California faces its most severe drought emergency in decades; we are now in our 3rd consecutive year of below-normal rainfall. Governor Jerry Brown has called for Californians to reduce water use by 20 percent voluntarily, and mandatory rationing could be ordered soon so that homes, businesses and farms don’t run dry over the summer. No matter where you live it just makes sense not waste this precious resource. Here are 2 super simple steps you can take to drastically reduce water waste in the kitchen.
We have a double sink in the kitchen, 1 was used for washing the other ended up being a dumping location and quickly filled with dishes waiting to go in the dishwasher, which drove me BONKERS!
Wishing to reduce our water waste and save my sanity I bought a nice new bucket and put that in one sink, into this we collect the water from…
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New England Gull on a frozen granite wall along the Atlantic Ocean in New Hampshire.
Snow Covered Lower Yard Flooded too
Yes cold and I suppose pretty lol
fall loosing this battle that has been hard fought
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!
You know I live up here in New England. You see the beach photos I share. I have to tell you the seafood we have here, has spoiled us.
When I was a little girl my parents always took me out for Fried Clams each March, as my birthday rolled around. We had it occasionally throughout the year as a whole family of six but more as a treat.
I was in my late 20’s though before having a Steamer. It is a small clam that can be bought by the pound or bushel. They are called Small Neck Clams, and you Steam them in a huge pot , well if you love them as much as I do, you need a big pot!
When you are done steaming them they all open up their shells, the ones that stay closed need to be thrown away as they were dead already.
You take and melt some butter and put in small bowls or little plastic cups and you also take a ladle of the water they were steamed in just off the top you don’t want to get any sand that maybe sitting on the bottom of the pot. You place broth into small dish as well. Add your Steamer Clams to a big bowl and dig in! You take them out of the shell by grabbing a hold of the neck the long part, you pull off the skin from it and then rinse in broth then dip in butter then into your mouth it goes. YUM
My Mom can’t look at them but she loves them fried which is why I was so old when I first tried them. I tell her all the time MORE FOR ME. Ron loves Fried Clams but will not touch a Steamer, so I usually go without unless we go out to eat and I order them. Well that was before the last trip to the beach when it was so bitterly COLD.
On our way home I see a man surrounded by that ice I showed you on the marsh. He was out on a piece of land surrounded by water digging away! For what ?CLAMS, yes for steaming and he was in NH.
So I brave the cold and park along the road and leave boyfriend and JT in truck and grab my camera to go see what he got. By now he had used his kayak to come ashore and was getting his gear packed in it to haul up to his truck also just in front of us beside the main road. I said “Hello, excuse me.” and he jumped insert smile , he was not used to woman coming to see what he had brought back. I told him I did a blog and asked if I could take a photo to share with all of you he was so happy, even on a frigid day to talk with me . I promised I would not tell where he had been and we laughed as many had seen him as I had. So he asks if I like clams and I told him I loved them. He reminded me as a resident of NH I could get so many quarts for free each day when in season. I think he said $30.00 a year to get a digging license. He told me to have a life jacket and small boat and come get MY SHARE of NH’s tasty clams. Now how nice was that. I am blessed people are always open to me. So I would like to Show you his tools of the trade and his haul.
The photo is bad as I am shooting into the setting sun and from the other shore before I knew I would walk up to him on the other side.
So here is Brian and his clams.
He was off for a stiff drink and some tasty clams.
I am blessed to meet the people I do.
I could hardly wait to share it with you,
nope not his secret spot, though no one would love clams enough to be out in the water on a day like that,
except this brave soul and his fresh clams.
Maybe I will see him again I see a Clamming License in my future.
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!
No matter the weather
Sun or Clouds
I love this place so much
Wave after wave
Right on the heels of another
Spraying water all around
I guess maybe I am drawn to the sea for her POWER
As it is so plain to see
Waves roll onto the shore after making their display
I really could just sit here with the camera
The dog too
Photo after photo, all the same but really just a little different
Can you see
How I love the Sea
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
I couldn’t wait to share this beautiful day with each of you, as it is mid November and days such as this one will be far and few between.
