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lizziebelle: (crow)
Not a lot has been happening around here lately. The weather has been pretty dismal, with lots of rain and grey, broody skies. This does not help my feeling of being overwhelmed by the world. I do try to get out of the house every day, but some days I fail at even that.

I did make it to the wildlife sanctuary last week, where I found lots of lovely pink lady's slipper orchids (though not nearly as many as I should have; I suspect people are picking them, as I found a lot of flower-less plants).

pink ladyslipper orchid

It was cool and green in the woods, with lots of birdsong and ferns.

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There's a red tailed hawk that's been hanging out atop the spire at the UU church downtown.

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I've seen it there several times. Must be a good lookout place for it.

These lovely little flowers have been popping up in our yard. I'm told they're called Star of Bethlehem.

starry

Speaking of hawks and backyards, my neighbors had to put a chicken run back in the trees because one hawk decided our backyard was an all-you-can-eat chicken buffet, and had killed several of the girls. No more chickens wandering around the yard, but I'm glad they're safe. And the guys bought a bunch of chicks, which are growing fast. They're so cute, and their little peeps make me smile. One of the hens is playing mother to them.

I went to see "Wonder Woman" the other day, and I liked it a lot. It's not perfect, but then what movie is? It was refreshing to see a strong female lead who was not just eye candy or assisting the men. I wouldn't bother to see it in 3D, though. It really didn't add anything to the experience. Save the four bucks for popcorn.
lizziebelle: (fox)
Yesterday was just stellar. Warm, sunny, and breezy. The trees have finally leafed out, making the world green again. I walked downtown, leaving early for my class at the library so I could enjoy being outside after a long week in the trenches. I stopped at the little park by the pond, where I found what turned out to be bluebells!

bluebells!

Just a tiny patch, but after envy of my British friends posting lovely photos of them, I was glad to find some here. I found out this past week that someone in my hometown planted a patch of bluebells near the river; I don't know if they were there when I lived in Geneseo, but if they were I wasn't aware of it. As I am now about 400 miles away, I can't just pop over to see them.

mystery bird and other adventures )

This morning is deliciously cool and green and sunny. Just delightful.
lizziebelle: (fox)
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Yesterday was a glorious day for a walk. Warm but not too much so, and sunny with a little breeze. Perfect spring weather. The daffodils in front of the UU church were happy. Tiny leaves are popping out, and I even saw some trees in flower.

Down at the park, things are greening by the river, and some kayakers paddled by as I stood on the bank.

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Violets lined the parking lot, and dotted the grass along the path.

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I recently discovered a new cheese & gourmet shop downtown, and it's a delightful place. It's just a little hole-in-the-wall, but the proprietor is very nice (and she really knows her cheese!) and the selection is large. I tried a German triple-creme with mushrooms, and it was delicious. I'll definitely be back. I'm so glad to see all the new businesses downtown; a lot of places have opened in the four years I've lived here. We have a brewery, a martini & tapas bar, an ice cream place with a speakeasy in the back (really!), a flatbread pizza joint, and a new dress shop to name a few. Just the opposite of Westfield, where I used to live. It was sad to see all the empty storefronts there, and it's a much bigger town. I'm also glad to see that the new shopping plaza just outside of town hasn't hindered downtown at all. Maybe it even helps; who knows? It would be nice if folks who came to the plaza to shop decide to check out downtown as well. I like supporting local businesses.

My mom is home from the rehab place, and doing much better. That's a relief. She's going to have a visiting nurse for a while, and one of her neighbors has a daughter who does housecleaning, so mom is hiring her to help out. She's doing her exercises and her breathing exercises, and is determined to get and stay well. This makes me happy.

I brought the grill back up to the deck, and maybe I'll be motivated to light it up tonight. That sounds like the perfect end to a lovely weekend.
lizziebelle: (fox)
Bit by bit, we're finally getting some spring. I took a walk along the river today, and found more signs of winter's demise and spring's arrival.

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The turtles were out in force, lining every log sticking out of the water.

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Even the skunk cabbage is a welcome sight.

