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  • 2014/04/16 - April Surprise
    We all know not to trust the calendar and make the assumption that a few warm days mean that Spring has finally arrived.
    It was damn cold this morning! It never really got much above 40 all day

    I have started tomato seedlings but they will remain indoors well into May.



     

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  • 2014/04/16 - April Surprise We all know not to trust the calendar and make the assumption that a few warm days mean that Spring has finally arrived.It was damn cold this morning! It ...
    Posted by John Poltrack
  • 2014/04/15 - #SpringFeverTuesday with Hellebores Shop at Amazon for your garden suppliesOne of the first spring flowers I see in the the garden are the Hellebores, commonly called the "Lenten Rose " or "Christmas Rose ...
    Posted Apr 15, 2014, 5:27 AM by John Poltrack
  • 2014/04/14 - Alien life form found in my garden! Shop at Amazon for your garden suppliesOkay it is not an alien, but it does look like something from another worldThis is the flower of the Japanese Butterbur ...
    Posted Apr 14, 2014, 4:34 PM by John Poltrack
  • 2014/04/13 - An "Egg" for #SculptureSunday Learn about sculpture on Amazon In June of 2010 I went on a tour of gardens in Peterborough. This sculpture was commissioned especially for the tour by artist Mark Ragonese ...
    Posted Apr 13, 2014, 6:54 AM by John Poltrack
  • 2014/04/12 - What do you see? When I was a kid, I used to like those drawings that would have embedded animal shapes in the branches of trees.When I looked at this photo, I saw ...
    Posted Apr 12, 2014, 3:18 AM by John Poltrack
  • 2014/04/11 - Crocus for #FloraFriday Read about photographing flowers on Amazon#FloralFriday is one of my favorite photo themes. Flowers come in such a variety of colors and forms.Because I have had the opportunity ...
    Posted Apr 11, 2014, 5:12 PM by John Poltrack
  • 2014/04/10 - Smithville Schoolhouse (Then and Now) After seeing wonderful archival photos being posted on the Life in New Ipswich Facebook Group, I decided to try an experiment.This photo is an composite of an old postcard ...
    Posted Apr 10, 2014, 5:38 AM by John Poltrack
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2014/04/16 - April Surprise

posted by John Poltrack

We all know not to trust the calendar and make the assumption that a few warm days mean that Spring has finally arrived.
It was damn cold this morning! It never really got much above 40 all day

I have started tomato seedlings but they will remain indoors well into May.



 

Life In New Ipswich


2014/04/15 - #SpringFeverTuesday with Hellebores

posted Apr 15, 2014, 5:26 AM by John Poltrack   [ updated Apr 15, 2014, 5:27 AM ]

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One of the first spring flowers I see in the the garden are the Hellebores, commonly called the "Lenten Rose " or "Christmas Rose"
although it nothing in common with the rose. It is in the same family as the Buttercup.

I was a bit concerned about these plant. I had purchased several new varieties last May and they were not fully established.
To my delight they seem to have survived this brutal winter.

I have located my Hellebores in mostly shaded location. The plants are toxic and will not be damaged by deer.
After flowering they have attractive dark green foliage that lasts well into the fall.

I purchased my plants from my friends at Mason Hollow Nursery, pay them a visit and check out their selection.


Flowers


2014/04/14 - Alien life form found in my garden!

posted Apr 14, 2014, 4:32 PM by John Poltrack   [ updated Apr 14, 2014, 4:34 PM ]

Shop at Amazon for your garden supplies

Okay it is not an alien, but it does look like something from another world

This is the flower of the Japanese Butterbur which pops out of the ground in early spring. It is native to Japan and is edible, although I get nervous whenever I read of cumulative damage to the liver and tumor formation caused by some of its constituents.

Later the leaves will emerge. They are impressively large. I will post more photos at that time.

A nice treat for the insects, since this is one of the first flowers to emerge



Flowers


2014/04/13 - An "Egg" for #SculptureSunday

posted Apr 13, 2014, 6:48 AM by John Poltrack   [ updated Apr 13, 2014, 6:54 AM ]

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In June of 2010 I went on a tour of gardens in Peterborough. This sculpture was commissioned especially for the tour by artist Mark Ragonese.


