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May. 2nd, 2017 10:13 pm
lizziebelle: (artsy me)
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Beltane morning was cloudy and dreary, but it wasn't raining so I went to Cambridge to celebrate with the Morris dancers and friends. For some reason my phone didn't want to take pictures (I think it was too full of podcasts), and my camera doesn't take great pix in low light, so I didn't take too many photos. I did get a few of Justin and an anonymous fella, both dressed in cloaks and Green Man masks:

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I had wanted to go to Mount Auburn, but since it was chilly and cloudy, I decided instead to just go back home and take a nap.

In the afternoon, I walked down to the library to pick up a book they had on hold for me (Elizabeth Kostova's new one, SHADOW LAND). There were a lot of people and trucks around, due to the movie that's filming on Main Street this week. All I really know about it is that it (supposedly) stars David Spade, who may or may not have been there. His stunt double certainly was; one of the scenes they were shooting was him being thrown through the barber shop window. I didn't see anything happening, just a lot of people and cops hanging around in front of Vic's barber shop. I saw the catering truck down the street, and all the equipment trucks in the Elks Club parking lot. Today, most of it was gone.

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Exciting times in our little town. I'm more excited about the bagel shop that's opening soon.

Beltane!

May. 1st, 2015 06:29 pm
lizziebelle: (Giles hat)


Like the song says, I was up long before the day-o to sing & dance in the May at dawn, along with a bunch of other sleepy revelers. It was grey, but not raining (hurray). The Morris dancers, especially the kids, were great, as usual.

After our customary breakfast at S&S, a couple of us went over to Mount Auburn Cemetery to wander around and see what's in bloom. I never get tired of that place, especially in the spring.

Mount Auburn )

It was a lovely way to celebrate. Happy Beltane!
lizziebelle: (fox)
Slowly but surely, spring is breaking out in New England. We've even had some warm weather, though not for the past couple of days. But no snow! Some of my friends and relatives in NY and PA have gotten snow, but not us, knock wood.



spring! )

We are way behind where we usually are. We're not even close to having apple blossoms, and I remember years when I was afraid they wouldn't last until Beltane, which is this Friday. I'm planning to go to Mount Auburn after the traditional maypole and brunch, and I hope I get to see some flowers!

Beltane

May. 1st, 2013 06:39 pm
lizziebelle: (elvis stamp)

magnificent magnolia, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I actually woke up before my alarm this morning, which was set for 4 a.m. It was a beautiful morning to sing in the May! No clouds, golden sunrise, and good friends to welcome the season. We adjourned to S&S for breakfast after the greeting line with the Harvard ballroom dancers (it was so surreal to walk down the center of the line and hear dozens of people saying "Happy May" over and over). Quote of the morning goes to [livejournal.com profile] crustyduck, who said "You know you're getting old when the thing you look forward to most is breakfast at S&S." It was good fun, though; the Morris dancers are always fun to watch, especially the kids. There were so many of them! My favorite was the hoop dance, which ended in a really great spiral dance. We all clapped good and long for the kids.

After breakfast, a few of us headed over to Mount Auburn cemetery, which is full of wonderful flowers and greenery. I saw some woodruff just beginning to bloom, and Mayapple with buds! Perfect for this May morning. I found B.F Skinner's grave, but failed to find Bernard Malamud's, despite having a map in my hands. I also found some lovely Hathor heads on a monument; there are a lot of great Egyptian-influenced carvings there.

I eventually had enough of the sun and headed home for some lunch, and a nap. It was a lovely Beltane.

The iPhone had a good trial run: I took some pictures, which I have yet to figure out how to post to Flickr. I managed to post one to Facebook, though. It's been fun finding interesting apps (suggestions still appreciated!) and figuring things out. There's an HDR feature on the camera! I'll have to play with that, and the panorama as well.

