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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Early Signs That Fall Is Approaching

I love the feeling of anticipation that I get this time of year. Each year in late August, as the days get shorter, and the temps get cooler (except for today which was 90 degrees here in SE MA), I always get a feeling of excitement....knowing that Fall, my favorite season, is just around the corner. It's hard to describe this feeling of anticipation. I suppose I could relate it to the feeling I got as a child, as the Christmas season approached.

I hope you noticed the Fall Countdown at the top of the page here. I love to count down the days each year!

We are in desperate need of rain here in SE MA. The ponds and lakes are very low, the grass is burned, and the trees appear a little stressed. The early turning trees that I keep an eye on each year, have already started turning's the earliest that I can remember. This makes me a bit worried about the upcoming foliage conditions here in Southern New England. I hope it's not a disappointing show of color around here.

On the other hand, conditions up in Northern New England are looking great!!! I am hopeful for another stellar show this year. Here is an image I shot last Sunday along Rte 91 as we were heading home to MA. You can see fog in the valleys......another reminder that Fall is just around the corner....and you can see some early season color changes in some of the trees!

Oh how these sights make me happy!!!!!!!!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

NEK VT and The Orleans County Fair

Spent a very nice weekend up in VT with my family. Jay couldn't make it because he had to work. He was disappointed and so weren't we. We missed you Jay!!
We went to Lake Willoughby Saturday on a cool cloudy day. But we still had fun, because who in their right mind would not be happy to be in one of the most beautiful places on the planet?

All of these pictures were fun to take and share, but this next image is a landscape that I am really happy with:

Saturday evening we went to the fair. We watched the tractor pulls for a while. Mr. S loves the tractor pulls. Me, not so much. They are very loud and scary.

 It started raining about 20 minutes after we got there. But that did not stop me from eating this!!!!! Those close to me know that I have been obsessing over this for the past few weeks This is what it is:

And this is what it looked like:

And this is what I felt like after I ate it:

But it was sooooooo worth it!!!!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Sgt. Daniel Vasselian Motorcycle Run

My little hometown of Abington MA has a lot of hometown pride. Today a motorcycle run was held in honor of a hometown hero........Sgt Daniel Vasselian........a Marine who was killed while serving in Afghanistan in December.
You may recall the blogpost about Danny's homecoming. If not, please copy  and paste the following link to view:

Last week a group of volunteers in town got together to make replacement yellow ribbons to hang along the motorcycle route, along with American flags. These items were all donated by local businesses and local residents. Abington shows it's pride very well.

We had spotty showers and light drizzle during the motorcycle run, but that didn't stop the hundreds of motorcyclists, and the hundreds of people along the route who paid tribute to a fallen hero.

My thoughts are with the Vasselian and Doyle families, and I'm sure they felt the love today.