Monthly Archives: January 2011

Doue la Fontaine, Les Chemins de la Rose

 This rose garden is in the Loire Valley so it makes a nice change of pace when you’re there to visit all the old, historic chateaux.  It’s a rose lover’s dream! http://www.cheminsdelarose.com/

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How much snow?

Yes, I’ve ordered seeds and have the lights in place but it’s too early by weeks to plant, even indoors.  These days in central MA my life is defined by the weather to a great degree.  I would not mind the snow if … Continue reading

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Videopress test

Update 1/29/11:  I have moved my Videopress testing to a free page on WordPress.com (see below) because it looks like this might never work. And I don’t want to add too much clutter, here.  At this time, the Videopress support folks are … Continue reading

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Cincopa, tried and failed

Update 2/20/2011.  In spite of all of their reassurances about how there was always a free option, now that my paid two months have run out, they won’t even show the galleries that I made there in  a crippled format.  … Continue reading

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Rosarie du Val-de-Marne, l’Hay les Roses

The archetypical rose garden, designed in the late 1800s by a Parisian businessman, Jules Gravereaux, who loved roses and Edouard Andre, a garden architect; this garden is a return to the structured, symetrical forms of the classical french garden, but on … Continue reading

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The wisdom of buying locally

Reading some interesting discussion about the local foods movement, pro and cons.  An article where economists discuss some of the issues with over-doing it, based on well recognized economic principles  http://www.econlib.org/library/Columns/y2011/LuskNorwoodlocavore.html And another study that counters that to some extent.   … Continue reading

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Bagatelle (and Bolivian bimbos in the Bois de Boulogne)

More Paris gardens for my one follower <smile>  It was very hard to choose from all of my Bagatelle photos on a trip in June of ’03 but not hard to pick what to pull from my trip journal.  It … Continue reading

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Snow Day

This will be fun to watch in hot, steamy July. Remember when a snow day meant you could goof off?  Being able to work from anywhere means you are expected to work from anywhere.  Good thing I usually like my … Continue reading

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Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park

Click here to open the gallery.  Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI. Although I’m from Michigan, my deep appreciation for the role of public gardens blossomed after I moved to Massachusetts.  As I looked to combine garden … Continue reading

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Whenever I’m in Paris

Click here to open the gallery.   I heard myself saying that one day and it stopped me cold.  Born and raised to a barely middle class family in rural Michigan, I grew up thinking that one trip to Europe in my … Continue reading

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