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Not a lot of flowers yet, but the bees are happy with the dandelions.

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I had the windows open today, and it felt wonderful. I am very happy that winter is in the past. Hard to believe that Beltane is only two weeks away! Before long, we'll have apple blossoms and lilacs. Ahhhhh, spring.

flowers

Aug. 28th, 2015 07:30 am
lizziebelle: (artsy me)
After the neverending war with the woodchucks last year, I decided to plant sunflowers in a pot this year. Actually, it's a large plastic cauldron, because that's just more fun. They're not very tall, and the flowers are fairly small, but I have sunflowers! They're ever so lovely. I smile whenever I see them.

unfolding beauty

Soon I will have morning glories, too. I see several buds that promise to be flowers in a few days. Hooray for flowers.
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!

springing

Apr. 13th, 2015 08:01 pm
lizziebelle: (artsy me)
It is finally spring here in New England! I found crocuses coming up along the bike trail the other day:



Yesterday, I went to the wildlife refuge, where the ice is finally gone.



critters and more )

Yay, spring!
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I've been posting flower pictures over on Tumblr for the past couple of days, because my world is covered in white stuff. I thought I'd spread the wealth a bit over here, too. Enjoy!
lizziebelle: (sherlock)
I've always been a cat person. Being a Leo, that's not particularly surprising. But I do love dogs too, as well as most other animals.

On my walk yesterday, I stumbled upon an event at the Elks Club called Woofstock. The river path ends at the field behind there, and it was full of vendors and people, and dogs. Lots and lots of dogs. So I wandered around taking pictures and talking with people.







They were all very well-behaved.

Last evening, it was finally clear enough to see the moon. I was very pleased to get a picture in which you can see craters!



I love my camera.

A few days ago, I was putting flannel sheets on my bed. Today, I had to turn on the a/c because it was hot! New England weather, man. You really never know what it's going to do.

At least my morning glories are still blooming. Blue is far from my favorite color, but these are so gloriously blue, I adore them.



As my former future husband is now off the market, I am now taking applications for the next candidate. At the head of the pack is Benedict Cumberbatch, as his voice can make me dissolve into a puddle of Jell-o. I foresee a Sherlock marathon in my near future...
lizziebelle: (fox)


Spring continues to unfold, albeit more slowly than usual. Trees are finally leafing out, new flowers appear, grass is finally green and lush. The weather continues to resist staying nice for long, but we do get periods of pleasant weather for a day or two at a time.

Yesterday started out rainy and miserable, but ended up being quite spectacular, which was fortunate as it was graduation day for my niece. I can't believe my little Willow is a college graduate! Today, she's off to Germany to perform with her choir. Quite the exciting weekend for her!

I had to miss Plantapalooza yesterday because of this, but [livejournal.com profile] firespirit1 procured some tomato plants for me, which I picked up at her house today. She also gave me some tarragon from her garden, and now both reside in pots on my deck. I shall have to learn to cook with tarragon now! I've never used it before, that I recall. People have been giving me suggestions on Facebook. What's you're favorite tarragon recipe?

As I was weeding the garden, my neighbor cut me some more lilacs to bring inside. They're so wonderful! A couple of violas popped up in the garden, which I transplanted into my window box. I also found a volunteer violet, and the lily of the valley is starting to bloom. My woodruff came back, and is flowering. This is why I love spring: flowers everywhere! And green, green where it was grey and brown. Life returns in abundance. Windows are open, chasing out the stuffiness of winter. It won't be long before it gets hot and sticky, so I am enjoying every second of spring.

gardening

Apr. 27th, 2013 09:31 pm
lizziebelle: (fox)

sparkle, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Finally, it's really spring. I spent much of the day digging in the dirt; I went to a local flower supplier this morning and bought a flat of multi-colored violas, and planted them along the drive after digging out the evil weeds that had taken over there. It's that awful stuff that gets really tall, grows about a foot a day, and resembles bamboo. I am a bit sore this evening!

I have some bulbs and seeds to plant, and I need to get some soil to pot my herbs. Yay, gardening! It's been a really long time since I've been able to have one.

