On the second weekend in New England, the January Thaw really kicked in. Be still my heart. I could not believe how cold it has been, really since Thanksgiving into the New Year. We have been spoiled it seems. Many recent winters we have had a little cold them warmth then cold again, see I really like that, I think. This winter we had a vortex and it brought me back to my youth and really big snowstorms and cold weather. We still have January to get through then February and March will follow. bringing with it who knows what. We did not get the worst of the horrid stretch of weather, the poor folks in our countries mid section got hammered, so I can not complain just our backs and coastline took a beating so far, oh wait the heating bills have been crazy made even worse by a fixed income. It is why I am trying to sell some photography here and there just for extra cash to make life easier. My sweetheart will be making some things for me using his welding expertise for the upcoming craft fairs and yard sales and when we have some finished I will show you.
So what do we here in New England do when we get our January Thaw? We get outside! We spend time out in the warmth of a winter’s day, with sunshine on our faces. We so not ski but he used and we do not skate but we could, as the yard has so much ice all over where we cleared of snow. See we have had over 1 1/2 feet of snow then 4 inches or more of rain then freezing and thawing going on and finally he resorted to getting us some cheap cleats for the bottom of our boots. Mine are still in the package his are worn in.
I take JT through the snow as I can not afford another injury like a broken arm or hip or for her to get hurt as vets and doctors charge too much. Wait can I get Obama care for her? So steady as we go is our plan. Chopping ice each mid day only for it to re-freeze over night. You have to be tough to live above the Mason Dixon Line, where the north and south meet. Yes the south suffers terribly too, with drought and heat and wicked storms that blow homes away and ruin lives. What an amazing place this Earth of ours is, really we are all at its mercy aren’t we. We either roll with the punches or give up. So far what ever has been thrown in my direction I have been able to recover from, some sadly never will and I find that so unfair. Ok enough depressing weather stuff, want to see our world yesterday?
After chopping with the one arm I have left of any use, I grabbed the camera and that cute JT and went off into the woods behind our barn to see what was going on, hoping to run into a deer or two.
Well beaten down deer trails could be found along with bear, coyote and fox prints as well all leading to the stream and away from it. Everyone needs fresh water.
More tracks of forest dwellers.
It really was such a pretty walk in the woods with my girl even the trees looked joyful and no longer weighed down with snow and ice.
This is out in front of the barn, no wonder he is hunting for chains to fit his 1954 Dodge with dual wheels a lot of good all that beautiful welding of my plow being added to his truck did ,if it can’t move. We SHOVEL and CHOP!
Yes it is rather treacherous to say the least! I must be grateful there is ICE and NOT MORE SNOW well not yet. 🙂 Give it a minute we are in New England!
Have a great week and I hope everyone who was suffering in the awful cold is also getting a respite if even for a day or so and for those dealing with summer heat and drought I wish you cooling rains. Gentle not flooding as we will soon know that world all too well.
Have a great week!
So Fast Indeed……. sorry lousy FAST photo, pretty color though 🙂
It was windy and cold so we stayed home. JT was tired of staying in so I slid my boots on and wrapped a warm scarf across my head and face lol I must be getting old 🙂 and when I grabbed the camera she ran off to get her Frisbee. She is too smart but I must have told you that before. Most of us are now old friends. I still didn’t have my coat on and she was running back and forth from the door to me in the kitchen. Going on 8 but some days more like a two year old.
As you can see by the shadows it was a sunny day but very cold, too cold to go to walk the beach in Maine as we had planned. Besides between VT and Maine over 100,000 were having Christmas with no power. Most people up here in the northeast are smart about having two sources of fuel to heat their places with. We have propane that almost ran out before he showed up Christmas Eve at almost 6 PM and back up is nut coal, I love coal heat. We use propane for cooking too and now we have an electric water heater I have never had one of them before but with gas stove I can light the burner with a match and boil water in a pinch.
Maybe if we follow these tracks we can catch him being a busy beaver seems by the vegetation here where the tracks lead to that he has chewed off most of my beautiful Forsythias. They are tough and will grow back but I did not want them PRUNED!
Swim out from under the ice climb across the land down to grab more of my beautiful bushes then back to his damn DAM!
And head right for my seriously “WEEPING WILLOW TREE ” where JT is on it’s scent! she is such a good girl but she is a herder not a hunting dog.
We hope you had a Wonderful Christmas.
