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Pickity Place…

https://www.pickityplace.com/

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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Looking for herons…

There was a Blue Heron sighting at Highland lake this morning, but not by me.  And when I attempted to find them myself what I found were dragonflies and Canada geese.  Sound familiar?  I thought I’d hurry out ahead of the stormy weather that was predicted for later.  And come back to reorganize the car ahead of a further NH exploration this weekend.  This retirement/snowbird thing is suiting me just fine.

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Making my way…

Last night I found a potential post I had written sitting forgotten in the computer.  It was written as I began this first snowbird season of mine, driving with a new appreciation of what I was seeing through the windshield as I made my way north.  I’m sure that I expressed most of what I had written in former posts since then, but what struck me was my last comment from that post.

If it’s photography that’s opened my mind to actually see and appreciate all that’s around me then it has improved my life immensely.  Now to try to slow down and stop for the photo ops along the way, that’s my goal for this trip.  And every day from now on, no matter where I am.

And that’s exactly what I feel like I’ve done.  I’m happy that I wrote that statement so that I can pat myself on the back for following through.  But there are so many more places left to explore.  I can’t wait…

 

 

 

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Along the canal…

“Maybe you’ll see a big boat”, I said to myself as I headed to the canal again.  After several days of rain, and more than one tornado, it promised to be a sunny day with temperatures in the 70s, and the need to be outside was irresistible.  My knowledge of boats is rather limited, I can identify sail boats and speed boats, and sail boats are the prettier of the two.  But speed boats was what we had the most of.  And they were speeding, looking as if it was a race, and the little blue boat was in the lead, but not for long.Buzzard'sBayspeedy2Buzzard'sBayspeedersBuzzard'sBayblueboatBuzzard'sBaycatchingupThe wake that they created caused waves that caught these people off guard.  I had been watching them plucking things from among the rocks at the edge and collecting them in their bucket.  Mussels was the consensus of the people I spoke with as we enjoyed the day. Buzzard'sBaycanalpeopleFat dragonflies were zooming past me also, teasing me because they weren’t landing anywhere to give me a photo op.  I took a ridiculous number of photos just into the air in hopes that burst mode would give me an image, it didn’t.  But they did get me to pay attention to the hillside behind me with its flowers.Buzzard'sBayphotobombBuzzard'sBayseedy2Then I got interested in a little bird in the small tree right at the roadway.  It was singing it’s heart out but I had to hunt to spot it.  Merlin suggested several types of sparrow, but I decided that it was a Song Sparrow, for obvious reasons.Buzzard'sBaysparrowI spent a good bit of time looking for this bird, and taking photos, and when I finally thought to look back at the canal and see if anything was going on I got a surprise.  This was what was going on…Buzzard'sBaysbigboatBuzzard'sBaysbigboat2Buzzard'sBaybigboat3Yes, of course it made it under the bridge, but I still had to watch and see for myself, in case it didn’t.  Nothing much seemed to be going on after that, and after taking a few more flower shots, including a butt shot for a friend of mine, it was time to move on.Buzzard'sBaybutt

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World’s End…

No, not a prediction, it’s a place.  A park actually.  It wasn’t what I expected as I looked at the map on the computer.  I was in Panera, located in a shopping plaza (Derby Street, Hingham, MA) with lots of shops that I’d have loved to visit, but I wondered if there were photo ops nearby.  World’s End Park showed up as an option.  I expected to park on a lot and take a few waterfront shots and be on my way.  But, as is often the case, I was wrong.into hewoodsI paid my $6 fee and the very nice Ranger told me that the entire figure-eight trail was about 3 miles long.  Be sure to take the right hand fork to see a nice ocean view, she said.  And then come back on the opposite trail to the highest point in the park with a view of the Boston skyline.  So I was going to have to work for it.  Plus I had planned another stop that afternoon so I limited my walk to the first loop in the figure eight.  I have to wonder what I missed in the other half of the park.  It would be worth another trip to find out. World'sendcoveWorld'sendcove2World'sendcove3oceansideYour views were mostly through the trees that lined the waterfront on the park side of the water.  So here are your ‘ocean views’, look way out beyond the road.oceanview2oceanviewAnd the Boston skyline.  I love Boston, maybe I ought to investigate taking the “T” in for a day of photo ops…Bostonskyline

I should mention that my computer issue was as simple as ‘dusting’ out the magnetic connection between the charging cord and the laptop.  It’s all fixed.  And another friend took the hint and dusted hers out and solved her own computer issue.  Always happy to help…

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Day 1 from The Pastures…

Getting the camper set up was not the cinchy part of this adventure. Contrary to what I had imagined. My cousin says that it’s because everything is new. The canvas will relax, she says. I hope she is right. And to level this thing on the lot there are wood blocks under the leveling jacks, plus this thing is the ‘extreme sports model’ so it has extra big tires too. All of this means that in order to put the awning out a ladder will have to be involved. And at least one tall cousin. My do-it-myself motto is out the window already.

But the birds were chirping this morning, and I love breathing cold air while I sleep, under nice warm covers of course. And sleep I did. There was a group out there watching the Bruins game last night and I thought I’d listen, but I have no clue what the score was. The coffee tastes pretty good this morning, my first morning as a camper….sun set from my doorway last night…