For this week’s photo challenge, here’s some photos of some heirloom apples we picked during a visit to a nearby orchard here in New Hampshire back in October . I can’t remember the name of this apple variety now!


They area very old variety, meant to be used as desert apples. Very sweet, and very firm. They were almost too sweet for an apple. So sweet that they made me wonder if maybe the old New England farmers probably did not have easy access to sugar.




And here’s the orchard’s apple picker.





We did two things today that could fit into this week’s photo theme.


We put up the Christmas lights.  Here they are seen from the inside, looking out through the frost covered windows:



And made Christmas cookies:


Weekly Photo Challenge: Containers

Every spring I lug this huge ficus tree outside so it can get much needed sun in our garden. Then, in the fall I somehow manage to get it back into the house. It spends the Winter months inside, in the sunniest room in the house, one with windows on three sides, even still it does seem to thrive while outside and wilt a little bit while indoors.

Every year it gets a little bit bigger. Every year I get a little bit older. Someday I won’t be able to bring it back in after it’s Summer break outside!


Somewhat less photogenic are the containers that we’re using to grow tomatoes in this year. Kitty litter tubs!


Weekly Photo Challenge: Twist


I’m late as usual with this week’s photo challenge. This week’s challenge is ‘Twist’. So here are a couple of photos I took from a short hike we took a week or so ago at a park near us here in southern New Hampshire. One area was especially boggy and had a raised walkway. Instead of taking a straight route, it twisted around somewhat, making for some interesting photos.

Maybe there was a tree or some other plant that they were trying to avoid by having the path meander a bit.  Here’s another view below.

A very marshy area.  Our 4 year old was waiving his arms around to keep the mosquitos away as much as possible.  So many bugs we couldn’t stay long!



Ok, so that’s maybe a tenuous link to this week’s theme as those paths don’t really twist too much.  So I’ll just leave you with the song that’s been stuck in my head all weekend long, ever since I saw what the ‘challenge’ was.   Thanks WordPress for reminding me of this song… or maybe no as I can’t stop singing it!

‘Stop singing that song Dada!,  what does it even mean?!”

“Twist” by Tones on Tail,  from way back in 1984 when I was much younger!


WPC: Reflection

Here’s some photos for this week’s challenge: Reflection.

These were all taken in the Fall at a cranberry bog in Carlisle, Massachusetts.  We had wanted to time our visit to when the cranberries are harvested since the bog would have been covered in bright red berries.  The harvesting machine scoops up the berries and then the water is drained out of the bog until next year.

These are actually photos of the holding pond that supplies the water for the harvest, not the areas where the berry bushes grow.  When the berries are ready to harvest, a small dam is opened, some of the water from the pond is drained into the bogs, and helps to float the berries to the surface for easier harvesting. So we missed the harvest this year, unfortunately.  At least we were not too late, if we had missed the harvest entirely the pond would be much lower, the bogs  would have been barren, and the area would not have been as photogenic as this.