We had our Christmas Ham with Baked Potato, Acorn Squash and Carrots to end the wonderful day spent together at home. No babies, no presents from a store but a warm home and hot meal what more could we ask for. We have all we will ever need except for Peace On Earth so tonight after dessert, a simple brownie, when we close our eyes that is what we will hope the world can get as it’s gift from all of us.
With Love from me too you and a wish that you and your families travel safely so we can all await the New Year TOGETHER
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!
Yes this is now my yard remember my blogs from winter or from the floods?
We are truly jungle like these days. Warm and humid and tropical rains and now we are under the gun for some serious Flash Flooding! It is when the river will rise up and over their banks and can destroy roads and yards.
Can you see this Green Growth? Soon there will be blooms, dragonflies and butterflies all over this yard of ours.
I hope we still have bats in my bat box because this afternoon it was so hard to get these shots as I was constantly swatting mosquitoes!
I have grown Tiger Lilies along one section of this river that is the southern property line
I am trying to find out what kind of green weed is on the front right that is taking over our yard. Do you know what it is called?
These are growing so fast with easily 10+ inches of rain this spring plus the 100 inches or more of snow we had this winter plus the river as it comes us and goes back down.
Wildflower or Weed who knows, not me till it opens!
I have more that are open rain and all(sorry for all those who need the rains so bad parts of Canada and all of New England will truly give you some of ours)seems these things that call my yard home are LOVING IT!
Tiny Yellow flowers so you know how tiny thins little bee was! So tiny I never saw it till I went to share it with YOU I love nature in MACRO!
So many blossoms are gone before their time hope there will be plenty for our honey bees if and when the sun shines again.
Beach Roses before the buds open and in the background the Rose Hips wait to ripen.
Happy Hour! Free Drinks!
Pretty male Finch just before he was ambushed by a Baltimore Oriole bullies!
Baby Pears are covering the tree we pruned in early spring yes we lost some possible fruit but I could not pick it that HIGH! Rotten squished fruit attracts too many BEES and remember he is highly allergic.
Well gotta run my little girl wants me to play catch with her AGAIN!
My beautiful tree is loosing all her lovely blooms TOO MUCH RAIN!
Maybe I will sell MUSHROOMS!
We drove my mother to her doctor appointment last week. I used to go to the hospital many years ago to see a doctor who practiced there so I knew right where I was going or so I thought. Mom had been born on that property in the old wooden hospital over by Spot Pond.
Our day started early we woke at 5:00 and left NH at 6:00 to miss rush hour traffic. We had a wonderful ride on a very cold day. Mom could have driven there but being 77 she worried about the morning traffic as they had given her a 9:00AM appointment for her stress test, I knew she did not need the stress of that bumper to bumper traffic on top of her test.
We took our truck as it was already warm inside this day in New England saw temps. below zero and with gusty winds it felt even colder.
After I made sure mom was all checked in and was all set, I made my way back to the truck. I grabbed my gloves and grabbed JT and her leash, the camera too thinking if I walked fast and kicked a stick we could do the loop around the old hospital, you see the place we had all thought we were going was CLOSED, boarded up with construction equipment throughout the beautiful property. As we walked the old paved walkway close to the buildings it really was tolerable weather wise but when we came around the corner and the winds welcomed us I knew I had to turn around for not only me but JT. Last thing I need is frostbite on my nose!
Here are a few photos I took, last week of a beautiful but rather frigid New England day in Massachusetts.
A very cold New Hampshire afternoon with the river doing her best to stay open and flowing but sadly it was loosing its battle with old man winter.
Now yesterday as the furnace cranked out the heat to keep us warm it did nothing to stop our bathroom pipes from freezing, have I told you I HATE WINTER!
I boiled tea kettle after tea kettle of water and poured down the drains in sink and tub. Who ever designed this home was nuts putting the bathroom on an outside wall! Then again when this camp was built they used and outhouse. Yes that was my world yesterday, me doing all I could from inside and him outside in below 0 F, with and extension cord and a hairdryer warming a vent pipe. I tried to remind him that the hot water I had been doing all day was working and that my hair dryer was NOT FOR OUTSIDE USE, in SNOW! I swear he will make me get my first Gray hairs!
I know I added the photos to the post but others never showed up!
We have had some really bad floods in our area.
I should have shot video as the water was flowing under the ice
it was awesome to watch.
Huge ice was breaking apart
Freezing to brush, small trees and others moving with the flow of the river.
