Sewed on Saturday

I had cut out the body of this dress, and it languished by the machine until I HAD to get it done on Saturday – we were to wear bright clothing to honor a friend at the garden party that was her memorial. So Saturday morning I cut out pockets for it, and sewed it up – the hem is long, long, long! This is the same design as the gray-green dress I made in May, the same front and back so that I can just throw it on and go. Pockets for my phone and whatever. Light and summery. I’m actually finding I wear the first dress a couple of times a week; I’ve worn it to things like my uncle’s memorial, and thrown it over my bathing suit as a cover. I’m wearing it now, in fact, sitting getting this blog post out! The flowered one won’t get that much use, as it’s synthetic fabric, but it was perfect for yesterday’s Celebration of Life garden party. So, sew and wear the same day. 

I will honor my friends by posting a photo of the cardinals and nest that are along the entrance to the road up to where the party was held. It’s a great symbol for the love and kindness shared by this couple over 52 or so years of marriage.

Kayaking Mascoma Lake with ORFS, 6/21

Tuesday, June 21: Outdoor Recreation for Seniors was out again – on an overcast and unseasonably cool day, on Mascoma Lake in Enfield, New Hampshire. Our group was more scattered than usual – people went in at least four different directions. It’s a larger lake than we usually paddle; some went up the river that feeds it, some went north, some south.

The above bridge, to one of the islands, marked my turning point. From there (after ducking to clear the bridge!) some of us headed west, to the other shore, a little south of where the historical Enfield Shaker Museum (https://shakermuseum.org/) is. Here, the cupola of the six story Great Stone Dwelling is visible through the trees.

Along the way, whimsy was evident:

The group I was mostly with only covered a little over three miles in the two hours we were out – we were too busy talking! Others went further. Then it was back to the parking lot, where we pulled out our lunches and visited more!

Kayaking Narraguagus Bay, Return

Wednesday, June 15: After landing kayaks on the beach yesterday, I needed to bring mine back around to the regular landing, where it’s a much easier carry up to the house (and the Roadtrek!) Aiming for high tide would make landing easier, so I set out well before the tide would be highest. First I paddled around the point, and out toward Pinkham Island where we’d been the day before. Wind was funneling through the slot between pieces of land, so I paddled back to the cove with the beach, and paddled around that – and that’s where the above photo was taken. If you zoom in, you can see the fish jumping – a school of menhaden (pogies) was being chased by seals. This is the first visit I’ve been able to observe this, but we saw it several times; the seals would push the school of fish (the dark area) into more shallow water, and they would try to escape becoming food by leaping from the water by the dozens. Or hundreds! I never did get a good photo of one of the seals, although we saw them many times.

Along the shore there were more lupines:

With more time before the tide was at its highest, I went as far up the creek as I could:

and then down, before hauling out on the flooded grasses.

My friends the homeowners have made some improvements since my last visit; the terns along the deck channel water away from the house quite effectively. I could have gotten a photo of them doing that – if I’d wanted to go out with my camera in the pouring rain! And I like how the shadows hit the columns when the  sun is right. There’s also a new weathervane on the roof.

On Thursday I headed for home, and will end with one photo taken from along the road – another fish! (A rockfish??) This one is high and dry, not far from Conway, New Hampshire.

ORFS at Bradley Lake, New Hampshire

Tuesday, June 7: Another Tuesday, and Outdoor Recreation for Seniors (ORFS) was out again, this time to Bradley Lake in Andover, New Hampshire. It was a glorious day, and 17 of us were out in kayaks, with another few walking, going around the lake and then eating lunch on the shore when we returned.

One couple has a pair of super squirt water guns; in theory they only spray each other, but sometimes others get caught in the crossfire! When I was overheating, about 3/4 of the way around the lake, I requested (and received) a spray of cooling water.

Fish eggs? frog eggs? Some kind of eggs!

Kayaking With ORFS

Tuesday, May 31: If it’s Tuesday, the ORFS (Outdoor Recreation for Seniors) must be on the water. Today we had a few walkers, 14 kayaks and a sailboat on Lake Sunapee in New Hampshire. It was a beautiful day, with enough of a breeze to kick up whitecaps.

I hope this imitation Victorian has an elevator – it looked like five floors of living space! I do like the tower space, with its walkway.

Workboat leaving the harbor

Flowers Go, and Flowers Come

When I left on my most recent trip at the beginning of May, the daffodils were just hitting their stride. When I returned two and a half weeks later, the Narcissus poeticus is the only one still blooming. But a lot of other flowers are showing up – the lilacs, 

violets,

and forget-me-nots

are what are currently blooming in my yard.

I was kayaking today, the first day out with Outdoor Recreation for Seniors (ORFS), and the blueberries, both high and low bush, were blooming at Kezar Lake in New Hampshire.

Train Travel

It’s a little over 100 miles from where I live to visit my sister and brother-in-law – and for less than I can fill my car with gas, I could purchase a round trip ticket on Amtrak. So today I caught the train in Claremont, New Hampshire, and they picked me up in Essex Junction. One good thing about train travel: I was able to knit. When I wasn’t looking at the scenery, that is! I came within a few rows of finishing the sweater for my cousin, and that will happen tomorrow.

I usually get photos of this covered bridge from the water – one place I launch the kayak is just up the river from it.

Train station, White River Junction, Vermont

Kayaking Little Lake Sunapee

The Outdoor Recreation for Seniors group is done kayaking as a group for the season – but I am not! Today’s outing was converted to hiking, because the long range forecast called for high winds. Another ORFS participant and I decided to go to a smaller lake anyway, and had a great time – despite it being mostly cloudy, and mildly windy.

There was not a lot of wildlife – we saw a couple of skeins of geese, and one shy loon.

Knitting Completed – and Turkeys!

Driving out to our Quaker Meetinghouse, I had to stop for these turkeys, of which there were about 25 – and once I had stopped, they were in no hurry to move on! I should have taken the white papers off the dashboard for better photo quality, though.

And our rustic 1820 Meetinghouse makes a great background for photos – I like how the bright striped yarn contrasts with the backgrounds. This cell phone pocket was requested by a friend in Maryland, who watched me finish up those bright socks recently posted. The cord was crocheted onto the sides of the pocket, and I used I-cord to make the strap and button loop. Another yarn out of my stash – although I had to use a bit of yellow from another project to finish the flap. And my camera looks like it’s winking at you!