Monthly Archives: May 2017

HERITAGE AND THE PAST IN THE BLACKSTONE VALLEY

MY FAVE PLACE TO LIVE AND WORK! 🙂

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THURSDAY’S SPECIAL: TRACES OF THE PAST Y3-05


The entire Blackstone River Valley is a National Historic Corridor . A lot of people don’t realize that we are “one step removed” from a national park and have a good many of the same protections. Many of these opportunities are not enforced, though not from unwillingness. More like “not enough money.”

Photo: Marilyn Armstrong

Photo: Garry Armstrong

One of the most lovely and historic parts of the valley is the Blackstone Canal.

Photo: Marilyn Armstrong

Photo: Marilyn Armstrong

Photo: Marilyn Armstrong  – The trail along the canal was originally the path used by horses while pulling barges

The Blackstone river was the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution. In the early 1800s, it was, mile-for-mile, the busiest, most hard-working river in America. Over its 46-mile course, it drops 438 feet — farther than the Colorado River falls through the entire Grand Canyon. By 1790 the…

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SHARING MY WORLD – MIDDLE OF MAY

TONIGHT LOOKED NEARLY LIKE THAT BOTTOM PICTURE—IN WORCESTER, MA!

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Share Your World – May 15, 2017


How many languages do you speak?

One and two halves. I used to sort of speak Hebrew, but now I can only understand it when someone else speaks it. I used to read French well enough to get through the entire Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel “Les Misérables.”

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I never really spoke French, though I could read it. I tried to get to France which I was sure would have improved my speaking skills, but alas, it was not to be. So mostly, unless I’m listening to a French song, or watching a movie in French, it’s English. All English, all the time.

What are you reading, watching, listening to, eating?

I’m reading Richard Kadrey’s “The Wrong Dead Guy” in the living room, but in the bedroom, I’m reading “Open and Shut” which is a courtroom and crime…

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SUMMERTIME – MAY IN THE MIDDLE

AYE-YUH–SOUNDS ABOUT THE WAY IT WAS HERE IN WORCESTER COUNTY, ALONG THE BLACKSTONE AND MUMFORD RIVERS!!! 😀

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Photo: Garry Armstrong

This is how it works in New England. It starts with winter. Which may begin as early as September, but more typically gets moving around Thanksgiving … but may hold off until late January. The worst winter we ever had (that was measurable) started January 29, 2015. We hadn’t had so much as a serious flurry.

From the end of January until March, we were hit by just about 12 feet of snow. That is a lot of snow, no matter how you count it or what measurements you use. Other years, we’ve gotten significant snow in early November and not seen the ground until the following April.

Photo: Garry Armstrong

About spring. It’s our most ephemeral season. Many years, we go directly from winter to summer without a weekend to go buy a bathing suit. The first year I spent in New England, the temperature hit 90 degrees…

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Culture & Cuisine

YUMMM-YUMM!!!

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New England colonies

  • seafood, dairy, pies, beans, turkey, game, maple syrup, cranberries, potatoes, seasonal food

Pennsylvania Dutch

  • soups, egg noodles, broth, pot roast, sauerkraut, pork, sausage , ginger bread, apples

Southern colonies

  • sweet potatoes,grits, okra, bread pudding, fried green tomatoes, pit barbeque, fried chicken, stuffed ham, corn bread, cobbler

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THE CHANGING SEASONS: MAY 2017

HEY…I KNOW A LOT OF THESE LOCATIONS! BEING PRACTICALLY NEXT DOOR!!! 🙂 GREAT POST!

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THE CHANGING SEASONS – MAY AND SUMMER HAVE ARRIVED!

Spring is a fickle season in New England. It’s common for us to not get spring weather. It stays cold, wet, and generally nasty until suddenly, in the middle of May, summer happens.

You leave the house in the morning to do a little shopping, and when you come out of the grocery, summer arrived. That the way it happened this year and it is absolutely lovely outside now.

THE RIVER AND THE CANAL

Usually, May is the herald of summer in this region. Around the middle of the month, the cold, windy, damp air blows away and the flowers bloom. In a good year, it’s sort of perfect. Warm, dry, and bright.

THE GARDEN – EARLY MAY

And so it was. The warm days blew in. Except this is going to be another year of Gypsy Moths, so the beauty…

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