Since the iPad and MacBook have names, should I name the iPhone?

glorious

Apr. 29th, 2013 09:03 pm
lizziebelle: (fox)

apple blossom time!, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

The wonderful spring weather is continuing, and I am loving it. This is my favorite time of year. I've been walking at lunch and after supper every day, watching the trees blossom and leaf out. It's such a relief after the long, hard winter we had.

In two days it will be Beltane, and I'm looking forward to the annual maypole-on-the-Charles in Harvard Square. How wonderful that I can just ask for the day off and get it, without any hassle! I hope it's not cloudy, so I can get some nice sunrise shots of the bridge.

My tax refund came (and quickly, too!), and I'm going to finally cave in and get an iPhone. I've wanted one since they came out, and Virgin has a decent monthly no-contract plan, which saves me over $1,000 even with the phone being more expensive to start. So yeah, I'm going to be one of those people snapping pix with my phone and posting them to Instagram and Facebook all the time. *g*

But seriously, I'm fascinated with iPhone-tography. I've seen some pretty amazing pix taken with them, and I have a little practice with apps from the iPad, so I should pick it up pretty quickly.

And then there's that cool TARDIS iPhone cover on Amazon, where I have a gift card just waiting to be spent...

Beltane!

May. 1st, 2010 04:05 pm
lizziebelle: (Default)

suggest, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

It's the first of May, and that means Beltane here in these parts. I decided not to go to the dawn maypole dance in Cambridge this year, because the logistics had me dizzy, and I really needed sleep. By the time I got up, they were all enjoying a nice breakfast at the S&S, I'm sure.

I went for an extra-long walk, from which I am still recovering. It's rather warm today, and sunny, and I was out for about four hours, so it took a lot out of me. But it gave me back so much more.

there's magic in the woods today )



I planted sweet peas in a few sunny spots, and found a wonderful place by the river to sit and contemplate while sitting on the moss. I came across a couple of young men who were stacking stones in the creekbed, and saw two of my doggy buddies out for a romp. Except for the bugs, it was perfect.

My hair is now pomegranate, because my usual haircolor seems to be no longer available. It's really red. I mean really. Also, I'd forgotten how awful permanent haircolor smells. Pew! It's Garnier, and it was on sale. We'll see how this works out.

I must now pack for the coven Beltane tonight, and either a walk in the Arboretum or church tomorrow, depending on the weather.

I hope you all have a fabulous day!

Beltane!

May. 1st, 2010 04:05 pm
lizziebelle: (Default)

suggest, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

It's the first of May, and that means Beltane here in these parts. I decided not to go to the dawn maypole dance in Cambridge this year, because the logistics had me dizzy, and I really needed sleep. By the time I got up, they were all enjoying a nice breakfast at the S&S, I'm sure.

I went for an extra-long walk, from which I am still recovering. It's rather warm today, and sunny, and I was out for about four hours, so it took a lot out of me. But it gave me back so much more.

there's magic in the woods today )



I planted sweet peas in a few sunny spots, and found a wonderful place by the river to sit and contemplate while sitting on the moss. I came across a couple of young men who were stacking stones in the creekbed, and saw two of my doggy buddies out for a romp. Except for the bugs, it was perfect.

My hair is now pomegranate, because my usual haircolor seems to be no longer available. It's really red. I mean really. Also, I'd forgotten how awful permanent haircolor smells. Pew! It's Garnier, and it was on sale. We'll see how this works out.

I must now pack for the coven Beltane tonight, and either a walk in the Arboretum or church tomorrow, depending on the weather.

I hope you all have a fabulous day!

lizziebelle: (Default)

party, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Since I needed to go to the Post Office this morning, I decided it was a good time to visit Amelia's Garden, which is around the corner from it. There were lots of tulips, crabapple & cherry trees, and even lilacs in bloom. Since I'm too lazy to do a whole 'nother post (and have a dozen things to do before I leave for Beltane festival), you can go see the post on my photo blog instead. *g*

On the way back, I stopped at the memorial park, where I found the above tulips. That's a post for another day. There was a man walking his dogs (a collie and a sheltie) so I got some doggie love, too. They were sweeties. We had collies when I was younger; they're such nice dogs.