I Love the color combo on this home. In New England we have areas
where only colors from the Colonial Days can be used on homes in the
Falls where water levels are controlled
It was a cold day but the walk was just what we needed wish he had taken longer
Smart Ducks sitting in the sunshine
Silly ones in the Shade and Water
The town I live in used to be a part of this town.
So much history in this area of NH. This is the river that flows through it.
Pretty Pines surround this Massachusetts State Park along the Merrimack River and the Atlantic Ocean
Sign post tells the story about this beautiful park.
Pine Cones beneath them all in January. Wish I had taken some home to try and grow here at our place
JT discovering smells of critters that has surly passed this way.
This is a campground as well. Stop by for a night or too and take in a few walks along the shore and don’t forget to look for JT’s ARTWORK made by her pretty fancy paws.
The sunsets are amazing from here.
Should you need directions give me a shout!
Around noon today, water still coming in so it is time to go see WHY
Just before we get to the other side where we hear water running this stuff is full of Deer Ticks even after a hard frost.
Since people no longer wear fur the trappers have been scarce and these animals are out of control damming all the local rivers and streams we all had 4 feet of water in our homes and one house was actually not saved as the owners sold out while they could still get enough to have a newer home high and dry and not anywhere near WATER! Had they just paid attention and went out when they saw trouble brewing they never would have lost their dream home to the DAMN BEAVERS!
Draining as it is OCT.
Camping last summer will be like the Ritz, compared to our upcoming trip.
No RV this time, even the 76 will look good when compared to our tent.
We will be as comfortable as we can be at our age, even with aches and pains.
Air mattress will be great if we can get up come morning .
The dog, well she will love her time away, she will have lots of people to see.
This time the river will not be across the road from us but steps from the tents zipper.
There is a fire pit which will be welcome as the rains come and temps drop.
Looking forward to some hours away after all I have tried to do of late.
A few meals cooked over the fire and some tasty drinks with friends now that is how
I shall welcome Fall. So if you are someplace warm, enjoy your weekend. I will walk
along the river, capturing who knows what in my lens. You know you will see a few
Peace and Love to you all
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.
You are looking at what used to be my roadway. There used to be a bridge that crossed this tiny stream and the area at the end of this road, had a home on the left. The bridge lifted up 15 feet, as the water rose that high. Now I was beginning to wonder why all this water was filling our yard. I asked a town worker to locate the reason for this continued flooding. They came back and said they found a huge beaver dam, on the lot of land where a friends home had gone under water three times. They never said they had a damn over there, which cost them their home.
Well with three feet of water in my home enough was enough. I contacted the new land owners and they were adamant I too would lose my home and end up selling it to them for conservation type land but not really. They told me the government had given them money to buy homes and lands to help with flooding. Flooding what flooding this was because the place was over run by nasty large rodents, called BEAVER. I loaded the gun and waited till they came for some of my trees. We took a total of 6 Beavers and then I set about looking for people, neighbors who also abutted this huge dam to see if I could put on waders to pull half of it out to release the water from my yard as well as my home. Most of his land was under water and he said he would help. Two days later my beautiful lawn that was now trying to dry out was covered with nasty stuff as well as snakes.
Crazy that this was allowed to go on for as long as it did. All it took was me and my boyfriend and a neighbor and his teenage son to stop the insanity. This group then went on to place gates on each of these conservation type pieces of land. Signs, Signs Everywhere a Sign all over the trees , I thought they were into saving the land and trees, wildlife too! This has always been an upland game area. Deer, Turkey and Ruffed Grouse. NOT BEAVER PONDS. Why don’t I stop talking for now and let you see what one dam on my tiny stream did.
Above is where the bridge lifted and was taken away
Right behind where my Lilacs are along side the house right below the bedroom window.
I am so happy I raised the yard to level it for a garden and pool. This is where the water is just below us.
As we let water out of the dam area boy did it start to drop fast. It was right up against this side of the house.
You have seen my yard, in the post Chores Done, so you know there was a lawn there
Where I am standing taking this photo , it was under 10 feet or more of water in first photo, see how I take care of a rodent problem.
I worked 16 to 18 hours every day , not just five. I drove a rig for over 2 million miles and was not going to lose my
home to beavers or a group backed by our government, to buy up homes from people who loved living here along
a pretty little river and stream. The turkeys love it here as do we. Something you love is worth fighting for.
In this shot she is almost back within her banks, soon the Heron will return to fish.
