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It’s a good thing we squirreled away some extra nuts for this hopefully, last Nor’easter of the season!  It’s just plain nasty out there.  Be safe everyone.

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It’s Christmas Prelude here this week and next, and for the first time in ten years, I won’t be peddling my wares… doctors orders 😦 but, last night a dear friend and I wouldn’t miss the tree lighting and caroling to kick off Prelude season. What a fabulous turn out and lovely celebration of the season… the only thing missing was the white stuff.  But you won’t hear me complaining! 🙂  Will you look at all those smart phones snapping away.

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Just got back from the farm… whew, it just never stops!  As sad as this day is to me, I’m very grateful for the returns this season… it’s been an outstanding growing season!  And even though I’m trying to get it all buttoned up, it just keeps on growing 🙂  I harvested kale, chard, spinach, beets, carrots, purple top turnips, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and even more salad greens.  I took down the two hoop houses… and mulched the new garlic beds… emptied the cisterns… spread the cow, chicken and llama manure.. and now officially pooped! Thyme now for a cup of herbal tea. 🙂

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Our Spring may have gotten off to a slow start, but we’re being rewarded with all this late bounty.  The birds are loving the sunflower seeded heads.. which will save me time and money buying seed in the Spring, from their droppage.

The cobae vine is still a joy to see hanging on to the arbor, along with a few more stoic sunflowers and calendula blossoms.  I’ll have enough sage to stuff a thousand turkeys, and will no doubt be eating kale and chard all winter long!

Forecasters are calling for a super night for all the little goblins weather wise, so do be careful driving, Monday night. Happy Autumn & Halloweenie and have a super weekend, everyone!

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Oh yeah… and if that Buffalo Bills fan is reading this… A case of tissue was shipped via UPS first thing this morn.  NO doubt you’ll need them with all the weeping that will be going on Sunday.  Goooooo Pats!!!  LOL

 

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The sun was warm but the wind was chill. You know how it is with an April day… anything’s possible, and as a New Englander, I know, not to count on anything, but then hope steps up to bat, assuring me that warmer, and brighter days are just around the corner.

Mother nature decided to envelope us with our final dusting of the white stuff this week, just as I got my peas, beets and spinach sown in the garden. But the nicest part of an April snow here, is that it doesn’t last for too long, and as it melts away, the pain of it’s arrival will then naturally irrigate the newly seeded beds.

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Spring snow is a confusing time for many of us. Do we go backward, forward, or simple stand still, and wait it out?  For me?  I walked it off instead. I walked so much, my Fitbit was begging me to stop!  But walking is good for the soul, and it gave me the chance to think about much, and take in the beautiful sights surrounding me, reminding me of all the things I love about early Spring.  I spotted the return of our Eastern phoebes perched on the new buds of the raspberry brambles, in the estuaries.. I took in the early activity in the tidal pools, that are ever changing, with each ebb and flow regardless of what the season may be, coming alive, and saw the magenta petals reminding me that yes, the croccus do always come up, along with the lovely profusion of the pussy willows that I gladly snipped to bring indoors.

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“The flowers of late winter and early spring occupy places in our hearts, well out of proportion to their size.”

I found this quote to be so true. I will admire the tulips, forsythia and daffodils that will arrive later, but there is an unparalled, spirit-lifting joy that comes with first sight of the tiniest and earliest blooms by far. And the  pussy willow is the one that tells the rest of the world and all the other flora, & trees and bushes it’s time to wake up.

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What an awesome opening day for the Red Sox it was (albeit a day late getting started, due to the weather) And Big Papi slammed his first HR for the season! Price, Mook.. All in all, a great opening day at the ballpark. Ayup! I’m a huge fan.

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Finally, it’s nearly Spring. I’m saying this with fingers crosses because all of us New Englanders know so well, we can ‘march’ our way right into Spring or take an about face into Winter for another storm or two.. ( or more!) Just when we thought winter was over, Mother Nature has decided that instead of seeing the croccus popping out of the ground on the first day of Spring, she is going to deliver to us a first day of Spring Nor’easter with accumulations of up to a foot in our neck of the woods.

Though the calendar may say spring, on Sunday.. winter won’t be going away quietly for certain.  But the nice part of a spring Nor’easter is that whatever amount of inches of the white stuff we get, it won’t stick around for very long… and may prove to be a nice blanket for the peas I’ve just set. Unlike last winter, I’m back on schedule in the garden this season and for me that means getting the peas into the ground on St Paddy’s day!  As I went about my task I could see the first signs of the season. Only a few spotty patches of snow remained and though muddy, green pastures surrounded me, while last Autumn’s leaves blew aimlessly across the fields. The grapevines and elderberries buds are already plumping up! The tulips, croccus and daffodils are already poking their heads out of the ground and the fall beds of garlic coming along nicely. I’m glad I decided to leave the salt marsh hay over them for another week, with the impending forecast moving in on us.  Once the garden was squared away, my dear friend Bill suggested we head to the local Irish tavern to celebrate the day and fill up on corned beef and cabbage dinner, before we headed to the beach.

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Yesterday was a great day here for spring beachcombing. Sunny, bright blue skies and balmy, for this time of year.. 62 degrees. The tides were out and we found ourselves not wanting to come off the beach after our walk. I saw more people on the beach than I had all winter. The harbor seals could be seen playing in the chilly waters at the end of the the channel. The quohog beds were plentiful and from the looks of it, the gulls had a feast fit for a king. Ayup.. shades of spring are clearly on the way… and the Red Sox opening day, just a couple of weeks away!

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Only 33 more days til Spring!

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