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Pickity Place…

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Yes, it’s in the middle of nowhere, also known as Mason, NH.  The GPS had us winding our way through the woods until you had to wonder if this could possibly be right.  And then there it was, Pickity Place.  Several little weathered red buildings set in lovely gardens.  Herb gardens, flower gardens, and vegetable gardens.  The vegetables weren’t the only edibles to make it onto our lunch plates either, every one of the courses that made up our 5 course lunch was garnished with edible flowers.  I confess that they were prettier than they were tasty.  The flowers I mean, the food was delicious.

You can’t just drop in on this place, reservations for the seatings are required in advance.  While you are waiting for the bell to signal that it’s time to be seated you can wander in the gardens, or shop in the gift shops.  Or if you haven’t done it on line already you might peruse the menu for the day and choose which of the two entrees might tickle your fancy.  The menu changes monthly, and I thought September’s offerings looked tempting also.  What a nice way to spend the day with my oldest and dearest friend, and to make two new friends also…

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Look the other way…

There is the beach at Highland Lake, with a lily pad pond and dragonflies.  Then there is the other end of the lake where I took an especially nice sunset picture over the winter.  There was beautiful color in the sky and the Aiderondack chairs just set the stage.  Now there is beautiful color in the flowers, but they pretty much hide the Aiderondack chairs completely.  The sky was clouding over.  A severe weather alert posted when I got home, and the weather showed up right on time.  Scared the dog half to death so we snuggled up to watch TV.  The storm is over but the dog is still snuggled up.LakeflowersLakeflowers2LakeflowerbeeLakeflowers3

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Sunflower daze…

My husband called it the ‘6 Ps’.  Proper Preparation Prevents Piss-Poor Performance.  Not very eloquent but he made his point.  Yesterday our planned trip to Coppal Farm for the Sunflower Festival turned out to have been perfectly planned.  Or we were just lucky.  I wondered ahead of time how many pictures I’d get out of a trip to see just a single type of flower.  Only it turned out that there is more than one kind of sunflower.AugNHpalesunflowerAugNHredsunflowerAugNHsunflower1AugNHsunflower5

But the vast fields of sunflowers at Coppal Farm were the traditional variety that comes to mind at the mention of the word sunflower.  Except for one little face in the crowd.AugNHwhere'sWaldo

The farm itself was picture-worthy also.AugNHcoppalfarmAugNHcoppalfarm2AugNHpowerlinesAugNHsunflower4AugNHsunflower3AugNHsunflower2

Honestly, I don’t set out to take pictures of bugs, it just happens.  There were two varieties of black dragonflies at the pond next to the sunflower field.  They are so different from the blue ones I so commonly see that I was determined to get a decent picture.  But not to worry, the blue ones were there too.AugNHdragonfly1AugNHdragonfly2AugNHdragonfly3

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The unexpected…

It’s not that I was lost exactly.  I was attempting to follow the maps and signs within the Heritage Museum grounds in order to see everything, but I still hadn’t found the treehouse.  I started down the winding path and spotted a hummingbird flitting among the red flowers beside the path.  This was my opportunity to try for photos of a hummingbird on flowers instead of a feeder.  And then I noticed a hummingbird moth also set on feeding from the red flowers and I was really excited.  That has been a rare sight for me.  The flowers were quite close to the path, but these hummingbirds and moths must have been so used to people that having me there zooming in with my camera didn’t appear to bother them at all.  What a fun and unexpected finale to this amazing day.HPmoth1HPmoth3HPmoth4HPhummer2HPhummer3HPhummer4HPhummer5HPhummer6

 

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Kids Day…

It did occur to me that going to a venue such as the Heritage Museum and Gardens might not be the best choice for a weekend visit.  But it was supposed to be such a nice day, and I hadn’t been out for several days before, so even realizing that it was ‘kids day’ didn’t stop me.  Kids got in free on Saturday, and lots of activities were set up for them to enjoy while they were there.  Maybe everyone had as much trouble with the maps as I did, because yes, we entered together, but as I walked the paths I had no problem seeing the gorgeous landscapes and taking pictures without lots of people in the shots.  And I started taking pictures before I had even bought my ticket.  I was attracted to the flowers, but as I looked more closely at the flowers it was the bees that caught my attention, and then the butterflies, and even a little moth. HPpinkflowerbeeHPblackbutterflyHPblueflowerbeeHPorangeflowermothHPearlybee

It was the carousel that I had spotted on the map that I had set out to see.  But there were numerous paths intersecting each other, and signs pointing this way and that way, enough so that I kept getting distracted.  Almost right away I heard a waterfall off to my right.  I attempted several pictures but quickly realized that there was a lily pond at the bottom, and yes, there were paths to go there.  So I set off down the hill to take pictures, hoping there would be dragonflies.  And yes, there were dragonflies, but I got ridiculously excited to see the little turtles on the lily pads.  When some kids showed up I think I totally forgot that I’m not a kid and got excited to point out the turtles.  That got the kids excited, and they all were standing precariously close to the rock edge of the pond, switching positions, trying to see.  And when I spotted a frog on a lily pad the excitement level went up a bit more.  Now they were quite excited to be pointing out things to me, and for several moments I was that five-year-old self I’ve been looking for.  Then I noticed one of the moms standing beside me and I had to apologize since they were probably wishing the kids were watching a little more calmly.  She said it was fine.  I thought it was fun.  ‘Kids day’, in more ways than one.HPwaterfall.jpgHPturtleHPdragonflyHPfrog2HP2turtles

 

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Heritage Museum…

As I’ve driven back and forth in Cape Cod I’ve noticed a sign that announces a museum and garden in Sandwich, MA, and on Saturday I decided to check that out.  What I didn’t realize was that that sign refers to the Heritage Museum and Gardens that we had visited years ago.  What I remember from that trip was the beautiful antique cars.  I think that was the emphasis back then because it was what my family expected that my husband would enjoy the most.  But that was then, and this was now, and this time I was most interested in the beautiful gardens that were evident from the minute I got there.  The pathways wound up and down hills, and twisted this way and that, but along the paths and lining the meadows were flowers, flowers, and more flowers.  It was a beautiful and cool oasis on a lovely summer day.  I had a problem following the maps of the park itself, but that was okay because each path led to another beautiful scene.  I wondered why it took me so long to go there.

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