Of course, right after I got home the sun came out, but that's OK. I had a nice walk, and time to get my grocery shopping and various other errands done.

I've decided to make a non-alcoholic version of the Beltane Punch, with a pomegranate twist. And strawberries were on sale! Yay, Beltane. :)

lizziebelle: (Default)

party, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Since I needed to go to the Post Office this morning, I decided it was a good time to visit Amelia's Garden, which is around the corner from it. There were lots of tulips, crabapple & cherry trees, and even lilacs in bloom. Since I'm too lazy to do a whole 'nother post (and have a dozen things to do before I leave for Beltane festival), you can go see the post on my photo blog instead. *g*

On the way back, I stopped at the memorial park, where I found the above tulips. That's a post for another day. There was a man walking his dogs (a collie and a sheltie) so I got some doggie love, too. They were sweeties. We had collies when I was younger; they're such nice dogs.

Of course, right after I got home the sun came out, but that's OK. I had a nice walk, and time to get my grocery shopping and various other errands done.

I've decided to make a non-alcoholic version of the Beltane Punch, with a pomegranate twist. And strawberries were on sale! Yay, Beltane. :)

Beltane!

May. 1st, 2009 05:38 pm
lizziebelle: (Default)

pose, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I was indeed up before the dawn this morning, where I greeted the May with a bunch of flower-garlanded lovelies on the banks of the Charles. It did not rain, and it was warmer than last year, so the overcast skies didn't dampen our spirits.

As you can see here, we found lilacs blooming! Our favorite magnolia tree was already way past its prime, so we took pix here instead. See the rest of the pix here.

As is tradition, we headed over to S&S for breakfast at seven. We've been going there for a lot of years, and they always expect us. This morning, however, the service was really not good, and the hostess' attitude was decidedly unfriendly. The waitress was fine, and we left her a decent tip, but will probably go elsewhere next year. Which is too bad, since their strawberry mimosas are delightful.

Since the sky was grey, and we felt a few raindrops, I declined to accompany "[livejournal.com profile] textiletart and [livejournal.com profile] ned_gasket to Mount Auburn to do flower and bird watching, and headed for home. I thank them for a lovely time last night, though! 'Twas fun.

Ooh, and happy new job day to [livejournal.com profile] spinningwheels! What an auspicious day to begin something new. :)

Happy Beltane!

Beltane!

May. 1st, 2009 05:38 pm
lizziebelle: (Default)

pose, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I was indeed up before the dawn this morning, where I greeted the May with a bunch of flower-garlanded lovelies on the banks of the Charles. It did not rain, and it was warmer than last year, so the overcast skies didn't dampen our spirits.

As you can see here, we found lilacs blooming! Our favorite magnolia tree was already way past its prime, so we took pix here instead. See the rest of the pix here.

As is tradition, we headed over to S&S for breakfast at seven. We've been going there for a lot of years, and they always expect us. This morning, however, the service was really not good, and the hostess' attitude was decidedly unfriendly. The waitress was fine, and we left her a decent tip, but will probably go elsewhere next year. Which is too bad, since their strawberry mimosas are delightful.

Since the sky was grey, and we felt a few raindrops, I declined to accompany "[livejournal.com profile] textiletart and [livejournal.com profile] ned_gasket to Mount Auburn to do flower and bird watching, and headed for home. I thank them for a lovely time last night, though! 'Twas fun.

Ooh, and happy new job day to [livejournal.com profile] spinningwheels! What an auspicious day to begin something new. :)

Happy Beltane!

Beltane!

Apr. 30th, 2009 04:22 pm
lizziebelle: (little me)

around we go, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

This is where I'll be at dawn tomorrow morning. I can't believe it's Beltane again already! Wow. That year went fast.

I'm off right after work to E.B., so I'll be offline until then. Have a fabulous Beltane Eve, and see you on the flipside!

