This is my last post about our New Hampshire trip for a while. Even though it was raining the views and fall colors were breathtaking! The White Mountains of New Hampshire is my favorite place to visit. There are so many things to do. Continue reading →
My daughter wanted to explore a cave for her birthday. This is what precipitated our recent long weekend in New Hampshire because as you can probably guess based on your childhood attempts to build them in the sand, there are no caves on Cape Cod. We went to the Polar Caves Park in the White Mountains. They are glacial caves formed about 50 thousand years ago during the ice age and do not have stalagmites like limestone caves. The Polar Caves Park is a well kept park with nice facilities, well maintained climbing bridges and walkways, and lots of extras including walking trails, pheasants and deer to feed, and a sluice for mining fossils and gems. You will get your exercise here! The caves are located along a steep upward climb. My son who is 4 1/2 needed hand holding as some areas are steep and a little slippery but he and I really enjoyed exploring the caves while the other 50% of my family’s biggest discovery was that caves make them feel claustrophobic. ”And that was supposed to be my birthday present!” my daughter said. If you are planning a visit I highly recommend going in the fall. The foliage is so beautiful and we practically had the place to ourselves!
Learn more about the Polar Caves Park in Rumney, NH at there website here.
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There’s a little squirrel family that lives in a hollow log in our backyard thicket they share with a rabbit family and a slew of noisy sparrows. Mother squirrel has been sending her young squirrels Edmund, Edwina and Forest out everyday for the last three days to collect acorns to save for winter. The first day all three young squirrels came back with five acorns each. The second day Edwina wasn’t feeling well and staying in bed but Forest and Edmund returned with five each again. On the third day, all three squirrels collected five but Forest and Edmund each snuck one before returning home. How many acorns do the three young squirrels have to show for three days of collecting?
I think these squirrels are going to have to step it up if they want acorns all winter!
Do you have acorns in your yard? How about collecting some and trying your own math games!
These are rose hips from the Rosa Rugosa bush which is native to eastern Asia but loves it here on Cape Cod! I posted a picture of the fuschia roses that bloom earlier in the summer here. It is sometimes confused with the Beach Plum which isnative to Cape Cod and is sweet enough to be eaten whole.
Rose hips are high in vitamin C and antioxidants and can be used to make teas and jams. If you are lucky enough to have access to some you can find a list of recipes here!
There is nothing like a freshly paved road. Me and my car both enjoy the soothing, smooth drive!
Chip Sealing – mid process
That was of course before they started using the Chip Sealing process versus applying a thick, smooth asphalt overlay. I suppose the one advantage to Chip Sealing is that you can drive on it right away. It is also a fraction of the cost. The disadvantage is that your car and all the other cars on the road must finish up the work by embedding the chips or rocks into the sticky black asphalt emulsion. This process takes two weeks of vibrating down the road as sticky rocks kick up all around.
So that will be fun. Sort of like living on a old country road for a little while. After that, the street sweeper is due to come through to remove the extra, loose rocks.
Back in January stamps went from 44¢ to 45¢. Price increases aren’t as big a deal as they used to be thanks to forever stamps, online bill pay, and email. Who sends actual letters anymore? But for those of us who buy stamps for the art, it is secretly fun because when the price goes up we get to augment our art sharing (a.k.a. envelope stamping) with a one or two cent stamp!
Are your Barbies feeling neglected? Are they stuck inside while you are having lots of springtime fun outdoors? Have about surprising them with a beautiful bouquet! If you want, you can even let them think it’s from Ken. That will really get them excited!
To make this one, we simply walked around our yard picking wild flowers. It does help to have a lawn full of weeds! Then we wrapped thread around the stems and put them in a tissue paper cone (which started as a folded circle). You will really make their day! Perhaps they will even be inspired to clean up their act a little. I know our Barbies were starting to neglect their appearance. Now they are back to neat hair, neat home and party dresses everyday! And all it took was a few flowers!