Colstfoot, bright and brave

We are already a good two or three weeks into spring here in southern New England, and like most springs, the weather has swung widely back and forth between frost and snow and warm weather, so warm, in fact, that on one 75 degree day my younger son went swimming in the lake with hisContinue reading “Colstfoot, bright and brave”

Signs of change (red osier)

Looking back over the last month or so, I realize I saw the first fragile signs of the coronavirus pandemic receding in, of all places, the grocery store. For the last year, grocery trips have been pretty stark: one person per family, and as few trips as possible.  If we see a friend or acquaintance,Continue reading “Signs of change (red osier)”

Mixed blessings (goldenrods and ragweed)

Today I am enjoying our summer-like weather in early fall, lying on my hammock under a brilliant blue sky, listening to the wind blow through the trees. Yes, that same wind does periodically drop leaves from the honey locust in our backyard right into my coffee cup, and yes, the leaves on the maple treeContinue reading “Mixed blessings (goldenrods and ragweed)”

The beauty before us: Blackberries and queen anne’s lace

I spent a lot of my summer vacation days outside as a kid.  We didn’t have cable TV, and with only three stations coming in clearly, television didn’t offer much distraction.  Our Atari game system was good for hours of entertainment, shooting aliens, avoiding meteors, frog-jumping over cars on a highway… (children of the 70’sContinue reading “The beauty before us: Blackberries and queen anne’s lace”