Beltane!

Apr. 30th, 2009 04:22 pm
lizziebelle: (little me)

around we go, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

This is where I'll be at dawn tomorrow morning. I can't believe it's Beltane again already! Wow. That year went fast.

I'm off right after work to E.B., so I'll be offline until then. Have a fabulous Beltane Eve, and see you on the flipside!

lizziebelle: (because I'm bad)
I made it out of the house and to the covenstead without forgetting anything and without any disasters. Win!

The mushrooms turned out well. I could have cooked them a wee bit longer, but I don't like them mushy, and I didn't want to dry out the stuffing. The rest of the feast was delicious, as usual. Plus we had strawberry shortcake! With whipped cream! Yum.

We got to sing bawdy songs after the ritual because there were no kids there this year. Woo! We also sang "The Rattlin' Bog" all the way through, which is a very long song. It's in the tradition of "There's a hole in the bottom of the sea" and "The little old lady who swallowed a fly," with escalating verses that test your memory. A challenge when you've just drunk wine on an empty stomach. *g*

[livejournal.com profile] resourceress gave me the rest of season 2 of Torchwood. Woo hoo! Thank you! I shall have a marathon one of these days.

I decided to stay overnight, because with the way my luck's been going, I really didn't fancy being stranded on the Pike or locked out of my apartment in the middle of the night. Especially in the rain. I was awake at the crack of dawn, as usual, and since I couldn't get back to sleep I decided to head for home. Even with the rain, the trip was pretty quick; there's not a lot of traffic on a Sunday morning. I was home by 9:00. I hope the rest of you slept well!

I've had breakfast, and now I think I'll go back to bed.
lizziebelle: (because I'm bad)
I made it out of the house and to the covenstead without forgetting anything and without any disasters. Win!

The mushrooms turned out well. I could have cooked them a wee bit longer, but I don't like them mushy, and I didn't want to dry out the stuffing. The rest of the feast was delicious, as usual. Plus we had strawberry shortcake! With whipped cream! Yum.

We got to sing bawdy songs after the ritual because there were no kids there this year. Woo! We also sang "The Rattlin' Bog" all the way through, which is a very long song. It's in the tradition of "There's a hole in the bottom of the sea" and "The little old lady who swallowed a fly," with escalating verses that test your memory. A challenge when you've just drunk wine on an empty stomach. *g*

[livejournal.com profile] resourceress gave me the rest of season 2 of Torchwood. Woo hoo! Thank you! I shall have a marathon one of these days.

I decided to stay overnight, because with the way my luck's been going, I really didn't fancy being stranded on the Pike or locked out of my apartment in the middle of the night. Especially in the rain. I was awake at the crack of dawn, as usual, and since I couldn't get back to sleep I decided to head for home. Even with the rain, the trip was pretty quick; there's not a lot of traffic on a Sunday morning. I was home by 9:00. I hope the rest of you slept well!

I've had breakfast, and now I think I'll go back to bed.
lizziebelle: (rocks fall)
I was awakened this morning by a ringing sound. It sounded a bit like an old-fashioned phone ring, coming from the vicinity of my handbag. It turned out to be my cell phone alarm, which I *know* I didn't set (never have), and I'm certain that I left it key-locked, which it wasn't this morning. *doo doo doo doo*

I must have gremlins, or perhaps pixies, who decided when I should get up this morning. Perhaps they were bored, or concerned because I wasn't up at the crack of dawn like I usually am.

At least I slept until 9:00, which is quite late for me. And my phone did need recharging, which I noticed when I turned off the alarm.

But still, weird.

I think I'll leave out a bit of scotch for them, just in case. *g*

*****

I'm bumming because [livejournal.com profile] perseph12 was supposed to come to the coven Beltane with me tonight, but it turns out she has to work. I'm sure I'm not half as bummed as she is, though. :(

I'm going to attempt to make oyster stuffed mushrooms for the feast. I have a packet of smoked oysters that I got from the closeout shelf at the store, and it has the recipe on the back. It sounded yummy, and fairly simple, and, you know, oysters... quite appropriate for Beltane! I've never attempted to make stuffed mushrooms before, so this should be an adventure. I do love me some good fungus.

