Friday, April 20, 2012

These are a few of my favorite things.....

Spring has sprung here in NH!! We had such a mild winter this year and we definately need rain; but depsite that, the plants in our yard are just stunning. And best of all, the deer haven't eaten my tulips for the first time!

This primrose is one of my favorites and has done so well! I selected this a few years ago after reading that it does well in poor, wet soil. It is true. The area that I planted this is a shady, wet, clay area of our yard. I don't have to do any maintenance and every spring it has just been a beauty

Another favorite .......Vinca minor, it makes such a lovely ground cover and no maintenance required.


Apple Blossom - Maybe this year we will have apples!!

ground phlox - another early spring beauty that makes me smile!
The birds are fun to watch, we have several feeders and each year it is like Christmas to me when the birds return. The robins, cardinals, gold finches, woodpeckers, nuthatches, black-capped chickadees.....are just a few of the birds we see daily. I am waiting for the first sight of the Baltimore Orioles and Ruby-throated's only a matter of time and we should see them return too. Oh, I cannot forget the wrens that return every year to build a nest in our bird house.......


Monday, April 16, 2012

O The Adventures!

Been very busy this past hobby ( aka: addiction) called Letterboxing. Last April, my husband was going through the bookmarked websites he had and came across LBNA website and had me check it out. Then he had me read all about letterboxing on We decided to create an account...what the heck, it is free.....and the adventures began. We have hiked who knows how many miles in 5 out of the 6 New England states. Mostly NH, of course, since that is where we live, but we have gone to parts of our own state that we have never been before. Last summer was the first time I had ever been to Pittsburg, NH, and saw my first moose!!!! I was soo excited I almost ran off the road! It is like a great big treasure hunt - letterboxing - that is. Some of the stamps people have carved to go in these tupperware containers are just amazing. But the fact that I am getting out hiking, something my hubby and I can enjoy together and not even realize how much I am hiking because I am so distracted by hunting for is just awesome....My children are either out of the house, almost out of the house or old enough he doesn't want to hang with mom and dad this is perfect. It is helping take the edge off of the nearing "empty nest syndrome" and allowing my husband and I to spend some quality time together. We have also met some really awesome people that we would have never met if it hadn't been for this crazy letterboxing business! We just spent a fabulous weekend in Vermont with a couple who's trail names are Tiggermama and Mr. Umbrella. My husband is Bubbaloo Magoo and I am Betty Boop3.

Happy Trails!