A light in the forest

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The ice storm of 2008 decimated many of the white pine trees in New Ipswich, NH. I noticed all these fallen trees at the flood control dam site 35 on my daily walk.

A light in the forest by John Poltrack on 500px.com

 

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Peterborough Labyrinth

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For the last couple of years I have been walking a full size recreation of the Chartres Cathedral Labyrinth that is recreated on the floor of the Peterborough, NH Town House. It’s a great way to start off a new year and reflect upon the old.

A Labyrinth is not a maze, there is single path to the center, there are no dead ends and nothing to solve. The act of purposeful walking calms the mind by causing a temporary suspension of left brain activity.

The Chartres labyrinth even looks a bit like a brain with a stem, right and left lobes and a few interconnections.

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Labyrinthus” by SsolbergjOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons.

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Peterborough Labyrinth by John Poltrack on 500px.com
This photo was taken New Years Day 2014

 

Peterborough Labyrinth by John Poltrack on 500px.com
This photo was taken New Years Day 2012, however now they ask that no photos be taken from the floor. There is a balcony available for photographers.

The Peterborough Labyrinth is created by volunteers using cutouts and black tape. The original is constructed of stone in France on the floor of the Chartres Cathedral.

 

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Labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral“. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons.

Witt Road

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Witt Road, IN Jaffrey NH is one of my favorite spots for photography. It offers a westerly view of Mount Monadnock. Just the spot to catch a sunset.  I took this photo in late afternoon in February, 2013. A typical New England wintertime view.

Witt Road by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Witt Road, February 2013

 

New Hampshire Daylily, New Ipswich, NH

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The 154th New Ipswich Children’s Fair will be held on August 15th, 2015 at the New Ipswich Congregational Church at 150 Main Street.

I am the co-chair of the Garden Shop and we’ll be offering a variety of flowers, houseplants, perennials for sale at the Fair. All items are donated by local nurseries and individuals. In the remaining weeks I want to feature some of the merchants who have made donations in past years.

This post features photos of the NH Daylily farm.

NH Daylily
NH Daylily is located at 48 Mason Road in New Ipswich. Please call 603-878-2438 if you would like to schedule a tour of the garden.
Blueberries
Gary and Cathy have a wonderful farm, with vegetables, fruit and honey.
Purple Daylily
The daylilies are field grown. You can purchase flowers and Cathy and pick them up later in fall when temperatures are cooler and more conducive for transplanting.
bi-color daylily
A great selection of named varieties are available. However I was too lazy to label these photos.
Purple daylily
This variety impressed me with the size of the flowers, quite unusual.
Butterfly
Daylilys are one of my favorite perennials. They are colorful, easy to grow, pest free and are attractive to butterflies.
Yellow daylily
At the time of the fair most of the daylilies will NOT be in bloom. However we usually have photos for reference,
Orange Daylilies
The farm is a circa 1800 farmhouse, known in the history books as the Davis-Russell House, was a gift to the Johnsons from our dear friend, Bud, when he passed away in 2007. His parents, Al and Gladys Hobbs purchased the property in the late 1950’s. Al had a passion for daylilies. We believe that Al tried to hybridize new lilies but we have found no records of him registering any new lilies.
Troybuilt Rototiller
Schedule a visit, chat with Cathy and Gary. Visit me at the Children’s Fair and pick up some daylilies.

4th of July Celebration at the New Boston Fairgrounds

New Boston celebrates Independence Day with a parade and a number of events held at the Hillsborough County 4H Fairgrounds in New Boston, NH.

At noon the Molly Stark Cannon is fired much to the delight of the crowd

Molly Stark CannonChicken BBQ always a treatChicken BBQ
And some ice cream for dessert churned by a gasoline engine from 1858


Patrick O’Brien with some miniature horses
Miniature HorsesI had to leave before the mud volleyball match which is very entertaining. They provide an outdoor spigot and hose for the participants.Fourth of July Celebration in New Boston
Mary Poppins marched in the parade,  I met Sister Suffragette at the fairgrounds

“We’re clearly soldiers in petticoatsDauntless crusaders for women’s votes!”

Votes for WomenNothing runs like a DeereJohn Deere
Classic Cars
The ClassicsEngines were simpler back thenEdelbrock

Fourth of July Celebration in New BostonMusic provided  by the Cider Press Band Cider Press Band

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4th of July Parade in New Boston – 2015

Happy Birthday America!

Uncle Sam greets the onlookers at the New Boston, NH annual 4th of July Parade
Uncle Sam
86 New Boston men volunteered to serve in the American Civil War (1861-1865). 29 died in service. Learn more on the New Boston Historical Society webpage.
New Boston Fourth of July parade
The newest town citizen participated in his first parade. The oldest citizen was also in the parade
Arthur E. Welch IV
The terminus of the parade is the Hillsborough 4H Fairgrounds.
Hillsborough 4H
The “Constitution” pumper
The Constitution Pumper
Best view of the parade is on mom’s shoulders
Bird's eye view
What is more Americana than a parade with tractors?
Tractors on Parade
Doing backflips for the crowd
Back Flip
Eat candy and get sprayed from a float
Nemo Float
Never forget
67 Nam