Posts Tagged ‘Life in New England’

Snow & Then Some

October 30th, 2011 by zoe 3 Comments

We hurried & we scurried yesterday in preparation for the big October snow storm to hit. Yesterday we did our best to button things down, bring in the wood, ready the farm animals, find the garden hoses buried in the snow, dig out the toys, put away the lawn furniture, prepare for the prospect of loosing power for several days — all the boring chores of November packed into one day.

The snow came down in thick sheets, for hours and hours it piled high. The snow piled up over 2 feet high!!

Snowflakes didn’t flutter they seemed to race from the sky.  The power wavered but luckily stayed with us.

After spending most of Sunday shoveling out from under the thick blanket of snow I headed out the door for a ski. Trudge trudge trudge…. a bit to thick to call it a ski but it’s always so peaceful to be in the woods after a big storm.  The oak and ash trees have not yet lost their bright fall leaves, Winter snow piled thick into the crooks of the tree’s, and the woods rustled with sounds of Fall. So odd and wonderous to have the two season blended together.


October in New England

October 28th, 2011 by zoe 4 Comments

We interrupt our regular programing to bring you -


Snow in October, well I never?

With all these weird weather patterns I can only wonder what the year might bring.

I am hoping for a day at the lake in March!!

Climbing Views

October 21st, 2011 by zoe No Comments

Once in a while we manage to squeeze in a warm and sunny day of rock climbing with big fall views.


Apple Pie and Pancakes

October 2nd, 2011 by zoe No Comments

Holy cow am I busy right now. Still,

I manage to get into a bit of mischief because whenever I am supposed to be doing something I inevitably have SO much fun doing … something else.

It’s been a week of perfect pancakes and apple pies.

Sewing, sewing, sewing and more sewing while sitting on my newly painted and upholstered chair.

Sewing and sewing some MORE under the light of my newly painted and hung studio light, a gift from my talented  friend Carla Caruso. So much better than a bare bulb!

Scheming about when to harvest the grapes from the grape arbor and turn them into Grape Jam.

Oh, and having a bit of fun with Modge Podge.

I hope in all your busy busy you find time to get into a bit of fun mischief too!

Rock Collecting

September 30th, 2011 by zoe No Comments

The weather dipped warm again and we headed for a bike ride to our favorite river spot to picnic, swim and gather rocks.

From the Civil War until the 1930′s this river was used to power grist, corn and saw mills. Now there are just remnants of the old foundations covered in moss. Nature has taken all those years of industry back and there is just a trace of what were once bustling factories.

As we ride down the old road I cant help but think of the stories this brook could tell.  We have been doing a lot of projects with stones lately and here as the base of this little waterfall we find the most lovely river rocks.

River rocks perfect for our fun number and letter games.

Out in the Backyard

September 27th, 2011 by zoe 2 Comments

We live in a tiny little town, what it lacks in population it makes up for in pride.

September brings apples, fall leaves and …. The Ashfield Film Fest. Yocals young and old are invited to create a 5 minute film that celebrates life in our little village. Entries are judged and awarded prizes at the big film fest shindig held in the old town hall.

This little film was done in our backyard and my little guys definitely steal the show.

You Don’t Have To Go To Colorado

It’s a big backyard. We bike, run,  ski and snowshoe there.

We make the most of this country living by adventuring right out the back door. Over the years the Mr. has built several miles of trails that wind through the woods with a few bike stunts too! Trail building around here borders on obsession, now our friends and neighbors have started to build trails and link them together. We love living in the woods and try our best to enjoy all it’s adventures.


My boys have been hiking out there since they could walk. Now they ride their “run bikes” on the trails and get into the action with the rest of us. I think these bikes have been their favorite toy for the last 2 years and I can’t say enough about how fantastic balance bikes are for little ones. There are lots of brands out there to choose from – wood ones, metal ones, super posh designer ones. My boys ride Strider bikes and they have worked out wonderfully for us.

Everywhere we go folks ask us about them and now all their little friends have them too! Some of the features we really dig about these particular bikes is they are super adjustable so a 2-year-old and a tall 5-year-old can ride them, they are metal and can take a rain storm without worries and they are CRAZY light making them easy to maneuver for small kids but also helpful if … your little rider has a full throttle melt down miles from the car and you wind up having to carry their bike(s)! I am not super into product pushing but we seriously LOVE these bikes. Even now that my boys ride two wheelers they still use their Strider bikes for trips to the skate park, mountain biking and fun at The Kingdom Trails pump track.

So many trails, so much fun to be had in the big woodsy backyard!