The view from Belltown Hill Orchards today when my parents and I stopped by to get cider and donuts. It’s about a mile and a half from my house. All the blueberry bushes have turned red for the fall and are so pretty!
We found out from the cashier that the cider they sell is pressed and pasteurized by Buell’s Orchard (in Eastford near where my parents used to live) but it’s made out of Belltown’s apples. The label just says Buell’s! They should add their own Belltown sticker or something. Or at least have a sign.
We all quite enjoyed cups of Kona coffee brewed in my Aeropress (my parents wanted extra water in theirs; apparently I like my coffee strong) along with the donuts (heated slightly in the microwave so they were delectably warm and soft), followed by cold cider.
Wow. I’ve never seen this many cars in the hills of South Glastonbury! I guess a beautiful sunny blue-sky blazing-trees Columbus Day is everyone’s idea of the perfect day to pick apples!
!!! The lead article in this week’s Glastonbury Citizen newspaper is about a black bear that was recently seen in South Glastonbury—on Tryon Street and on Main Street near Draghi’s farm stand. Naturally, my first thought was “AGD was right!”
She was last seen meandering off through Portland and Marlborough, so I guess she was too lazy to climb up the hills to my house.
It’s a good day for pick-your-own blueberries at Carini’s Berry Farm! The bushes were laden with big, fat, ripe berries. Filling up the whole pail was easy! It was heavy when I’d finished. 2 quarts?
(The third picture’s all grainy because I used the front-facing camera on my iPhone, but I still like it. I was trying to show the big pail of berries hanging around my neck! :-)
Whole Foods’ weathervane was looking deliciously creepy today, with its eyes glowing green against the stormy sky.
It’s Bartlett pear time in town, and I love it.
It’s such a beautiful May 1st in South Glastonbury. It’s 71° and sunny, the phlox are fluffy, the fruit trees are coming into bloom, and the big trees are overwhelmingly soft spring green. The roads are curvy, and the river is smooth. I’m so thankful to live where I do.
Naturally, I couldn’t resist stepping into Green Cemetery yesterday while on my tree walk in the historic section of Main Street. I was so pleased to see that this lovely “Halloween Stone” by William Stanclift has been cleaned and is looking great! It was so dark and lichen-covered on my previous encounter, it was very hard to appreciate the details.
Note the cool tented “T”s and the way he connects together the diagraph “TH.” He even has combo “THE”s here. All his letters are wonderful! James Slater described this stone as having a “delightful elliptical moon-like face.”
Cherry blossoms and maple blossoms: the ones you notice and the ones you don’t. They’re both pretty!
Happy Earth Day! To celebrate, I took a walk along Main Street in Glastonbury’s historic district to look at all the trees’ early spring buds and flowers. It was really neat to see which trees have noticeable buds now, which ones have flowers, and which ones still look exactly the same as they have all winter. The only one that already had leaves was the katsura, which wasn’t labeled, but I knew what it was because I used to have a katsura bonsai. All the others are large, old specimens, but the katsura is pretty little, and seeing it made me smile.
Largify the photos for captions. From top to bottom, they are: Norway Maple, Bradford Pear, American Elm, European Copper Beech, Sugar Maple, Katsura, White Oak (this tree is a descendant of the Charter Oak), London Planetree, American Sycamore, and White Oak (the same one) with a Saucer Magnolia.
[Edit: Oh wow, I went on this same walk last year on April 18th and 20th, and the trees were so much farther along! We had a crazily warm spring last year, so things were about three weeks ahead.]
I realized what that big brown house in my village drawing reminds me of: the Whapley Road Whaples homestead! :)
I need a blue sky day next week!! I want to go on an early spring Historical Section of Main Street tree walk, before the leaves come but while the branches are full of buds. That would be SO INTERESTING!
It’s nice out today (warm) but very overcast, windy, and bordering on rain. Kind of a tease! I want to look at all shapes of buds, and stand under a magnolia heavy with blooms (and INHALE!), and walk through Green Cemetery, and blast Buddy Holly while zipping along in my car with the moonroof open. Well, I’m doing the blasting Buddy Holly part anyway, at least. “Well, Alright” = love love LOVE. And “Every Day”! The perfect song for spring. That eager background pitter-pat of the heart is how this time of year makes me feel. Anticipation! Little little exciting changes, every day.
It’s magnolia TIME right now. I keep noticing them everywhere in Glastonbury! It’s especially wonderful because nothing else except forsythia is blooming yet, and all the other trees are still bare. Well, that’s not true—the weeping willows are green, long chartreuse strands hanging low, blowing like tresses in the breeze. But there aren’t very many willows around, and the predominant color is still brown, although when I look at the forests now the impression is warm and furry instead of cold and scratchy. The branches are tinged rosy and thick with buds, close, so close, to bursting forth into spring.
Anyway, right now it’s magnolia time—white stars and perfume pinks and old yellows and teatime creams and faded velvet mauves. I need to visit my favorite tree in Middletown next week. It’s urgent!
Sitting at So. G surrounded by the gentle murmur of neighbors young and old, empty cappuccino cup and warm mocha muffin plate in front of me, stretched-out and heavy after Pilates and a much-appreciated chair massage at Annie’s, shoulders back, arm flung over my chair…. People keep smiling at me. Coffee beans grinding, Van Morrison mumbling. Bare branches and grey sky, pile of snow at the corner of the parking lot, people coming and going, greeting each other, saying goodbye. Not moving, not wanting to leave, just soaking it in. I miss South Glastonbury already.
Things That Are Mauve #7: Glastonbury sky, Keauhou sky, eucalyptus bark, Tango sky.