Saturday, June 24, 2017

The Gardens of New Ipswich

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There are a number of gardeners in New Ipswich and after years of running the Garden Shop at the annual Children's Fair I've had the pleasure of visiting many gardens. Here a few recent photos taken of one of those gardens.

I didn't know that a Siberian Iris could have a pinkish hue.

Yellow Foxglove (most of mine are pink)

I love the shape and complexity of these flowers

This was my first opportunity to smell the fragrance of a mock orange

I'm fond of the Lady's Mantle as a ground cover. It is most interesting when drops of water bead on the leaves

Pinks (Dianthus) are named for the shape of the flowers, not the color. They appear to be cut with pinking shears.

White Bleeding Heart

The yellow flag grows in wet areas. I used to have these in my own garden but they died out. Next time I'll try for a wetter spot.

I was surprised to see a day lily this early in the season. Mine won't be out for weeks.

Interesting to see how these flower buds have changed color.

Not sure what this shrub is

Iris seen against the foliage of a Japanese Maple


"M" kept me company on my garden tour

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Yellow False Indigo

Gaillardia (Blanket Flower)

Monday, June 19, 2017

Hiroya Tsukamoto

Performance by Hiroya Tsukamoto at The Living Room Coffeehouse in Mason, NH.

Hiroya is a one-of-a-kind composer, guitarist and singer-songwriter from Kyoto, Japan. He began playing the five-string banjo when he was thirteen, and took up the guitar shortly after.
In 2000, Hiroya received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music and came to the United States. He formed his own group in Boston "INTEROCEANICO (inter-oceanic)" which consists of unique musicians from different continents including Latin Grammy nominee Colombian singer Marta Gomez. The group released three acclaimed records ("The Other Side of the World", "Confluencia" and "Where the River Shines"). Hiroya released two solo albums ("Heartland" and "Places") from Japanese record label 333 discs.
Hiroya has been leading concerts internationally including several appearances at Blue Note in New York City with his group and Japanese National Television. He performs more than one hundred shows a year across the US and internationally.

Jane Fallon

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Jane Fallon performed original compositions at the Living Room Concert at the Mason Coffee House in New Hampshire on Saturday June 17th.

From Jane's website:

Singer-songwriter, Jane Fallon, is a veteran performer whose smooth, rich voice and well-written songs get noticed. With vocals that have been called “angelic” and “mesmerizing”,  by Boston's Metronome magazine, her original songs “combine humor, intelligence, and deep musicality with an artfulness that is unusual.” (Wildy's Word Music blog). 

Currently living in New Hampshire, she was born in California, she spent her formative years on the West Coast. As a member of a large musical family, she began singing and writing songs at an early age.

Raised on Traditional country, Appalachian Folk, and Gospel, and trained in classical and jazz, Jane has sung everything from Barbara Allen to Ain't Misbehavin' and La Boheme and back again.

Her own songs cover a wide variety of topics with a contemporary flair that incorporates those influences of pop, folk, swing, and country. Her literary background and ear for the music of words leaves her music tight and well-constructed.

The combination of East and West and a mix of cultural experiences guarantees subject matter that might range from a tribute to her cowboy-hatted dad to an anthem for women affected by the AIDS epidemic in Africa. A clever sense of word play and a  humorous take on the world often results in parodies of well-known tunes involved such things as cell-phones and computers, or originals poking fun at shopping and the environment.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Wicked Good Old Boys

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I attended a concert at the Mason Living Room Coffee House held at the Congregational Church in Mason, New Hampshire. Chaz Beauleiu on flute and Eric Blackmer on guitar form the group "Wicked Good Old Boys" who performed a number of classical tunes including many composed by the blind fiddler Turlough O'Carolan. This concert benefited the St. Vincent de Paul food bank.

Stephen Tamulonis served as master of ceremonies 
Chaz Beauleiu on flute, Eric Blackmer on guitar

Monday, June 12, 2017

Garden Tour - Ken Vengren & Harrison Kendall

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On Saturday I had the opportunity to tour the gardens of Ken Vengren and Harrison Kendall. They have converted their backyard into a beautiful garden.

A mixture of colors and textures
An attractive chicken coop

A Wisteria vine climbs over a weathered pergola. No blossoms yet



Lupines and Giant Allium

Sedum and Thyme

Susan enjoys a laugh with a friend

Whimsical fountain

Weathered Barn

The Shade Garden

It wouldn't be a garden party without hats

Ken & Harrison's home
Harrison chats with hos guests


Fruit, cheese and mimosas

A place to sit in the middle of the garden which is usable for three seasons and when a wood stove is added, year round.

Wide angle view

It was difficult to photograph the garden on such a bright day with deep shadows and brilliant sunshine. 

Weeping blue spruce looks like some kind of creature

Friday, June 02, 2017

Amoskeag Fishways - Sea Lamprey Appreciation Day

I attended the Sea Lamprey Appreciation Day at the Amoskeag Fishways in Manchester, NH. It offers the opportunity to handle this fascinating primitive fish. In the video you'll see children wearing gloves, these are being worn to protect the slime on the fish. I was able to feel the suction when I placed my fingers near the mouth parts. 

Amoskeag Fishways

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Close up of Lamprey mouth. Its tongue rasps and eventually penetrates the skin of its host fish. Secretions prevent the blood of the host from coagulating.
By I, Drow male, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

Young lampreys are filter feeders and have no means of digesting blood

Impressive looking machine which I guess is used to capture a bucket of fish for stocking streams

Fish ladder, note the path to the exhibit hall marked with blue fish icons

Topological Sandbox was a big hit

Mural at observation deck

Fish delivery
Up close with a painted turtle

Staff member explains how young lampreys filter feed by poking their heads out of the sand