Tag Archive: summertime favorites

Jun 22

The Wind in the Willows

In 1908 Kenneth Grahame penned the children’s story titled, THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS. Grahame, a contemporary of Oscar Wilde, grew up along the banks of the River Thames. At that time the area surrounding the Thames was pastoral, though London town was quite crowded and dirty due to the common use of coal as …

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Jun 12

June 2017 – 5 years of blogging

The month of June has arrived marking the fifth anniversary of blogging. I have enjoyed sharing all of the many articles, pictures and links to more in-depth reading about so many subjects. Readers have followed me on my travels from home here, in PA and the New York Metro area to Amsterdam, London, the Philippines, …

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Oct 25

Hiking the Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail (A.T.) extends from Maine to Georgia. Covering nearly 2,200 miles (3,500 km.) and traversing 14 states- heading north from Georgia, into North Carolina, then Tennessee, on through Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and finally, culminating in the woods of Maine. Meandering through many …

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Oct 19

Cucurbitaceae

I bet this is a new word for most readers. Cucurbitaceae (follow the link to learn how to pronounce this and many other new or difficult words) are a family of more than 900 plants in about 95 genera. Follow this link to learn more about plant families. The most important among the cucurbitaceae are; …

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Oct 01

Denver revisited

Denver, Colorado — the “Mile High City” (Denver sits on a plateau above the Great Plains at an elevation of 5,240 feet above sea level), Queen City of the Plains, Bronco-ville and even Wall Street of the West are some of the nicknames given to this once sleepy big town/small city on the Front Range …

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Sep 01

Garden report September ’16

Early in the season the broccoli performed well yielding 8 large heads. This summer’s best producer was the cantaloupe melon! The dozen fruit over about 4 weeks were some of the sweetest melons I have ever tasted!…and the first 4 were quite large and heavy. 12 sweet, juicy melons was a good harvest. It was …

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Aug 22

Thunder and Lightning

This summer the Pocono Mountains offered some exceedingly hot and intensely humid weather for an unusually extended stretch of days – turning into about 4 full weeks. Last night, that heat wave broke and night sleeping was, once again, a pleasant rest instead of a torturous, sweaty and fatiguing experience. During this period of tropical …

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Aug 11

The Perseid Meteor Shower

The Perseid meteor shower is an annual event in August. This year’s display is said to be the best in 20 years with the possibility of seeing as many as 200 per hour! I am hoping that the sky clears for the full view. To the right is an image of the constellation Perseus. No …

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Jul 10

A Mid-Summer Morning

In the garden this morning. After a heat wave that lasted several days, we experienced a heavy, soaking rain yesterday. The garden is at its most lush under these conditions.   Leeks are doing well. Melons are showing an abundance of flowers, but not many fruit. Seems like a pollination issue, but the season is …

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Jul 03

July 4th — Holiday Weekend

I was delighted to be re-invited to my friends, Rich and Kim Green’s family picnic. I missed the party last year, but two years ago they roasted a whole hog for the gathering. As always the food presented by the hosts was terrific as well as all of the pot-luck dishes brought by attendees. I …

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