Friday, June 30, 2017

Look Ma, No Seatbelts

Support this blog by using this Amazon Link

I don't know how we survived our childhood. Open air nuclear testing, polio, DDT, red dye #40, no bicycle helmets, leaded gasoline and NO SEATBELTS!

My sister gets a good view of the road from this vantage part

Our 1950s era Mercury featured suicide doors and a nice metal dashboard to fly into if we crashed.

Whew, we dodged that bullet. Buckle up folks!

"Ramblin' Richard" at the New Ipswich Library

Support this blog by using this Amazon Link

Ramblin' Richard sang a number of patriotic songs at the New Ipswich Library. I have included a video of the songs.

"Ramblin' Richard" Kruppa performed a number of Patriotic songs at the New Ipswich Library as part of the Stearns-Burton Lecture Series 

Have a Great 4th of July

Monday, June 26, 2017

Ponemah Bog Wildlife Refuge

Pitcher Plants (Sarracenia purpurea) flower in early June at the Ponemah Bog Refuge in Amherst, NH. They had gone by when I visited but the traps were fully developed and in operation. It's a deadly landscape for insects.

The bog is a unique place, a large kettle hole filled with sphagnum moss a process that occurred over 18,000 years.

Sarracenia purpurea

A short 3/4 mile walk along a boardwalk allows visitors to observe the plants. It is dangerous to get off the boardwalk.

A close up view of  sundew plants

Each "dewdrop" is actually a sticky liquid that traps insects. The hairs move the insect to the pad where they are digested for the benefit of the plants.

The pitcher plant flowers were past peak blooms

Notice hairs are located downward to prevent insects from escaping

Ponemah Bog is a great place to pick blueberries

I believe this is a bog laurel

Unfurling fern fronds

Cute very small mushroom growing out of moss

See the insects?

Some weird mold growing on some of the plants. I decided not to touch it

Some weird gall growing on a red pine tree

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Memorial Service for Cheryl Ricci

Support this blog by using this Amazon Link

I was saddened to hear of the passing of Cheryl Ricci. Cheryl had a tremendous love of gardening and undertook a project of developing gardens at the New Ipswich Congregational Church, I had the opportunity to work with her in the Garden Shop at the annual Children's Fair at the Church.

Some photos of Cheryl

Donations of perennials were made in remembrance of Cheryl such as this Gaillardia

Another donation of a beautiful monarda

Cheryl's artwork

I love this illustration

Volunteers cleaned out the weeds near the rock wall on the Saturday before the memorial service.

One of Cheryl's Flower Beds

Saturday, June 24, 2017

The Gardens of New Ipswich

Support this blog by using this Amazon Link

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

Add caption

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

Support this blog by using this Amazon Link

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

Support this blog by using this Amazon Link

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