Nature, New England

A Tree For All Seasons

We tend to drive around a fair bit in our neighbouring towns since our son loves to go on long car rides.  Even though we have lived here a few years, I’m still taken in by the beauty and never tire of it.  Earlier this year, while driving along the ridge of a hill,  I came across a tree that…

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Nature, New England

Walking in the woods in winter

“Just make sure you pick up a winter sport, like skiing or snow-shoeing, if not you will get cabin fever!” said the Verizon tech as he was setting up the internet connection in our rental condo.  I had just moved up from Florida and the tech was giving me advice on how to handle the New England winters.  My previous…

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Nature, New England

Of Birds and Birdfeeders

When it came to cooking, my mother, like many others of her generation, relied on first principles.  That meant that the idli-rawa (cream of rice) used for making idlis was made at home.  This involved soaking the rice in water, drying it and then grinding it at home using a stone mill.  The soaked rice was spread out on an old…

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New England

Stonewalls

They meander all across New England, marking forgotten boundaries of farmlands.  Sturdy and seemingly impervious to the elements, yet at places, they are overgrown by vegetation and hidden to the eye.  I’m referring to stonewalls and I’m fascinated by them. I noticed them during my first week in New England. I was driving along a winding road, dwarfed by tall…

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Nature, New England

A Short Walk in the Woods

Our house abuts acres of conservation land.  Even though we’ve lived here for a few years, I had not ventured into the woods behind our house until earlier this year when I made my first foray into the woods after a snowstorm.  It was a magical experience and it merits a separate post.  I ventured forth again last Sunday, after…

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New England

The Miracle League

Another season of the Miracle League came to an end today.  Considering it is almost the end of October, it was an unusually warm New England day and the game was played under clear blue skies. Nikhil has added another trophy to his burgeoning collection and will rest on his laurels till the next session that starts in Spring. This…

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