Saturday, April 28, 2012

#383: Daffodil Weekend on Nantucket

This is it,
the weekend that ushers in the summer.
The celebration of joyous daffodil blossoms.
Only there aren't any.
The thousands of bulbs on the Milestone Road
blossomed weeks ago.
Oh, there are a few left but not many.
The lack of actual daffodils doesn't stop the party:

 Mother/daughter bikes outside the Stop and Shop.

Glidden's Island Seafood lobster and oysters...

 Billy Sherry provided an I-beam daffodil at the roundabout.

The Nantucket Arts Council invited various island groups 
to make their own daffodils.
This one is by the Boys' and Girls' club

This one by Wee Whalers pre-school

Tissue paper makes lovely Narcissus. 

A carnival of creative color.
Happy Daffy Day.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

#382: Off-season parking

Ahh it's a lovely thing to park the car 
off-island in the winter:
Plenty of space.

Nice low rates.

Hilltop is our favorite. 
Right across from the Steamship.
They let us park the car in front
so we can get out easily, night or day.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

#381: Clover Blissed Chickens

Chickens need fresh food, not just pellets.
All winter they get table scraps to supplement their pellets,
Come spring they get the clover we planted for them last fall:
Look closely,
on the left is their winter yard. Completely devoid of greenery.
They've pecked and scratched it bare. 
But on the right--red clover.
An entire yard of it:


 Chicken bliss,

 Wifi telling our other cochin, Flashdrive, to come on over.

This milk crate protected the last of the clover.
It took them 3 days to eat the whole yard down to stems:

from 6" tall to stubble.

Luna, Tweedledee and Sadie finish the job.
We are now collecting over a dozen eggs a day.

Thanks, ladies.

Monday, April 23, 2012

#380: Steamship Authority Origami

In the off-season, it's kinda quiet at the
Steamship Authority terminal:
Mr. Nobody waiting for the ferry.

The creative folk at the Hyannis terminal
decorated with origami.

First it was cranes

Then stars

and flowers

Then butterflies swarming up the posts.
Daffodil weekend is coming up,
none too soon for the active minds
and hands of the Steamship Authority.
Thanks for the winter whimsy.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

#379: Earth Day

Earth Day is best celebrated
by getting outside and enjoying the day.

With your family and neighbors,
even in raincoats.

Add a truck to haul the sorting barrels--six of them!

 full of trash you and those same neighbors picked up

along with an itsy-bitsy spider

Being out in God's creation gives one a chance
to enjoy its beauty--mayflowers in the pine needles.


Thanks, neighbors.
We got it done in 2 hours,
working together.
(And thanks to Peter and Adam at the other end 
of the road--they got plenty more)


Thursday, April 19, 2012

#378: Atheneum: A Place of Culture

Elegant, isn't it?
The fluted columns, the magnolia in bloom.

(Click on picture to enlarge)

Leading to the dismemberment of innocent Peeps.
Here are my favorites of 60(!) entries:

 Lord of the Peeps, note the arrow in the front Peep's head.

Charlotte's Web: Some Peep.

The Story about Peeps.

Harry Peeper and the Goblet of Fire,
how I wish they'd done the dragon scene.

The Peep of the Wild.
Peeps pulling a sled. Genius.

The Princess and the Peep.

And my favorite:
Great Expeeptations.
Don't you just love that cobwebby cake?
The Peeps, of course, will remain the same forever.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

#377: Peeper Pan

It wasn't my idea.
The librarians in this town
will do anything to get folks to read.
No chance of a boring winter at the Atheneum.
This week's fun:
Literary Peeps.
Make a peep diorama of a book you love.

We chose Peter Pan, by J.M. Barrie.
The classic yellow peep up top is Tinkerbell,
fairy wings courtesy of our chickens.

Appropriate Peep art on the walls.

Peeper Pan flying around,
Newfoundland Nana barking.

 Wendy, Michael, and Michael's teddy.
John is flying.
Off to Neverland!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

#376: Good folk making democracy work

this is boring..i want labtop :) wuv you
(This is what a blogger with teens has to endure.)
It takes dozens of folk to staff an election.
Somebody had to dig out the table covers,
then draw lines using a ruler through each voter's name.
Then smile and give out the 'I Voted' stickers.
 Someone has to put the ballots properly into the machine.
Someone has to supervise.
Democracy works best under supervision.

Someone has to wave at the voters,
supporting their candidate.

Even if they're shy.

Afterwards, someone has to disassemble
the voting booths. In this case, our sheriff.
Behind every smiling candidate are many, many
anonymous workers.
Thank you.
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