*****

I was hoping to get down to Stanley Park this weekend to check out the progress of the forest garden, but it's quite grey and drizzly out there, and expected to stay so. There's going to be a nature walk there on the 18th; if anyone's interested, I can send you the details. Should be fun!

I suppose, since I'm pretty much stuck inside, that I should get some stuff done around the apartment instead. :P
lizziebelle: (rocks fall)
I was awakened this morning by a ringing sound. It sounded a bit like an old-fashioned phone ring, coming from the vicinity of my handbag. It turned out to be my cell phone alarm, which I *know* I didn't set (never have), and I'm certain that I left it key-locked, which it wasn't this morning. *doo doo doo doo*

I must have gremlins, or perhaps pixies, who decided when I should get up this morning. Perhaps they were bored, or concerned because I wasn't up at the crack of dawn like I usually am.

At least I slept until 9:00, which is quite late for me. And my phone did need recharging, which I noticed when I turned off the alarm.

But still, weird.

I think I'll leave out a bit of scotch for them, just in case. *g*

*****

I'm bumming because [livejournal.com profile] perseph12 was supposed to come to the coven Beltane with me tonight, but it turns out she has to work. I'm sure I'm not half as bummed as she is, though. :(

I'm going to attempt to make oyster stuffed mushrooms for the feast. I have a packet of smoked oysters that I got from the closeout shelf at the store, and it has the recipe on the back. It sounded yummy, and fairly simple, and, you know, oysters... quite appropriate for Beltane! I've never attempted to make stuffed mushrooms before, so this should be an adventure. I do love me some good fungus.

*****

I was hoping to get down to Stanley Park this weekend to check out the progress of the forest garden, but it's quite grey and drizzly out there, and expected to stay so. There's going to be a nature walk there on the 18th; if anyone's interested, I can send you the details. Should be fun!

I suppose, since I'm pretty much stuck inside, that I should get some stuff done around the apartment instead. :P
lizziebelle: (Giles hat)

Walter & Justin
Originally uploaded by LizzieBelle Too.
After a nap and some food, I'm feeling human enough to post my pix from this morning. Here is Evil Uncle Walter and his son, Justin, in their festive masks, veeerrrrrry early this morning.

pictures! )

In addition to the festivities this morning, I had a fabulous time yesterday evening in East Bridgewater, where [livejournal.com profile] ami_1 prepared a delicious supper, including grilled chicken, and [livejournal.com profile] spinningwheels made pomegranate cosmos. It was wonderful to sit and chat! It's been ages since I've had the chance to catch up with everyone there.

It was so much better than being at work today!

Here's one more, of the footbridge over the Charles River:

serene

Happy Beltane!
lizziebelle: (Giles hat)

Walter & Justin
Originally uploaded by LizzieBelle Too.
After a nap and some food, I'm feeling human enough to post my pix from this morning. Here is Evil Uncle Walter and his son, Justin, in their festive masks, veeerrrrrry early this morning.

pictures! )

In addition to the festivities this morning, I had a fabulous time yesterday evening in East Bridgewater, where [livejournal.com profile] ami_1 prepared a delicious supper, including grilled chicken, and [livejournal.com profile] spinningwheels made pomegranate cosmos. It was wonderful to sit and chat! It's been ages since I've had the chance to catch up with everyone there.

It was so much better than being at work today!

Here's one more, of the footbridge over the Charles River:

serene

Happy Beltane!
lizziebelle: (Default)
Was up before the dawn. Sang and huddled for warmth with good friends. Had French toast at the S&S. Stayed awake for the drive home. Crash now.

There will be pictures later.

Zzzzzzzzzzzzz...

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