cling to the rocks, soil, earth
It is busted and broken but still here
Trees inspire me to keep on keeping on
This has been here hiding in the woods since the 50’s
When you get close to the actual dam , it is posted KEEP OUT
The woods before it were not
Now there is an old part and then another concrete structure that is very long and very tall, all it’s for is to hold water in the lake so they can boat and they drain it over and over into this small tiny stream each year so they do not have to pull their docks up and out of the way.
This stream is the one that makes my southern boundary, which is being destroyed . Year after year so then can keep their stationary DOCKS.
I never knew that this was 3 miles out in the woods behind my property and if it failed it would be catastrophic, we would all die down stream in minutes.
Such a pretty place but they do not want to follow regulations the state wants them to. I thought I had problems. Well next I will find out how often it is checked, as our state is cutting budgets and bridges are crumbling what about DAMS?
This section is about 200 yards downstream
Yes, I worked my way around to a place where I could get a different view of a dam, that could truly wipe us out downstream. I am now scared as we have had a few earthquakes, a couple of tornadoes and many hurricanes and this sits 3 miles behind me
Winds were blowing around 25 mph maybe stronger gusts. We had been in the thick woods here. She and I were walking to lose weight and spend a beautiful December day at the lake. I am trying to throw a Frisbee while I take a photo as well.
I am not sure if she caught scent of a wild animal or if she was giving her Father “Dirty Looks” lol
We walked on and off slowly as I took photos here and there then a round of Frisbee along the shore of the lake while he metal detected in the water yes he was in a suit so as to not freeze.
I asked her if she had FUN today and this was her answer a pretty face then a kiss
I know you probably heard this before but I swear
I do adore her.
Peace and Love
Well they had another draw down at the lake and you can see more of the islands show up, as well as the shoreline.
Come to find out it is the association here that wants to release so much water, so that they can leave their docks in the water all winter.
My yard is one of many taking it all so they can keep doing what they want. This will now become a push and shove deal and I will fight for my land, as this is MY HOME not a SUMMER COTTAGE.
Absolutely insane to be drawn down so much, that water is eight feet below where it runs normally.
I thought all of this was being done with a few boards, was I ever surprised to see what is behind my house, hidden in the woods and should it fail, as dams did in Katrina, we will be dead in minuets. I will show you what has been destroying my beautiful landscape, year after year, in a few days, if I can get any sleep now.
It was a beautiful morning when we woke cold and frosty as you would think NH would be on Thanksgiving morning but roads were clear up through our White Mountains. As we reached the border area of VT where Moore Dam sits the fog stated to rise as the sun warmed the air over the lake so pretty wish I was not on a mission and could have stayed to watch it to completion as it was the most beautiful of days with friends in their kitchen and yard talking and sharing a meal while giving thanks for what we have.
I was thankful for the fact there was NO SNOW there
I will share more photos as the day go on you know me I always take too many and ADD TOO MANY to a post
Home you all had a wonderful time in the States over a nice meal with family and friends
Let me take you along my favorite stretch of roadway and you will see NH all decked out in her finest!
One section is 32 miles with NO GAS. It’s OK, I promise not to run out.
Look at those COLORS just up ahead.
I want to show you something that makes NH special
We are spoiled by so many of these bridges, throughout our state.
Let’s check out the river, I did tell you before that there is GOLD here.
OK Jump back in let’s check out a few more spots of color.
Let’s keep our eyes open, MOOSE ARE HUGE!
Let’s pull off and check out the lake
Isn’t it Beautiful here?
OK time to grab a coffee and sit by the river. I hope you liked the ride. This year has
been spectacular to say the least and we still have 1/2 the state yet to hit PEAK COLOR.
Thanks again for coming along on and should you ever decide to visit NH at this beautiful time of the year always check the State of NH website for update on where and when the fall color should be at her best. Make sure your camera has fresh batteries.
We went for a walk
He with the machine to hunt for lost items, his treasure.
Me with JT and the Easy Share.
JT and I walked one way he the other but I found something I knew would help him in his search.
A rope swing!
It is down on the left side of this river where when it is full it is close to the lake.
We stopped to tell him and he headed that way swinging his machine, picking up change
here and there till he got to the swing. He walked out to where the water would have been
and picked up two rings! He thanked me and said you are the Treasure Hunter .
No I just see things random people don’t, maybe all those years driving a rig made this
blonde sit up and PAY ATTENTION . He got a lot of cash even at a place that rips
you off, Cash for Gold as they say, so we filled up the tank to be ready for the next
adventure. This one was right out behind the house less than a gallon to and from
that is perfect when it happens.
Keep your eyes open for treasure you might other wise miss.
Just six more weekends before they close the State Park, for camping.
They will again draw down this lake so the State Park and others with property along its shores can
fix their places up before winter rolls in, like only New England winters can.
I think I spoke of this draw down, you know where it goes right?
Sadly it will end up on my lower lawn, yes the beautiful spot that saw so much water, for so many years.
I have made calls with all the rain we got overnight to beg them to use some common sense, I pray they will.
They empty a whole cove, one whole end into my little stream. This I see as crazy. One year I had to laugh.
I was taking photos in these woods and came out at the boat launch and there were men, with boats on trailers,
scratching their heads as to where all the water was. I told them it was sitting in my yard. They too thought the
practice of doing this year after year was insane. That early spring the only thing you could do was Kyack or Canoe.
Motor boats could not navigate those rocky areas. They left angry , as angry as I was when I went home and saw my land being eroded
to save the STATE Property!
I no longer will stay silent.
Should they do it again I will call in the Newspapers and TV Station here.
There is no reason for taxpayers to pay for land that the state keeps taking more and more of.