I took it last week as we went to walk and metal detect the local beach, this time north of us. We have only 18 miles of coastline in NH and for the most part we do have access to our shore.
We have rocky areas but here and there we have sandy beaches to walk, suntan on, even fly kites.
In this stretch we have an Ice Cream stand, boatyard and a state park or two. It is not built up with lots of businesses or homes though some of the homes along 1A are gorgeous there are still some built very modestly. They are down to earth people who enjoy the shore on a bright warm summer day or in the middle of a nor’easter. We really are hardy souls up this way.
This was November, Veterans Day and it was 70 degrees F. Wow what a gift for those who are not looking forward to many months of cold and snow, me being one of them. I will walk the beach this winter but I will bundle up and not stay out there too long, as JT doesn’t wear boats.
I will always have the camera with me but you knew that. I will try to show you another season of NH life. You have seen all my pretty spring flowers, summer beach scenes and of course the fall color we are known for but winter in NH you will just have to see .
We are here for the FOUR SEASONS after all, me on the other hand wish I headed south with my Hummingbirds.
Peace and Love
The nights are getting cooler, finally.
Fall is near, I can smell it in the air.
Soon the trees will be decked out in their glorious colors.
I know it isn’t fair for me to go on and on about how pretty they will be.
Some of you will never get to see this beauty for yourselves, so I will be on
a mission to catch some pretty moments and to share them with you as well
Just old photos from a Fall past, to get you ready for the change of seasons.
For us who actually get to enjoy four, well me three ,I hate winter but unless I
run away you will surely see SNOW photos as well
Pretty boats all in a row
Tucked here and there on their moorings .
Such a beautiful day to be worried about rain or do they want privacy?
Laying wait for their owners to take then out, on the open water.
Pirates? I want to be on this one!
Can’t wait to take her for a boat ride!
I love finding punches of COLOR!
Sailors have always lived a Colorful life
which I have always seen as ROMANTIC.
I know it is hard work keeping their boats
clean,fueled up and running good. The men who fish here
for a living in (MA,USA) are a strong bunch.
Looking for fish, getting what they are worth, fighting storms, loosing traps.
I love fish and appreciate all the hard work , as well as the sacrifices, for us to have a wonderful fish dinner.
Keep up the good work!
We had taken a trip to the shore to detect the beach, the waves were rough and the winds brisk.
We found a ring and change but once again, I captured on my Easy Share, a few interesting
photos on the way home.
These were Sail Boats that had been knocked over by the winds.
As we came along this curvy section of shore road I see this young man suiting up to catch the AIR. I pulled over and caught some action shots like I said I am ALWAYS READY!
I really wanted to just watch as I had never seen this done, close up in a marsh no less.
His Kite goes up in the wind with no problem.
Looks like he is also enjoying the day much differently from how we had but isn’t that what life is about, doing things you enjoy.
See what I mean about a brisk wind, man and I thought racing cars years ago was a RUSH
He and his buddy just jumped out of their cars, suited up, dragged their gear to the edge of the marsh and took off ! They must do this in a lot of places maybe safer than here .lol
We are along a very busy coastal route in NH.
Then the ride ends and thankfully on a cold and raw windy day.
In the middle of the ROADWAY!
I had my photos of this day safely on my SD Card and they were safe and would now pack up to maybe go for a beer and talk about the AIR they had Grabbed!
You just never know what you will find, during the course of a regular, plain old day .
Hope you enjoyed our day too
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.
A random man along our shore, during winter Catching a Wave!
I was walking with dog and also looking for sea glass but I decided to follow him
with my camera. I have no idea who he is just a winter surfer.
see the snow in the foreground?
So I came home with his Surfing photos and some exercise for all of us and to top it off this is what I did with another treasure
Beautiful day to be on the river in search of GOLD and all other things BEAUTIFUL I can find in my LENS