Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A forgotten steel mill...

I heard there were remains of a 19th century iron making complex in the woods in a nearby town.  Supposedly, the furnace and chimney were still standing.  I knew I needed to see it.

As we headed into the woods, we saw the remains on a cellar (above).  We continued onward, and saw stone walls.  Stone walls in New England just sort of appear in the woods.  They always amaze me...the work that went into putting them together without all the tools we have today.

I was hoping there would be more than just stone walls, and there would be a real furnace and chimney waiting along the path.

We made our way through the woods and came to an opening. This stood is front of us!

The chimney was standing nearby. It was perfect.  It certainly didn't look like it was "forgotten" over a hundred years ago.

The two ovens sit up on a hill above the furnace.
Heading into the oven (I never thought i would type those words).
Looking up!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Thanksgiving Parade...

My love of fall extends beyond Halloween. I love Thanksgiving. I love thinking about all the things I have to be thankful for, turkey and stuffing, pumpkin pie (especially for breakfast, the day after Thanksgiving), watching the parade, seeing Santa at the end. I love it all.

                                                                                                                          Our Thanksgiving celebrations began a little early this year as we visited a nearby parade this past weekend.

The balloons had to "limbo" under the traffic lights.

The Lorax balloon will be making its appearance in cities that are considered "green."  We were so excited to see it.

There were so many giant balloons. I loved hearing everyone shout with excitement when they saw them. The balloon handlers were amazing, and would turn the balloons completely around when the crowd shouted "spin."

I remember seeing the Kermit balloon on television on Thanksgiving morning and being so excited (I loved Kermit).  Even though it is many years later, it was still really great to see him in person.

Friday, November 16, 2012


As you may know from previous posts, I love how different pumpkins can be. I love when they are an unusual shape, have bumps, different colors; anything that makes them unique (although I love a perfect orange round one too!). So, I find gourds pretty awesome because they definitely meet all of those criteria.  They come in so many amazing colors, some have bumps, some have unusual markings; and no two are exactly the same.

When we visited our favorite farm, we found some of the coolest gourds I've ever seen. I managed to find several that I "needed." These are a few of the ones we picked.

We thought this one looked like an octopus.

If I had to pick a favorite, this one wins. It reminds me of a star and its color is amazing.