Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Monday, June 28, 2010

Happy Birthday . . .

Nine years ago today my youngest son was born . . .

You have grown into a great little guy in such a short time - I'm really proud of you!

Happy Birthday!!

Dead of Night Ghost Tour . . .

Last night I took my youngest son on a Dead of Night Ghost Tour in Plymouth, Massachusetts.  For a paranormal fan, it was a great time!  We started at the Plymouth waterfront and were met by the tour owners and their 15 year old Pug, Boo (my son thought Boo was one of the best parts of the evening!).  We picked up our lanterns and embarked on our tour.

We walked through some of the oldest neighborhoods in Plymouth, and listened to tales that had been told to our guide by previous occupants of the homes and buildings.  One of the first tales was of a beautiful building that is now condominiums and retail space that had previously been a tavern and a hotel.  Last year the ground floor of this building was occupied by a dress store - the owners finally gave up and moved because they arrived in the morning several times to find the mannequins had been undressed during the night.  Owners of the residential units claimed to hear women arguing during the night - when they were alone in the building.  There are currently two real estate for sale signs on this building . . . I wonder why?!!

We moved on to Burial Hill, a cemetery located on top of a hill overlooking the town and harbor.  Walking around in complete darkness in a graveyard is a little creepy.  We visited the graves of some of the earliest residents of Plymouth and learned about their lives.  The guides encouraged us to take photos into the darkness to try to capture spirits.  I took one photo that had a circular pattern of orbs that could be a group of spirits.

We walked through one area where the guides told us people cameras and electronic devices have acted strangely in the past.  While in this area I tried to take a photo looking back up the hill, as there was a feeling that there was someone looking at us.  Unfortunately, my camera would not operate!  Normally the only time I get the "busy" message on my camera is when I am deleted photos from the card - but in this section it came up on my screen every time I tried to take a photograph.  Once we left this certain section - it was fine!

If you like the paranormal and want to learn a little about the local history of Plymouth, spend an evening with Dead of Night Ghost Tours.  They offer a few different tours, and also hold paranormal "ghost hunting" expeditions in local homes.  But beware . . .  you never know what you might see!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Wordless Wednesday . . .

An inviting place to sit and think at Pratt Farm in Middleborough, Massachusetts!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Garden Update . . .

Since I last reported, my garden is thriving!  I was nervous because I planted late from seed but everything seems to be doing well.  We visited last night as a family to water and weed (but as you will see from the photos I need to go back and weed again as the bugs were too much for the kids!) and it was a fun way to spend the evening of the Summer Solstice.

The garden is a fun summer project.  I've met some of my gardening neighbors, and enjoy the birds and animals I see during my visits - everything from red wing blackbirds, pheasants and woodchucks!  During one visit I met a police officer and her dog, and learned they bring the dogs to the fields for search training.

Hopefully in my next update I will have picture of veggies!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Plimoth Plantation . . .

Do you ever wish you could go back in time and see how people lived in the 1600s?  Time travel isn't possible, but a trip to Plimoth Plantation can give you a glimpse of how people lived during those times.

Plimoth Plantation is a "living museum" that recreates the settlement established by English colonists in 1627.  It contains replicas of the building and homes these colonists lived in, along with people who reenact some of the actual settlers.  The residents can be seen building, cooking and farming - doing the same things they would have during the early days.  They speak, act and dress as if they were still in the 1600s and you are just a visitor to their time.  During my visit a few weeks ago, I asked a woman if what she was wearing (a rather heavy dress) was something that would have been worn during the summer months in the colony; she quickly replied that those were her clothes - what else should she be wearing?!

At the Wampanoag village,  you can see Native Americans building canoes, tending gardens and cooking food typical of the time period (some of the kids I was with were rather upset to see a rabbit turning on a spit over a fire).  In this part of the museum you can also learn about family life for the Wampanoags, and it was interesting to learn how different life was - children were very respectful to their parents and other elders, there was no domestic violence, and the elderly were treated with reverence.  Unlike in the English settlement, the residents are dressed in period clothing, but speak to you like people of this era.

Another interesting part of Plimoth Plantation is the Crafts Center where many of the objects used in the village exhibits are created and repaired.  Visitors can see some beautiful wood pieces being crafted, along with various textiles such as rugs and clothing.  There is a store adjacent to the Crafts Center where some of the objects can be purchased.

If you are fortunate enough to visit during the Fall, Plimoth Plantation offers a Thanksgiving meal with the residents of the English Village, where you can dine on foods that were eaten during the first Thanksgiving, and find out about what really happened at the harvest celebration of 1621.

During the upcoming summer months, take a trip back in time to Plimoth Plantation!  The museum is located three miles south of Plymouth Center, and is open March 20 through November 29, 7 days a week.  Along with the museum, you can also visit the replica of the Mayflower which is located in Plymouth Harbor.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Wordless Wednesday . . .

I'm finally back on track - Happy Wordless Wednesday!!

The "Moo-Flower" at Plimouth Plantation in Plymouth, Massachusetts

Saturday, June 5, 2010

So Many Things To Do . . . So Little Time!!

Where does the time go?  This time of year is so busy - end of year school activities, field trips, gardening, sports - trying to fit in time to blog has been so difficult for the past week!  I have lots of entries - only no time to type them!  Not updating for an entire week - I so ashamed! I even missed doing my "Wordless Wednesday" entry, which only takes about 10 minutes!  I'm hoping to get back on schedule after today, which is going to be another day of hectic activity. 

Have a nice weekend!!