We hit a local stream in upstate Vermont, with Gold on our
mind and a place to cool off the pup, on a hot summer day.
We made our way to the river with friends and it was so
peaceful there, under the trees. Their two sons taught our
Border Collie how to swim. I know she should have known but
she is a Herder not a Lab. In large fields full of Sheep, they do not
get many chance to play in water.
So with the children having fun, I took off with my camera.
I came upon a very old truck that someone had decided was much too much
trouble to have it pulled out of the woods. Wonder why it was there.
This is the first shot I took from the river.
The floorboards did not stop this tree from coming up through and growing into
a real beauty, even with this mess of twisted metal all around her.
They made cars and trucks back then to last but something tells me this tree will be
left standing when this old truck has just about rusted away.
I got back to the waterfall area where everyone was swimming and having fun, and I was
greeted by my happy, wet dog. She had a blast while I was exploring.
I love our times out in the woods and water together .
Can you tell what year and model this thing is, rusting out in the woods of Vermont?
Holding on tight
Fighting to stay strong
Wanting to grow
We are not alone in this desire
Such a tall tree it is for having it’s roots clinging to so little soil and clearly not much water till the river rises
but for now it clings strong to the rock, solid ground.
How many times in our lives have we done just that to make it till the next morning?
We go for fun.
How many hobbies pay you back, for the time you put in?
With a small scoop and a plastic gold pan you can find this, if you can figure where in a river
it would sit and wait for you to find it. That is the hardest part for some, reading the river.
Just like tying a fly for Trout or Salmon and fly fishing a local river , you cast and let the current
swing it to where the fish are holed up. Gold travels in floods, and moves throughout rivers and streams
and not just in AK or CA.
Times are tough for many right now and it has been around $1700.00 US an Ounce . So if you have
a stream with lots of large rocks or bedrock in it, grab a pan, they are cheap and a spade shovel and
give it a try. You will be outside and in a cool river , on a hot summer day and who knows maybe just maybe
you may find a picker or a nugget!
We take all of that out first, then screen down the dirt till we have fine gold, garnets and black sand
(the same thing that is inside of an Etch-a-Sketch)magnetite.
Remember show me what you find and keep your eyes open for gems too, as they can be found in the same streams.
Good luck out there and have fun in the beautiful outdoors!
Our day started very early. Up before the sun. All we had left to do was drive to the special spot and start prospecting for gold. He took the dredge and shovel and 4 buckets. I brought my dog(lol)camera of course)and something for the small propane camping stove. What a Beautiful day it was. We will never forget we had the river to ourselves. Just the hum of a dredge running on a pretty day. While it sucked up what he placed in front of his nozzle, and then up the hose and through the triple sluice box, it held different sizes of GOLD on each level and flushed out the junk(plain rocks,lol) I am going to try to take you through this pretty day along a pretty spot in the river. Maybe you will catch the FEVER, lol Gold Fever.
This is just a two and half in. dredge. This will move small rocks and packed gravel and place it back into the stream for fish to pick through for food and a place for some to lay eggs. We clean out all the lead, from the area he is working in. At the end of the day the place is clean of metal,lead and hopefully GOLD.
The hose is 2 1/2 in. in diameter so we do not take home boulders, or destroy the land we play in, we just enjoy the openness of this river and how it changes month by month. With ever passing storm that brings heavy rains, these boulders roll along and Gold collects in certain spots. It has been since the beginning of time. We just have more ways to search for it than a beaten up pie pan as the 49ers did.
Now that I showed you his equipment let me show you this beautiful spot in Maine.
See that big rock formation it is called Bedrock. It is what we want to see a lot of.
The boulders above are what rolls down the river and eventually flattens out the GOLD into flakes and pickers, we still search for the NUGGETS though, down against bedrock that has been covered for hundreds of years or more.
A tiny feeder brook dumps in to this main river. I comes from a mountain stream high above, which has been filled with winter run off(SNOW) I love following these streams up through the woods with a camera and a gold pan.
Also you know she will be beside us on our journey. He she is tired from so much play. She spent most of the day in the water and loved her day as much as we did. Life is good for two cripples. We take lots of breaks to take in the beauty and rest our injured parts. He feels good in his wet suit sitting in the river but he will pay for days after we get home. I will too from the driving and walking but we need to do something or this is no reason to be here.
On this first day of July we found hundreds of assorted butterflies that spent the day with us, this one spent enough time on our shovel for me to get a few photos to share.
Hope you enjoy our day as much as we did.