Bridgewater, NH and a few local attractions.

by Hillary

So, I thought I’d just let folks know I was still alive and kicking! Summer in NH has been cold, hot, cool, hot, warm, hot and it’s continuing to not follow any particular weather pattern, which is typical for New England.

I’ve mostly been working but I’ve gotten a hell of a garden started, taken Teddy on a few old and new hikes, and have pretty much just enjoyed being here. Paul and Betsy, the RV park owners, are always wonderful and Paul’s been helping me eat the radishes that I’m growing. lol (I’m growing green and yellow beans just for him. After all, it’s his water!)

This is called Painted Trillium. There are a few colors besides this one, including red and white.

Sculptured Rocks Natural Area. Also a local swimming hole favorite.

Up a snowmobile trail near Sculptured Rocks. I love these old ruins.

Cockermouth Ledge Loop is a 1.9 mile lightly trafficked trail in Hebron, NH. This, I’m pretty sure, is called reindeer moss… not that NH is known for it’s reindeers… just it’s lion maned dogs.. 🙂

A view from the Cockermouth Ledge Loop trail.

Another view from the Cockermouth Ledge Loop trail.

The stream at the beginning of Cockermouth Ledge Loop.

From the Manning Trail near Mount Cardigan, Bristol NH. I’m not in shape enough to complete the full 6.5 mile trail yet… lol… but I’ll get there! I made it to the top at least 1/2 dozen times when I was here last and I’ll do the same this year! Fall is absolutely the best time.

Cardigan Mountain and the fire tower at the top. Teddy and I saw a small black bear, a grouse, and a doe all within 5 minutes of each other. Teddy barked at the bear, ran from the grouse, and chased the deer. *sigh

This is the biggest clump of Pink Lady’s Slippers I’ve ever seen. They’re under the Native Plant Protection Act… so no digging up!

And finally, my fabric planters/pots I bought on Amazon. This picture was taken 3 weeks ago. I went a bit crazy and planted strawberries, eggplant, peppers, zucchini, yellow squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, sunflowers, green and yellow beans, cantaloupes, lots of herbs, lettuce, fennel, arugula, swiss chard, beets, and radishes, and carrots…

This was taken today. Dang things are growing like weeds! LOL!

 

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8 comments

Larry & Marianne Williams June 18, 2020 - 1:20 pm

Hi! As always, we love reading your blog and viewing your gorgeous photos! New Hampshire looks amazing- so green! And how well your “garden” is growing! So glad you have Teddy!
We left Arizona June 1st and are enjoying our home here in southwestern Colorado. It has been very dry and windy, but still is green and beautiful. The June wildflowers have been gorgeous. Dogs Mandy and Lacey keep us busy walking and playing ball! WE will always remember your stay with us a few years a go.! You are welcome
anytime! Enjoy the summer and fall in the Northeast! Take Care.

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Hillary June 18, 2020 - 2:36 pm

Hi Marianne!
It’s always lovely to hear from you! I think about my trip to your place quite often. I’m definitely going to have to bring Teddy so he can meet Mandy and Lacey! Only problem is, if I stop by for a visit you’ll never get rid of me!
Enjoy your summer!
Hugs!

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Dog Park Margaret June 18, 2020 - 4:54 pm

To TED from Teddy … future instructions: Run from the bear, bark at the deer, chase the grouse.

To Hillary: from dog park Margaret: I’d say you have a good chance of becoming a vegan with that garden. I see Ratatouille and Calabacitas in your future. Have you grown any watermelon radishes? They are lovely and can be pickled.

Lovely photos as always … rocks, mountains, water, trees, flowers … oh my.

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Hillary June 19, 2020 - 7:37 am

TED says… “Now, he tells me…” lol!

Hi Margaret! I think I have enough vegetables growing to feed half the RV park… lol! Definitely some Ratatouille and Calabacitas in my future… and lots of cucumber sandwiches! Hope you’re doing well!

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Barbara Mansfield June 19, 2020 - 12:45 pm

Trilliums, Lady Slippers. And GREEN! So jealous. Hotter than hell here and the fires still burning. I love those fabric planters, but I wonder if they’d work here. Do you think the excessive “dry” would make it impossible to keep roots moist? I’m actually watering my tiny lawn twice a day because it’s been so windy. Windy dry, hot. You can have your ups and downs in NH, but it’s always better than the “same” in Tucson.

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Hillary June 22, 2020 - 5:58 am

Hi Barbara,
Those fabric planters would dry out too quickly for Arizona weather. I find I have to water them heavily every day here. I’m not missing the dry desert heat… but I am missing the cooler Oregon coast weather! lol

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Michele June 30, 2020 - 6:15 pm

Love all the greenery. I actually bought tickets to NYS for next month, but Cuomo told me to stay home.

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Hillary July 1, 2020 - 6:51 am

Cuomo’s telling a lot of people to stay home… but if I’m stuck here for a while, it’s not a bad place to be. 😉

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