Sculpture Details

"This installation was commissioned by David Baum and Terry Reeves of Peterboro,NH. 

It was designed to work with the existing landscape of a tall pine allee. A bower is a private place constructed to give refuge and isolation. 

The woven structure intimates home,comfort, safety. The large stack of stones inside have a grounded stillness but are are merely balanced. The interior and exterior invite reflection about privacy, security, and the precarious balance required for stillness."


The Blog of the Lord

Sculpture


2014/04/12 - What do you see?

posted Apr 12, 2014, 3:18 AM by John Poltrack

When I was a kid, I used to like those drawings that would have embedded animal shapes in the branches of trees.
When I looked at this photo, I saw several animal faces, I'm curious what you might see.

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2014/04/11 - Crocus for #FloraFriday

posted Apr 11, 2014, 3:56 AM by John Poltrack   [ updated Apr 11, 2014, 5:12 PM ]

  • #FloralFriday is one of my favorite photo themes. Flowers come in such a variety of colors and forms.
    Because I have had the opportunity to take some recent photos, I dug into the archives for this shot.
  • Happy Spring!

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Flowers


2014/04/10 - Smithville Schoolhouse (Then and Now)

posted Apr 10, 2014, 4:07 AM by John Poltrack   [ updated Apr 10, 2014, 5:38 AM ]

After seeing wonderful archival photos being posted on the Life in New Ipswich Facebook Group, I decided to try an experiment.
This photo is an composite of an old postcard of Schoolhouse 6 in Smithville with the current residence (taken 4/9/2014).


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Historic New Ipswich


2014/04/08 Tuesday with "Simon's Cat"

posted Apr 8, 2014, 3:50 AM by John Poltrack   [ updated Apr 9, 2014, 1:28 PM ]

Readers of my Musings blog know that I have been posting videos created by Simon Tofield, an English animator who owns (or is being owned) by not one but four cats, Jess, Maisy, Teddy and Hugh.

These are delightful and a great way to start the day.



We are very aware of this behavior


Kitten in a box



2014/04/07 Monday and "Daley's Reel"

posted Apr 7, 2014, 6:02 PM by John Poltrack

I was clever enough to bring along a portable digital recorder to the monthly bluegrass jam held at Dunn State Park in Gardner Mass. I spent this morning figuring out how to use Audacity (a free sound editor) to extract this tune from 3 hours of recordings. 

These jams are strictly acoustic events with at most an amplifier for the bass or maybe a single mike. Not well suited for a small hand held recorder. I was having fun playing along so the recorder was parked on a table. I think I got lucky here when Bruce Pacheco (guitar) and Pam Harris (banjo) broke into this great instrumental of Daley's Reel, a tune so old that Edison had made a recording of it.

I spent this evening figuring out how to put this onto a slide show. The photos were taken from several music jams in both Gardner, Massachusetts and Temple, NH.


If it appears we are having fun, we are and another jam is planned for this Sunday

Temple Town Hall Jam

Here’s your invitation to the April jam.  Hang it on the fridge door so you don’t forget!

 

Monadnock Mountain Music Jaffrey (MMMJ) and the Temple Rec. Comm. are holding the April Jam this Sunday April 13th, and we hope that we’ll see you there!  Details follow:

 

What: Music Jam with Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Traditional music.

 

When: Sunday, April 13th, 2014, from 3:00 to 6:00 PM

 

Where: Temple Town Hall, Temple, NH, on Rte 45 in the center of the town.

 

Who:  You and any friends who are interested in traditional acoustic music, or just curious about what goes on at a jam.  Bring some tunes to share, take the lead, play a quiet backup, or sit in the back row, all are good times!

 

Come, bring your instrument(s), voice, interest, music & equipment, and a friend if you wish.


2014/04/06 Sunday

posted Apr 6, 2014, 4:39 PM by John Poltrack


Finally some spring-like weather! 
Getting strawberry beds ready. However today also marked the monthly bluegrass jam in Gardner, Mass.
There will be more about that once I learn how to edit audio files.

There are several daily Sunday themes, but I will limit them to #RustySunday and #DoorSunday.

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