Ipswich River (again)

I’m basically haunting the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary. Took several new trails yesterday and basically did a big loop around the whole thing. Lots of wood ducks, red squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus, not to be confused with Sciurus vulgaris, which ain’t…

Ipswich River

Yesterday I went to the Ipswich River sanctuary with the Martises, and today I went back again. Now I have some bird photos for you. First, nothing special: a chickadee. They’re like pigeons at this place. They will come over…

Peabody-Essex Museum (again)

Today turned out to be another field trip to PEM, which I will never turn down. Why am I not a member? Really. I’ve paid for two memberships by now at least. This time I scooped up Tanya and made…

Broadmoor

Went to Broadmoor today (now that I’m a Mass Audubon member, it’s actually occurring to me to investigate those properties). Very, very nice spot, especially with little kids (of which I am deficient). In order: ducklings (we made way), turtles,…

The Day that Dad Came to Play

Dad had a conference here in Boston, so he stayed afterward to play tourist with me. First, we went to Cape Cod. He’d never been there before. We had fried things (I had oysters but can’t remember which seafood he…

Joppa Flats: Wildlife-free Reserve

I heard rumors of bald eagles up by the Merrimack and Parker rivers, and so made the drive  to Newburyport today. Zero eagles (and zero snowy owls and not even a single brave sparrow clinging in the brush). I think…

Jack o’ Lantern Spooktacular

We went to the Jack o’Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Zoo last night. Oh, wait. Let me back up. First we ate macaroni and cheese at the Red Fez. Yum-o. But the pumpkins. I remember there being more of them…

Playing Tourist with My Aunt: Rhode Island

Last day of being a tourist (which is to say, last day of company and last day of not working—sigh). The consolation was a very pretty day with clear blue skies and a steady temperature around 50. We started with…

Playing Tourist with My Aunt: Cape Ann

I had to work this morning, so after a delicious breakfast at Henrietta’s Table, I sent Gail off to watch the boats on the Charles and then check out the glass flowers at the Harvard Natural History Museum. Today she…

Playing Tourist with My Aunt: New Hampshire and Vermont

After I wasted a ton of time working like a sucker this morning on my vacation day, we headed up 93 to NH. And lo! There was snow. That was hereish. It wasn’t all that cold (about 40), but all…

Playing Tourist with My Aunt: Boston

You’ll notice the singular in the title (tourist). That’s because I abandoned Gail today and went to work like the sucker that I am. I won’t bore you by telling you I was in a data model meeting. Gail took…

Playing Tourist with My Aunt: Maine

Playing Tourist with My Aunt: Maine

I know I promised a full report on the Topsfield Fair, but Tanya ruined everything. She ended up staying in western MA too long and decided not to join us today, and I decided that was a good reason to…

The Big E (belated)

The Big E (belated)

I’ve had my camera stuffed away and haven’t downloaded in nearly a month, which means this report on The Big E comes too late for you to go see for yourself. I’m sad to report that, in my estimation, you’re…

Sheep Shearing Festival

Sheep Shearing Festival

Saturday I attended a sheep shearing festival at Gore Place over in Waltham. The weather was just incredible, and I really should have worn sunscreen. It wouldn’t be a proper sheep-related event without a Border Collie demonstration, now would it?…

Shaker Village

Shaker Village

The weather was too nice for indoor activities yesterday, so we headed up 93 to the Canterbury Shaker Village. There’s a little restaurant up there now with very tasty, simple food, and they’ve just opened an exhibit on Shakers in…