Over in the Summer Land

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I was greeted with a coating of wet snow this morning. Hopefully it won’t freeze into an impenetrable mess. I’m already growing weary of having to wear stabilicers when I take a morning walk.

Today’s photo theme is #CemeterySaturday. There are many interesting older graveyards in New Hampshire and I’m always on the lookout for interesting gravestones and epitaphs.

 

Over in the Summerland by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Over in the Summer Land

 

East Cemetery by John Poltrack on 500px.com

 

Gone Home by John Poltrack on 500px.com

 

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Halloween in New Ipswich

Are we promoting Black Friday already? Sorry we are.

It was a great Halloween this year, I had a nice stint at the Green Center in the morning, followed by an interesting visit to Vale End Cemetery.  Later we had a few trick and treats.

John M Poltrack
I went to a lot of trouble to choose the right costume for my Green Center appearance

Kitty Kitty was in the Halloween Spirit too Ethel gets the prize for the best costume. The “lace” on her sleeves is actually duct tape.Headless I needed a Halloween “Selfie” and this is it.Angelika and John Weber We don’t get many tricksters but we always count on John and Angelika with their son Parker. I really like this portrait shot.

Washburn’s Windy Hill Orchard

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Good morning,

I always enjoy stopping at Windy Hill Orchard to click a few photos. It is a beautiful farm. At first I heard that it was closing but that was in error.  Here is an update.

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Great family place to pick apples and pumpkins, with a view of the Autumn colors

Cow

A mellow cow gives me the look

Windy Hill Orchard

A farm should have some farm animals

End of Apple Season

It was  great year for apples, but no corn maze this year

Windy Hill Orchard

Autumn in New Hampshire

Corn Maze

Corn Patch

Jaffrey Scarecrows on the Common

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Halloween is approaching and Jaffrey, NH has their annual display of scarecrows on the town common.  Here are a few of the many entries.

Scarecrow
A scarecrow that is a crow, how clever is that?
Sweeney Todd
These scarecrows had a clever tie-in with their sponsor, Giley’s Barber Shop
Edward Scissorhands
Johnny Depp sighting in Jaffrey
Sweeny Todd
Yikes
Sweeny Todd
Avoid the meat pies
Farmer Scarecrows
Isn’t this clever?
Scarecrows
Cute baby dragon
A dog scarecrow
A dog scarecrow

Bony Fingers the banjo "man"

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All Souls’ Day (Dia de Muertos)

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Day of the Dead is celebrated on Oct 31st, Nov 1st and Nov 2nd
in connection with the triduum of Allhallowtide

Mexican figurines for the celebration

Skulls both ceramic and sugar are used as part of the ofrenda set at the ritual altars for  Dia de los Muertos celebration

These items were available in a wonderful gift shop in Newburyport Massachusetts

Catrinas 2” by Tomascastelazo – self-made (Picture taken at the Museo de la Ciudad, Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico [1]). Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

CemetarioAlmoloyaRio1995” by AlejandroLinaresGarciaOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

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Happy Halloween – 2014

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Have a great Halloween

Some Halloween fun from Google Doodles

Artists:



One from Dan Piraro

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Halloween Countdown – 2 days to go

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Read about the Hampton Beach Island Path Ghost

Master William K. Batchellor, son of Mr. Josiah and Mrs Ruth Batchellor who died (in consequence of a fall from a horse) August 4, 1811, the day which completed his 13 years.

What a sad 14th birthday this must have been
Gravestone located in New Ipswich, NH

Are UFO abductions real? I think I’m ready for that type of adventure

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Halloween Countdown – 3 days to go

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Read about Pine Hill Cemetery in Hollis, nicknamed “Blood Cemetery”

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One more item about something that really was scary, POLIO
Today marks the 100th birthday of Jonas Salk the researcher that brought the vaccine to the world.
When I was a kid this was the scariest thing that existed, since we knew kids (including one of my cousins) who would get it. We would see images of Iron Lungs and paralyzed kids on TV.

I was a “Polio Pioneer“, one of the children in 1954-55 to participate in the first injections of the vaccine. I wish I had kept the card and pin they gave me.There are people who won’t vaccinate their children, I’m glad my parents weren’t of that mindset.

There are some horror stories about the vaccine though such as the Cutter Incident which show the importance of oversight of industries.

Now back to our regular programming for Halloween

Much is made of the tombstone at Blood Cemetery in Hollis with the finger pointed toward Heaven
New Ipswich has one of these too, wonder if  it downward at night

Assimilation

Classic design for a tombstone
The urn represents the body

Iron work at Center Cemetery

Winter day

New Ipswich, NH

Perhaps our most famous tombstone that I know of

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