The last day of March was a delightful one. I finally found blooming crocus here in Westfield! This one was brightening up Chestnut Street. Spring is here for real, at last.
Monday, March 30, 2009
This past Saturday evening at 8:30 p.m., I turned out all the lights in my apartment, along with millions of others, for Earth Hour. I had meant to post something ahead of time, but a busy day got away from me and I didn't get around to it.
My turning off my lights for an hour didn't make much of an impact, but millions of people around the world together might have. It's a simple thing to turn off lights (and televisions, and computers) that aren't being used, yet so many of us don't do it often enough. This simple gesture reminds us not to be quite so wasteful. The world looks softer by candlelight. Plus, it gave me an excuse to use this lovely oil lamp. :)
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
I found this interesting fungus at Heritage Park that looks like shells. It's an amazingly lovely day out today, and I was lucky to be able to get outside for a little while at lunch. Just counting down the minutes now until I can get back out there.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
I visited an old cemetery in Medfield, MA yesterday. Medfield is southwest of Boston, and the cemetery dates back to colonial times. I'd driven by it many times and was glad to get the chance to explore it.
I found a flag plaque from the Revolutionary war!
A very cool place, just full of history. I love those old slate headstones.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Happy Spring/Vernal Equinox! Today the night and day are equal length, and spring has officially arrived here in the northern hemisphere.
I have yet to see any crocus blooming this year. These are from a couple of years ago, April 9th '07, at Grandmothers' Garden. I keep thinking they should be blooming by now, but perhaps that's just my impatience, since these were not abloom until April. When it comes to spring, I'm worse than a kid at Christmas. *g*
Thursday, March 19, 2009
I went back to the cemetery yesterday after work, and the ground had dried out enough for me to wander around looking at more of these plaques on the flags. I found Korea and Vietnam, and assorted other associations.
Also: the daffodils are getting taller!
Today is the last day of winter. Good riddance!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
The ice has melted even from the smaller tributaries now, out in the wildlife sanctuary by Stanley Park.
Out on the paths, I was passed a couple of times by two guys on motorbikes. I took this pic when one stopped to ask me if this was a walking path, which it is. I was a bit annoyed, especially since the bikes were so loud.
They then went off on another path, and I was able to enjoy the peace of the woods again.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
It finally cleared up yesterday, and now that it's light out later, I went for a walk after work over to Grandmothers' Garden, where I found these daffodils poking through the newly thawed ground.
There were other tiny green shoots coming up there, too.
Spring Equinox is a week from tomorrow!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Walking around Pine Hill Cemetery the other day, I took notice of the little plaques on the flags around the grounds. I had thought they were all military, but some of them were for other organizations, like this one from the Elks.
Here is one from the American Legion:
Then there are the war veterans:
I tried to find ones from Korea and Vietnam, but it was too muddy to do much exploring on the grassy areas. Next time!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 09, 2009
Yesterday was another stellar late winter/ early springlike day, so I did a lot of walking around Westfield. This is the statue of Major General William Shepard, across from the fire station near the square. He seems to be contemplating whether to walk down the street to the Big Y. *g*