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Outside in October

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Outside in October

This was a month filled with beautiful colors, rain, and sun. Here’s a little of what I saw. Enjoy!

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Can you spot who I saw on my walk?

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Those colors are so saturated! It’s hard to believe it was real, but there’s no filter here!

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Outside in July, August, and September

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Outside in July, August, and September

It’s photography time! Here are a few of my favorite pictures from the last three months.

July

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August

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White Mountains, New Hampshire

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Beach Plums

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Moon Snail

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Tendercrop Farm, Newbury, Massachusetts

Have a great weekend!

Outside in May and June

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Outside in May and June

Despite a hefty backlog of projects awaiting their time to shine on the blog, I think we should pause and look at some pretty pictures of flowers. How can we say good-bye to spring without doing that? Here are some photos of the outside in May and June.

May

Looking at these from the end of June makes me realize how much changes from the beginning of May until now. May is a flower explosion around here, which is very welcome after the long, grey winter.

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Outside in May and June

June

June had some surprises in store. Look what I found in our fenced-in garden.

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Outside in May and June
I must have walked by their little nest for a week or two before even realizing they were there!
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They were probably only four inches long with little inch-tall ears. The cuteness was extreme, and I really wanted to hold one, but of course, I didn’t. I gave them their space. And one day, they all managed to find their way out of the garden and into the big, wide world.
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I saw this little guy on a walk.
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Happy weekend and hello, Summer!

Outside in…the Last Six Months

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Outside in…the Last Six Months

Yikes! It’s been six months since my last outside photo post! What happened?!

Let’s play a little catch-up, and look at some of my favorite outside photos of the past six months. (And if you want to see last October’s, it’s actually a “Field Trip” post.)

Here’s November of 2021 through April of 2022. Enjoy!

November

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December

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January

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March

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Field Trip: Dogtown Commons in Gloucester, Massachusetts

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Field Trip:  Dogtown Commons in Gloucester, Massachusetts

This month’s outside photography post is coming to you a little earlier than usual because…I still don’t have pictures of my latest sewing project. Sigh. Due to various factors, the pants have needed a few repairs already, and that’s held things up. Hopefully all will be ready soon! I do, however, have pictures of an interesting hike I went on with my family recently.

The North Shore of Massachusetts is filled with all sorts of cool nooks and crannies where you can hike, walk, and explore. Each town has spaces large and small, and it’s easy to live in the area for a long time and still find new places you have never seen. Last weekend, my family and I decided to check out Dogtown in Gloucester.

Dogtown, originally known as The Commons and founded in 1693, was once an inland settlement in Gloucester. The story is that since many of the women who lived there kept dogs around for protection while their husbands were off fighting in the Revolutionary War, the settlement became known as Dogtown. Over time, residents moved more toward the coast and, eventually, Dogtown was abandoned. The woods grew up where the settlement had been, and now it is filled with trails, both wide and narrow, that you can explore. You can still find numbered cellar holes from the old houses, as well as about three dozen rocks that were carved with various sayings during the Great Depression. These rocks, today known as Babson Boulders, were commissioned by Roger Babson, founder of Babson College, in order to provide work for Finnish quarry workers who needed income during the Great Depression. (All this information comes from the Essex National Heritage Area website. Read more here.)

We wanted to stick to some easier trails and check out some of the carved rocks, so we chose to walk Dogtown Road and the Babson Boulder Trail (you can find some trail maps on the Historic Ipswich website here). Dogtown Road is a broad, unpaved road that is easy to walk. We completely missed the initial turn for the Babson Boulder Trail, but since our route was a big loop, it didn’t really matter–we just did the walk in the opposite direction of what we had planned. This turned out to be a great thing because after walking awhile through beautiful woods, it became a treasure hunt as we started to spot some of the carved rocks. Once we turned onto the Babson Boulder Trail near Dogtown Square, the path became a more narrow woods path, rather than a wide road.

