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Field Trip in April: Tip Top Tulips!

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Field Trip in April:  Tip Top Tulips!

Spring moves pretty slowly in New England, but it really is here, and with it comes the flowers. Blue skies may be fickle and fleeting, but you can tell everything is coming back to life. It’s so exciting. This month, I went on a field trip (two, actually) to Tip Top Tulips in Ipswich, MA, a place where you can ‘tip-toe through the tulips’ and pick your own bouquet!

I was pretty excited to discover this place. Tip Top Tulips is new this year and has two fields. There is a small field with no entry fee where tulips are $1 a stem. You can keep the bulbs if they come up when you pick the flowers or not–your choice. They may not grow next year, but I kept ours. We’ll put them in the garden in the fall and see what happens.

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The small tulip field just after it opened.

My kids and I checked this out last week. It was a fun way to pick a bouquet. I gave each of them a budget and turned them loose. The farmers were very helpful and friendly, and we had a great time.

There is also a large tulip field in a different part of Ipswich where admission is $10. Tickets can be purchased on their website. Tulips are also $1 per stem here and you can keep the bulbs if you like.

On Thursday, I went back with a friend to check out the large field. We spent over an hour walking through trying to pick out our favorite flowers.

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Thanks to the cloudy day, we had the whole field to ourselves a good part of the time. The misty skies were really beautiful.

My plans to only pick five dissolved and I came away with twice as many.

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I even wore the wooden shoes my parents got me on a visit to the Netherlands when I was a child. They were awesome and still fit! My feet stayed dry and they were easy to walk around the field in.
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There were some really interesting tulip varieties.

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Field Trip in April:  Tip Top Tulips!

My friend and I had a great time. We sort of forgot to catch up because we spent all of our time exclaiming over the tulips. It was such a nice pick-me-up during COVID, you know? I’m not sure how long they will be open, but if you are near Ipswich and you like tulips, it’s a fun outdoor activity, whether you choose the large or small field.

Sounds like there are plans for a sunflower field in August and a dahlia field in the fall. Fun!

Outside in February

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It’s been a winter wonderland out there this month! I got out a few times and captured some of the gorgeous snow and even a few pictures of birds eating out of my hand! It was amazing! Have a look.

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Look at this little Black Capped Chickadee! Isn’t it cute?
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Here’s a Red-Breasted Nuthatch. Feel free to correct me in the comments if I have my bird names wrong. 🙂

We fed a Tufted Titmouse as well, but it was so shy, that I never got any pictures. That’s a bird, by the way, and not a mouse, although we did see a mouse.

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Look at the ice patterns on our windshield after we had a freeze one night!
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Outside Discoveries, January

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This month, I have not gotten outside quite as much. However, while today’s pictures aren’t necessarily my favorites aesthetically, they show some of the fun discoveries I made when I did get outside.

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Weathered stripes on an old tree
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Footprints of birds
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Racoon prints (I think)
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Deer prints

And look what I found while walking along a wooded path…

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A Christmas tree in the woods! And not just one…

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Two! This little one made me think of a Charlie Brown Christmas tree. 🙂

And lastly, this soft and beautiful moss with snow on it.

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I hope you get a chance to get outside and look for little surprises and bits of beauty too!

Outside in November

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I love, love, love bright and vibrant colors, but I have to say–I find this fall palette that nature puts on to be so beautiful. Even among the brown grasses and leaves on gray days, there is so much variation and beauty. But don’t worry–there are still a few sunny and bright pictures in here, too. Enjoy!

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Outside in May

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I hope you’re ready for another mostly flower-filled post!  May is so beautiful around here–all the plants are waking up and it’s not usually super cold any more.  It’s interesting to me to look back and see the flowers I photographed at the beginning of the month, which are gone now, replaced by new and different blooms.  Enjoy!

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Outside in April: Spring Flower Edition!

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It’s time for a spring flower edition of the Outside series.  My family members and I have been trying to spot as many different flowers as possible on our walks and I’ve been taking pictures of them.

Before we get started, though, I wanted to say that I have noticed a shift in my sewing and blogging since the summer.  The schedule change and vacation time this past summer changed how I was sewing from a pretty regular practice to one that now happens in small and large blocks of time.  In short, I’m not sewing quite as much, and I find that my mindset has shifted from using the blog to record my projects and add to the online sewing community with pattern reviews, etc. to making sure I have blog material.  I think that’s backwards.  The point of my blog, and the point of my blog being intentionally a hobby activity (rather than trying to monetize it) is that it is in service to my sewing and not the other way around.  So, I still plan to blog my projects, but I’ll post if I have a project done and photographed.  There may be a few missed weeks, but that will give me the flexibility to take a little longer on regular projects and sew projects I don’t bring to the blog, like undergarments.  I’m sure most people don’t notice that I always publish a post at 8:00 AM Eastern Standard Time on Fridays, so I’m writing this more for myself than anyone else.  I need to loosen up the routine I’ve created in order to give myself a little more creative freedom.  I’ve resisted doing that for fear I’ll let the blog slide, but I think it’s what is right for my sewing practice.  Anyway…now that I have that off my chest, let’s get on to some spring pictures of flowers.  We can all use a little beauty in our lives, right?

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Looking down at these grape hyacinths from above, I noticed that their little flowers create a sort of spiral!

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I would love to see (or wear) a dress inspired by these cherry blossoms.

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I’m so glad it’s spring!

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Here are some pictures from earlier this month–the last official dregs of winter.  This season usually holds on with an iron grip as hard as the frozen ground in New England.  It tries to last as long as possible, but this winter wasn’t as cold and snowy as usual, so I have hope for some kind of spring if we’re lucky this year.  Take heart–spring really is coming…and there is hope.

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I love the aqua color of that boat (third from the left).

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This picture (above) makes me feel like I’ve found a secret cove.  It wasn’t really secret, but I like that it gives me that feeling.

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A Day Late and a Dollar Short: Outside in February

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After missing a few weeks of posts, it’s time to get back to it.  We’ve had school vacation, family visiting, and, what held me up most of all, a complicated project that took forever to finish.  I could have kicked myself earlier this week when I realized that last week’s post was meant to be a photography post and I actually had pictures for it.  So, since I missed that post and my latest project isn’t photographed yet, I’m sharing February’s outside pictures this first Friday of March.  It’s interesting to see the many colors (neutral colors, but colors nonetheless) in winter.  Hopefully next week I’ll have a sewing post for you.

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I managed to get my camera between this marsh grass and the ice on top of it to get this picture (above).  It’s interesting to imagine the whole world that exists between the mud beneath the grass and the ice above it.

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Have a good weekend!