Next month I'll get some tomatoes at Plantapalooza in Grafton. Fresh, home-grown tomatoes! Is there anything better?

lizziebelle: (Default)

foxglove, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I didn't let the gloomy weather keep me indoors this weekend, but it was odd to be wearing long sleeves and a jacket in June. It was 57 degrees at noontime today. A few days ago, it was nearly 100. What is up with that?

At least there were flowers... )



I'm looking forward to watching the Tonys tonight. My cousin David (who I saw when we went to NYC) will be there with his boss, who is up for a Tony for Scottsboro Boys. How exciting!

lizziebelle: (Default)

foxglove, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I didn't let the gloomy weather keep me indoors this weekend, but it was odd to be wearing long sleeves and a jacket in June. It was 57 degrees at noontime today. A few days ago, it was nearly 100. What is up with that?

At least there were flowers... )



I'm looking forward to watching the Tonys tonight. My cousin David (who I saw when we went to NYC) will be there with his boss, who is up for a Tony for Scottsboro Boys. How exciting!

clever

May. 25th, 2011 09:14 pm
lizziebelle: (little me)

bed of flowers, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

It was an absolutely perfect day out today. Of course, because I was at work. :P

On my evening walk, I saw this literal flower bed next to the florist down the street. Cute, and clever! They're always doing fun things, but this is my favorite so far.

clever

May. 25th, 2011 09:14 pm
lizziebelle: (little me)

bed of flowers, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

It was an absolutely perfect day out today. Of course, because I was at work. :P

On my evening walk, I saw this literal flower bed next to the florist down the street. Cute, and clever! They're always doing fun things, but this is my favorite so far.

amazing

May. 22nd, 2011 07:03 pm
lizziebelle: (Default)

peony heart, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Not as much sun as promised today, but it was a mostly nice day. I went for a long walk, through the park and wildlife sanctuary, and I saw some amazing things.

Amazed )



It feels like I missed a chunk of spring because of all the rain. The trout lily, daffodils, and magnolia are long gone. The tulips are almost past.

The irises are just starting to open. I even saw buds on the rose bushes. Summer flowers will be here soon, and spring will be a memory.

amazing

May. 22nd, 2011 07:03 pm
lizziebelle: (Default)

peony heart, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Not as much sun as promised today, but it was a mostly nice day. I went for a long walk, through the park and wildlife sanctuary, and I saw some amazing things.

Amazed )



It feels like I missed a chunk of spring because of all the rain. The trout lily, daffodils, and magnolia are long gone. The tulips are almost past.

The irises are just starting to open. I even saw buds on the rose bushes. Summer flowers will be here soon, and spring will be a memory.

perfection

May. 10th, 2011 05:02 pm
lizziebelle: (camera)

pink and blue, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Perfect May day today: breezy, sunny, and warm, with flowers everywhere, like this pink dogwood.

floral delights )



I walked down to the river at the far end of town, and found the trail along the river.

along the river )

That was a really, really long walk. It was the perfect day for it, though.

perfection

May. 10th, 2011 05:02 pm
lizziebelle: (camera)

pink and blue, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Perfect May day today: breezy, sunny, and warm, with flowers everywhere, like this pink dogwood.

floral delights )



I walked down to the river at the far end of town, and found the trail along the river.

along the river )

That was a really, really long walk. It was the perfect day for it, though.

lizziebelle: (Default)

apple blossoms, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I took advantage of the sunshine after work and walked down to Grandmothers' Garden to see what was in bloom.

Lots of things! )



The other day I felt a cold coming on, complete with post-nasal drip. I slept poorly that night, and felt crummy all day yesterday. I went to bed at 9:00 last night and slept almost through the night, getting up once to go to the bathroom and then falling back asleep, miraculously. Feeling much better today, thank goodness. With all the stress of the past few weeks, and the thousands of germs I'm sure I was exposed to last weekend, it's no wonder I came down with something. I'm really glad I have no plans for the weekend, because I don't think I'd have the energy for anything.

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