Saturday, July 24, 2010

Colors of July

We've had a hot, sunny, beautiful month of July.

Every month, I invite all of you to participate in the colors of the month.

To join in, please create a blog post highlighting colors wherever you are in the month of July.

Your pictures will provide inspiration for creative people all over the world, and will give us all a glimpse into your life.

You can almost see the humidity! Ugh!

Just add a link to your blog post below. And please link back to this post from your blog so people can find all of the colors from around the world!

Doesn't this shrub have beautiful bark? No idea what type of tree or shrub it is.

Enjoy the rest of July!!!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Phoebes Launched!

Early in the morning, 3 baby birds sat in the phoebe nest, one perched right on the edge.

We walked Bailey and his canine best friend.

When we returned,

two phoebes in the nest.

For the rest of the day, only one adult bird was near the nest. It spent less time feeding the birds in the nest than usual.

At dinner time, the two remaining phoebes flew from the nest all the way across the patio to the safety of the trees.

Yay! They're launched!!!

That phoebe pair worked super hard this summer raising two clutches of chicks. Hopefully they're regaining strength for their upcoming migration.

Related posts:
Crowded nest on Tuesday
Incubating the first clutch

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

It's Crowded in Here!

The second clutch of chicks in the phoebe nest on our patio must be about to fly the coop.

Look at this crowded nest!!

Notice the open beaks.

The two adult phoebes have been hard at work catching flying insects to feed these guys.

I predict they'll leave the nest soon. This time I will be sure Bailey is not outside chasing phoebes during their first flights!!

The little phoebe Bailey pursued back in May made it to safety, but not without some tense moments for the phoebe parents and me! (Bailey, a bird-dog through and through, thought it was the best thing ever!)

Monday, July 5, 2010

Walking Tour of Hampton


In May, we took a walking tour of Hampton, NH with the Hampton Historical Society.

Town Seal

Europeans first called the area Winnacunnet Plantation in 1638, but it was renamed Hampton in 1639.

Lane Memorial Library
Built in 1910

The area supported a small village of farmers and fishermen thanks to extensive salt marshes which were great for grazing or making hay, and plentiful cod.

First Congregational Church
Founded in 1638 Built this church in 1844

The town did not have a deep water port, or much river power, so it did not develop an economy based on shipping or mills like so many other towns in the Seacoast.

Hampton Academy
Incorporated in 1818
Built this school in 1940

Many of the buildings in Hampton were moved as the downtown area shifted with the arrival of trolleys and railroads. Before electric wires, it was fairly common to move buildings.

What's that above the doorway?

A Gargoyle!

Faith Community Advent Christian Church
Built in 1871

Hampton is known today for its beaches. Tourism in Hampton began in 1840 when the railroad arrived.

It was interesting to visit a local town that has developed differently from many of the towns that had mills and developed along a more industrial path. Even small differences in geography can make big differences in how an area develops.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy Fourth of July!

In the US, we often celebrate Independence Day with cookouts and gatherings of family and friends.

Many towns or cities have fireworks.

Fortunately, for my blog, Portsmouth, NH has fireworks on July 3.

Moffatt-Ladd House (Built in 1763)
Home of William Whipple
One of three signers of the Declaration of Independence from New Hampshire

I hope you've had a safe and happy Fourth of July, wherever you live!!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Welcome July!

Thanks for sharing your colors for the month of June! I love to see how your part of the world looks each month!

Here's a glimpse of June around the world through the lenses of some of my favorite bloggers:

  1. Fiberewetopia
  2. Odettes Colours of June
  3. From Australia
  4. 5 Acres & A Dream
  5. A Winding Thread
  6. Fiberholics
  7. Camp Runamuck June Colors
  8. Colours of June in the Thompson River Valley of southern British Columbia
  9. Saras garden
  10. Sorry I missed May! Here are my June colours from the south of the UK.
  11. The colour red in June in Dublin Ireland
  12. Colors of June from the High Desert
  13. Count me in from the Pacific NW!
  14. De kleuren van juni
  15. Colours of the month - June
  16. Mary, being even more contrary than usual, in Long Eaton, Derbyshire.

These gardens are at The House of the Seven Gables in Salem, MA.

I attended a lecture about a new line of quilting fabrics from Blue Hill Fabrics that celebrates 100 years of preservation at the House of the Seven Gables. The fabrics were inspired by wall-coverings and other textiles in the house's collection.

The fabrics will available worldwide later this year, including at Marketplace Quilts in Salem, MA. They had the first test pieces of fabric at the lecture, and they were beautiful. The photos on their website don't do them justice!

Time to start taking photos for the colors of July!!

Related posts:
Colors of May
Colors of April
Colors of March
Colors of February
Colors of January
Colors of December
Colors of November
Colors of late October