“A day in the country is worth a month in town”Christina Rossetti

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Hartford Connecticut's Bushnell Park Carousel and Elizabeth Park, West Hartford

After the rains of Hurricane Arthur, yesterday involved more of the activities that the Fourth of July normally would have included: outdoor fun, and hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill. Kristin and Jake were here for the holiday week-end while their kitchen was getting painted and prepared for new appliances and renovations.
For a little entertainment we stopped at the local elementary school playground to stretch our legs and test the swings.
Next we drove into a fairly quiet Hartford, CT to see the 100 year old Bushnell Park Carousel.
It is a wonderfully maintained work of art, and for one mere dollar, you can have a long, fast, dizzying ride on these precious antiques. The horses were a bit wild, so Jake chose a chariot.
This carousel, as well as many others, is repaired with the help of the artists and craftsmen at the New England Carousel Museum in Bristol, CT, also a wonderful place to visit.

Lastly we drove over the border into West Hartford to 116 year old Elizabeth Park to see the famous Rose Gardens.
From the cool shade of the Gazebo
Welcome banner created from grey santolina.

 My only disappointment was that we didn't see any brides, as it was a Saturday. 
As you can imagine, it is a popular stop for bridal parties for photographs.
Another salute to our flag. 
I hope you are enjoying the park offerings in your community.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Wet and Happy Fourth of July

 Happy Independence Day Friends! 
Its raining and cool and we love it, and the gardens love it. 
Its the heat break and rain that we needed.
Hurricane Arthur has cancelled all the fireworks around here till tomorrow, but our little firecracker is having fun in the rain and puddles. A town event for children had great attendance in spite of rain that poured at times. You would have thought that playing in the rain was a planned activity.

All the animals in the barn at Northwest Park in Windsor were visited and spoken to(Baa! Quack! Etc.) and then we got to the car before the next deluge for the ride home.
Have a great holiday!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Summer Solstice

  Hello Summer!
Caliente Deep Red Geranium
Stella Dora lily
Verbena bonariensis
We had a gorgeous start to summer, with clear, blue skies, so that we could enjoy the full affect of the longest day of the year.
coleus from seed

The gardens are slowly developing, and as evening came, I took a pictorial survey.
cosmos from seed
pansy from seed(a little late!)
 All of these shots were taken after 8pm as the sun was setting. Isn't the light wonderful!?

A month ago my more established gardens looked like this:
Front path garden
Back yard herb and perennial garden
Even though we have had cool and wet weather until the past week, look what a difference a month makes.
I am so lucky to have had a lot of the perennials given to me by old and new friends or I would be a poor girl if I had to purchase all these plants.
Back yard raised bed.  I've already had to pull mint twice to save St. Francis from disappearing.

There is a fledgling veggie plot and strawberry patch coming along in the back yard also, all started from scratch, and when they are presentable you'll get a tour there also.

Meanwhile, smell the roses and the honeysuckle and enjoy the season.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Welcome Spring

Last Saturday - the Ides of March - my father would have been 101 years old. 

To celebrate his life, I scratched a few furrows in the little raised bed that was still partially frozen, and planted peas. Since then I've gotten a few more flats seeded and now its officially time for gardens to get going.

Red Currant Tomato

 My window sills have a few seedlings started in January and February, but now its time for the big push. 
The humorous part though, is I don't have a big enough garden for all that I'm starting. As a matter of fact, the yard is a mess from the garage construction, and still has a massive pile of snow from the plow.  

But hope springs eternal - at least for the gardener!

Friday, February 14, 2014


Here is a big reason I am glad to have made the move back to Connecticut. 
My fourteen month old love!
Happy Valentine's Day All!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Gardening With Your Garbage and Recycling - 2

The next romaine stem I rescued from the compost bin was prepared a bit more per instruction in the article I posted a week ago.
Look at the result. 
Just three days and we are sprouting.
This is fun!
My lunch is growing my lunch!
Meanwhile the first one seems to have run out of steam, but we'll give it a bit more time.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Cabin Fever Festival, Windsor, CT/ Ice Festival, Ligonier, PA

We have four town facilities that we use for going for walks and hikes with Jock. Northwest Park is the largest, and has umpteen choices of lengths and variety. Basically, you could switch and join and combine and walk all day if you wanted to. Its mostly woods and field type trial, some going by a reservoir and some by barns and soccer fields. Depending on the weather and time, you can be in mostly shade or predominantly sun.

These days, I prefer as much solar help as possible. I don't recall the last time above freezing. Poor Jock's feet are either not as tough as they used to be, or the cold is just taking its toll. We tend to choose our destination by temperature this past month. Some days we get to the park, only to turn around minutes later because Jock begins to limp on three legs, trying to hold up one foot, then another. Its also hard to tell if its just the cold, or the product being used on the roads to melt the ice. Either way, we haven't taken too many walks past a half hour in the past month. We've tried greasing his feet with salve before we head out, but its hard to know how effective that is. Its actually too bad we didn't attend the Cabin Fever Festival yesterday as one of the features was a show with huskies from the Connecticut Valley Siberian Husky Club. Maybe they could have given us some advice.
Left over today was this ice sculpture that I imagine will be there for a while with our weather staying frigid for the rest of this week.

It was a fun reminder of the week-end Ice Festival back in Ligonier, PA, also this week-end. 

If you are passing Ligonier in the next week, I bet you can enjoy the many sculptures there - and maybe a hot drink too!