Saturday, October 26, 2013

VillageCemetery - Peterborough NH

Today's photo theme on G+ is #cemeterysaturday so it was fortuitous that the Peterborough Historical Society sponsored a guided tour of Village Cemetery on Concord Street. Michelle Stahl led the tour pointing out prominent graves and explaining the changing views of death that took place in the 1800s.

  The  word cemetery is derived from the  Greek κοιμητήριον, meaning  "sleeping place".

Lieut. Col. Charles Scott of the Sixth New Hampshire:

"We left Newport's News on Tuesday, the 11th, with 254 soldiers, four officers, three ladies, and one child. At Fortress Monroe we took on 17 men, making in all 279 souls. On Wednesday evening, the 13th, about 9 o'clock, off ragged point, on the Potomac, we were startled by a shock, and soon discovered that a collision had taken place between our steamer and another, named the George Peabody, bound down the river. The West Point began to leak very fast, and it was ascertained that she would sink in less than ten minutes. The Peabody, which had been partially disabled, could render no assistance, except with small boats."

Michelle Stahl explaining the post war interest in American History after the Civil War almost undid our democracy.

I was curious about the Latin which I flunked in High School
This means "I shall rise again"

New Hampshire was a long way from the slavery in the South but Fanny Smith had this inscription added .
She also left money for the education of black women.
She was motivated after hearing  Frederick Douglas speak.

The monolith dwarfs other tombstones

View of the cemetery

A common motif, urn represents the body, the willow is mourning
The obelisks were a nod to Egyptian architecture which was in vogue

Interesting inscription

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Invasion of the Leaf Peepers

Why do they come? When will they leave?

Time for some mulled apple cider

It's been a great year for fruit. My peach tree almost fell over from the weight. Thankfully a friend picked the fruit and repaid me with a nice selection of jam and salsa (NOTE: peach salsa is great on Salmon).

The apple harvest has been amazing, everyone has bushels of apples. What  can be done with all of those?

Cider presses were a big hit at the harvest fairs in Temple, New Ipswich and Peterborough. The press shown in these photos was featured at the New Ipswich Harvest Fair.

No shortage of apples

Vintage cider press

Everybody helps

Turning the crank on this device is a lot harder than it looks

The finished product

Plenty of compost material (or goat food)

Monday, October 21, 2013

Peak Into Peterborough

Peak into Peterborough is an annual  event sponsored by the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce. A chance to enjoy the autumn foliage, shop, enjoy some locally grown food, listen to music and meet old friends.

Just a short walk (under the bridge) to the center of town. The weather was perfect.

Busy bees at the Farmer's Market,  learned all about the apiary

A chance to meet a red tailed hawk

A close look at  a Peregrine Falcon feather

Cooking demonstration of Hearth Cooking (before microwaves)

View of Smith House near town hall.  I try to photograph this in every season

Hearth Cooking location 

FolkSoul , Peterborough's "house band" playing at Depot Park

Great  Mardi Gras inspired music

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Village Cemetery Peterborough NH - Countdown to Halloween

I visited Village Cemetery  on Concord Street in Peterborough, NH as part of my countdown to Halloween project. Older cemeteries has more detail about the residents sometimes describing how they died. An example is  Mary Sophia who drowned in the Dreadful Disaster on the Potomac as reported in the New York Times. Carvings and stone work was also more elaborate than a series of bronze markers that can accommodate a lawn mower. Village has obelisks, urns and some ornate sculptures.

The Steamer West Point was loaded with wound soldiers, wonder if Mary was a nurse

Too much to see, waiting for the next cemetery tour

This disturbed me a bit, two siblings

One of many urns

Older stones blend in with the landscape

The town tomb was unlatched but I decided not to open the door (which is stone)
There was a vent pip on the top of the hillock, first time I've seen one of those

Friday, October 18, 2013

Freshwater Fish of the Northeast - Dave and Matt Patterson

Dave and Matt Patterson, spoke of their collaborative work on the the book Freshwater Fish of  the Northeast. The lecture was sponsored by the Stearns-Burton Lecture Fund as part of their local Author series.

David Patterson, retired High School biology teacher (and avid fisherman) provided the text for the book

Matt Patterson, illustrator.
You can see an example of Matt's
Trompe-l'œil work in Jaffrey on the side of building facing Rite-Aid

One of the stars of the day

Lecture attendees

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Lizards in the Hayloft - October 12, 2013

Lizards in the Hayloft will be performing at the New Ipswich Congregational Church on Oct 12, 2013. Admission is free and open to the public. Details available on the New Ipswich Historical Society Website.
A few tunes featuring the Lizards.

Sunday, October 06, 2013


I had the opportunity to see the Gilford, NH fire department in action this weekend. They were called to fight a fire in the middle of the woods.As anyone knows who hikes in New Hampshire, it is difficult to negotiate through an area without a defined path. It is more difficult when you are wearing protective gear and carrying equipment. To further complicate matters, the jeep they were using got hung up on a tree stump. However they were successful in suppressing the fire, freeing the vehicle and preventing the fire from spreading. Well done folks!

Discussing approaches

Hung up on a stump

Huge hollow tree on fire

Applying suppressing spray


Cutting tree looking for hot spots

Another view

Floating pump provided the water, nifty device


Friday, October 04, 2013

Taylor Road Closure

There is a lot to be said for dead end roads, almost no traffic, a playground for the kids, location for a block party etc.Taylor Road in Smithville is now a dead end road.

The large metal culvert on Taylor Road has deteriorated to the point to pose a danger to traffic. Jersey barriers are in place until an engineering solution can be found.

Taylor Road
Saw these guys over near the closed bridge
Less traffic is a good thing

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Embedded slideshows on my website

Thanks Google (and or Adobe) for fixing the slideshow widget. For some time I was unable to display my online albums as embedded slideshows on the blogs and website. It seems to be working again, although there is a slight delay starting the display. The application is powered by Adobe's Shockwave Player which works on Windows, Macintosh, Linus and Solaris.

I've posted a number of the slideshows on my website, most featuring some of the same photos that have appeared on this blog.

The link is

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Northeast Six Shooters

The Northeast Regional competition for Cowboy Mounted Shooting was held at Mead Equestrian Center in Jaffrey from Friday Sep 27th  to Sept 29th 2013. A few photos (and short video) of the Sunday competition.

Black Powder 45 caliber blanks provide enough embers to pop the balloons

Single action, 5 shells only (none under hammer)
10 balloons, 5 white, 5 green
The white ones are the first to die in a blaze of gunfire

Mount Monadnock right in the back yard of the Center