And from the weather department here at Endless Knots, a snap of the thermometer outside the back door yesterday. Granted, its back faces west and thus gets the very warm pelting of the afternoon sun but, holy schmazoo!
OK, local history buffs, you all know that Newton, Mass., when settled in 1630 as "the newe towne," is so named for its proximity to its better known relative, Cambridge. But now perhaps we should just call it Watertown. Ooops, no, it's taken. And water has taken over there too.
A walk around the Charles between Newton and Watertown a few days ago yielded these pictures. If you've ever been on the DCR path between Bridge Street and Watertown Square and headed east, you're very familiar with the approach to Watertown Street. This is what was in front of us, i.e. the Charles! In the second photo, you can see Watertown Street ahead. And in the third shot, taken on the Watertown side, you can see the familiar duck feeding bench, where, of course, you're not supposed to feed the ducks. Or geese. Or swans. Some of the geese left. That's the last picture.
There's still so much water in the Boston area after the 8-inch drenching last weekend that it's impossible to walk around the Charles between Newton and Boston, Newton and Waltham. Last night, driving west to Boxborough (see next post), the Sudbury River was right by the shoulder; some turns off Route 2 were still closed.
Here's what it looked like yesterday along the Charles near our house.
I was staying just a few blocks from Central Park in New York on Tuesday night when a sudden, vicious storm came up. At first, I thought someone was throwing things at the window, which was odd, as I was on the 12th floor.
These things don't really belong together but alas the joy of blogging.
Although we live mere moments from Boston (eight miles by the odometer), we're also blessed with many woods nearby--Hamlin in Wayland, Paine in Weston, Lincoln Conservation Land near the DeCordova Museum, Elm Bank Reservation in South Natick, and, of course, Cold Spring Park right here in Newton, just to name a few whose paths we tred on a regular basis.
Should you ever come across something like this in any of those woods, know that someone near and dear to me, one celebrating a birthday today, marks the woods in which he runs when many paths converge. On Sunday, we found that this one for five paths had survived yet another winter at Paine.
Belle, at 14, still can make the trek, with a bit of huffing and puffing, so here she is too, surveying the snow, even as we were just in our shirtsleeves.
And now on to Taste, which celebrated its first birthday this past week. Packed, as you can see, when we were there on Saturday, no less because there was a trio playing - percussion, voice, and keyboard. Very nice - and the cappuccino was great too. Congrats to Taste!
The team -- the subject of speculation for weeks -- includes physicist
Steven Chu as Energy secretary and former Environmental Protection
Agency head Carol Browner in the newly created position of "climate
czar." [Ed. note: One more czar - soon we'll need a Council of Czar(ina)s]
The team also includes Lisa Jackson, a former head of New Jersey's
Department of Environmental Protection, as director of the EPA; and
Nancy Sutley, a deputy mayor from Los Angeles, as head of the Council on
And here are their faces with their organizations, all in one little picture. Clockwise, Lisa Jackson at EPA; Nancy Sutley at Council on Environmental Quality; Carol Browner (welcome back, EPA head during Clinton administration) at Office of Energy; Climate & Environment; and Stephen Chu, Secretary of Energy ("Nobel Prize-winning physicist who has headed the Energy Department's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory since 2004"). Go PEBO Green Team!
A favorite after-dinner activity during the summer when I was a little girl was getting a jar, poking holes in the lid with one of my father's awls, then running around in the field in back of our house capturing lightning bugs. Writing this, I can clearly see their lights flickering on and off, hearing their soft buzz against the glass, then unscrewing the top and letting them go. Of course we competed for who could catch the most.
When we do see lightning bugs now, we usually remark that we haven't seen many of late. Sad to think their lights might be going out forever.
This summer has brought tornados, microbursts, and record rainfall to New England. Yesterday, I spotted this flower growing out of the crease where a limb was removed a few years ago - and these 'shroomy growths. Anyone know what these are exactly?