Cathedral of the Pines – Rindge, NH


I didn’t take as many pictures as I usually do at Cathedral of the Pines – it seemed like an interruption of the place.    It’s a non-denominational open air cathedral dedicated to the men and women of the armed forces.     It’s also incredibly peaceful, and just a lovely place.

One thing I did find particularly touching is their bell tower – it’s a monument of the service and sacrifices of women, both civilians and in the services.    The art was created by Norman Rockwell, and cast by his son Peter.    There are monuments to the civilian women of the world wars, the women of the services of the world wars, Clara Barton, and pioneer women.   It’s just a lovely tribute.


Garden Notes

Had my first two harvests over last weekend – more salad turnips than you can shake a stick at, and the first load of kale.    I have about a half dozen turnips left in the ground that were a bit smaller.     They should be ready in a week or so.    Turns out to be a great use of space – the winter squash I planted the turnips around are just getting big enough to fill in that edge space.

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First cornflower of the season.

It’s the weird between time for the gardens – things are starting to fill in, but aren’t really there yet.    The above is the community garden plot – it’s filling in a bit more noticeably than the pots at home.    I’m waiting for the peas to start blooming.   It really should be any time now.

I think I made a miscalculation at home.    I needed to stop using the tomato grow bags – they’re pretty blight ridden at this point.    Because of the size, I thought they’d be great for greens.     However, they either let go of the water way too fast, or the black color just isn’t working.    I can’t keep either the Swiss chard or collard wet enough.   This year may be a bit of a bust, greens-wise, at home.   Oh well.    They’re at least easy to buy at the store – I just like having my own when I can.

Cryoburn – Lois McMaster Bujold

ad2da9f7f0619fc596d7a576667434f414f4141The planet Kibou-daini is obsessed with cryonics – any member of population can expect to be frozen before or just after death (depending on how much you can pay, of course), and these not quite dead citizens still feature in the voting rights of where they’re stored. When one of the cryo-companies tries to expand into the Barrayaran Empire, the Emperor smells something fishy, and sends Miles Vorkosigan in to sniff around.

Naturally, Miles uncovers a whole heap of trouble, which ends up being centered around a boy who loves animals, his missing, frozen mother, and the strange outlaw cryonics community he’s managed to find a home in. The story’s hard to describe if you’re not in the middle of it, but definitely makes you think about how we view death, and how that might change if it went away, or even appeared to go away. I can always count on these books to be interesting.


English Wildflowers

I normally publish my wildflower photos on my other blog, but that’s really for local flowers.    When I was in England, I definitely took plenty of wildflower photos, so I’m going to publish them here, in the style I would normally do on the other site.    This is probably going to be a work in progress, because my references are not as good as what I’ve built up for New England, so I have a bunch still to identify.

It’s fun to see what we have that’s come over here, and what has not made the journey.

Germander Speedwell, Veronica chamaedrys, Plantaginaceae
Common Daisy, Bellis perennis, Asteraceae
Bulbous Buttercup, Ranunculus bulbosus, Ranunculaceae
Red Campion, Silene dioica, Caryophyllaceae
Ribwort Plaintain, Plantago lanceolata, Plantaginaceae
Common Comfrey, Symphytum officinale, Boraginaceae
Herb Robert, Geranium robertianum, Geraniaceae
Greater Celandine, Chelidonium majus, Papaveraceae
Black Medick, Medicago lupulina, Fabaceae
Ox Eye Daisy, Leucanthemum vulgare, Asteraceae
Elder, Sambucus nigra, Adoxaceae
Wood Avens, Geum urbanum, Rosaceae
Wild Oregano, Origanum vulgare, Lamiaceae
White Campion, Silene latifolia, Plantaginaceae
Water Forgot Me Not, Myosotis scorpioides, Boraginaceae
White Clover, Trifolium repens, Fabaceae
Hoary Cress, Lepidium draba, Brassicaceae
Red Clover, Trifolium pratense, Fabaceae
Hedge Bedstraw, Galium mollugo, Rubiaceae
Bugle, Ajuga reptans, Lamiaceae
Cow Parsnip, Heracleum sphondylium, Apiaceae
Dame’s Rocket, Hesperis matronalis, Brassicaceae


Wood Forget-me-Not, Myosotis sylvatica, Boraginaceae

Oxford (1-10)
Hampton Court (11-14)
Regent’s Canal (15-17)
Kew Gardens (18-20)
Chiswick House (21-24)