Field Trip:  Dogtown Commons in Gloucester, Massachusetts
Field Trip:  Dogtown Commons in Gloucester, Massachusetts
Field Trip:  Dogtown Commons in Gloucester, Massachusetts
Field Trip:  Dogtown Commons in Gloucester, Massachusetts
Field Trip:  Dogtown Commons in Gloucester, Massachusetts
Field Trip:  Dogtown Commons in Gloucester, Massachusetts
Field Trip:  Dogtown Commons in Gloucester, Massachusetts
Field Trip:  Dogtown Commons in Gloucester, Massachusetts
Field Trip:  Dogtown Commons in Gloucester, Massachusetts
Field Trip:  Dogtown Commons in Gloucester, Massachusetts
Field Trip:  Dogtown Commons in Gloucester, Massachusetts
Field Trip:  Dogtown Commons in Gloucester, Massachusetts

We found about a dozen of the rocks, including a few that didn’t really have sayings, so much, but were still fun to find (Moraine, D.T. Sq., and To Rockport, which I don’t have a good picture of).

Field Trip:  Dogtown Commons in Gloucester, Massachusetts
Field Trip:  Dogtown Commons in Gloucester, Massachusetts

We also decided to see if we could find mushrooms in every color of the rainbow, and we almost managed it! We found them in every color except blue, although our purple one looks a little blue in these pictures.

Field Trip:  Dogtown Commons in Gloucester, Massachusetts
Field Trip:  Dogtown Commons in Gloucester, Massachusetts
Field Trip:  Dogtown Commons in Gloucester, Massachusetts
Field Trip:  Dogtown Commons in Gloucester, Massachusetts
Field Trip:  Dogtown Commons in Gloucester, Massachusetts
Field Trip:  Dogtown Commons in Gloucester, Massachusetts
Field Trip:  Dogtown Commons in Gloucester, Massachusetts
Field Trip:  Dogtown Commons in Gloucester, Massachusetts
Field Trip:  Dogtown Commons in Gloucester, Massachusetts
Field Trip:  Dogtown Commons in Gloucester, Massachusetts
Field Trip:  Dogtown Commons in Gloucester, Massachusetts

It was a beautiful walk, but it did take a little longer than we had anticipated. We’re not the fastest walkers, but my husband had estimated it would take us about 40 minutes. It was more like two hours. Oops. I thought it was fun, but we did get a little hangry by the end, and it was a bit long for the kids, even though it wasn’t hard walking. No regrets on going, though! And I would definitely explore more in that area. There were a lot of Babson Boulders we never found, and we didn’t really try to find the numbered cellar holes, although we passed a few, so there’s always that, too.

If you decide to check out Dogtown, make sure to bring a map and maybe a compass–there’s lots to explore.

Outside in September

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Outside in September

I can’t believe it’s already the end of September! I’m both really sad to see summer go (warm weather! fun outdoor adventures!), but am also excited for the cooler weather of fall and all the beauty of the changing leaves. Summer is dreamy in this part of Massachusetts, but fall seems to have been tailor-made for New England. Here are some pictures of the last bits and pieces of summer. Enjoy!

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Are you familiar with foxglove AKA spotted touch-me-not? It’s a really beautiful plant. The “touch-me-not” part of its common name comes from the seed pods. You can see one on the left–it’s green and skinny. If you squeeze one lightly, it springs open, shooting the seeds out! It doesn’t shoot them out hard enough to hurt, just to scatter them around. Check it out.

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There are three little seeds, although I don’t know if that’s always the case. The seed pod goes from straight, to all curled up after springing open. Here’s one more picture with the different sides of the seed pod separated out.

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See the little curly-q’s? Isn’t that interesting?

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The shape of these goldenrod buds is so cool! I keep stopping to look at them!

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Sometimes I like pictures with a clear focal point, but sometimes I like pictures that present a sort of overall design, a lot like fabric does.
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Here’s another “all over” design.
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I really hope you had a good summer. I’ll be back soon, hopefully, to share my last summer sewing projects with you–I managed to squeeze a few in. They were so much fun to make–and even more fun to wear!

Outside in May

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Outside in May

Hi, everyone! It’s warming up here, and the flowers are really out, so this edition of “Outside in May” is, unsurprisingly, mostly flowers! I’m so happy to see them coming back. Sit back and enjoy some pictures of the great outdoors.

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This picture of a robin’s nest is by a guest photographer! (my husband)
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Can you spot what I missed when I went to smell these flowers?
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Look closer… This moth is so well-camouflaged! It didn’t seem to mind that I was smelling the flowers it was sitting on. Black Locust Tree flowers smell AMAZING.
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Happy May! See you next month!

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.
Field Trip in April:  Tip Top Tulips!

There were some really interesting tulip varieties.

Field Trip in April:  Tip Top Tulips!
Field Trip in April:  Tip Top Tulips!
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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Outside in February

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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Outside Discoveries, January

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!