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Red, Purple, and Chicken Pot Pie

Posted by mrssmythe on September 20, 2017 in Baking, CPT's Lens, Critters, Garden, Seasons, Week in Review |

Lots of red in the landscape these days – from the crabapples in the grocery store parking lot… to the zinnias in the front yard… and the yarrow in the herb garden. The trees have yet to do much changing, but the maple in our side yard – always one of the first trees to […]

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Caterpillar Happenings and a Return to Knitting

Posted by mrssmythe on September 10, 2017 in Chickens, CPT's Lens, Crafting, Critters, Garden, Week in Review |

This week, I’ve been thinking a lot about caterpillars. We found a monarch caterpillar in the hydrangeas getting ready to spin its chrysalis about ten days ago. By the time we’d finished dinner, it had finished the job. Since then, it has weathered several rainstorms, and, despite it’s delicate appearance, seems to be incredibly strong. […]

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A Day at Southwick’s Zoo

Posted by mrssmythe on September 2, 2017 in CPT's Lens, Critters, Ginger's Snaps, Out & About |

This past Monday, as a sort of end-of-summer hurrah, we drove to Southwick’s Zoo in Mendon, Massachusetts. We hadn’t been to a zoo in years and probably wouldn’t have thought of going except Ginger mentioned one morning that she couldn’t remember ever visiting a zoo. (Which is not to say she’s never been to one. She’s […]

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Garden Visitors

Posted by mrssmythe on August 6, 2017 in CPT's Lens, Critters, Garden, Photography |

August is the big month for flowers in my garden…which means it’s also the big month for pollinators. I’ve been thrilled this year to see so many bees and butterflies, and I get a kick out of just sitting on the porch, watching everything coming and going. I tried to photograph some of our visitors […]

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The Franklin County Fair

Posted by mrssmythe on September 16, 2015 in CPT's Lens, Out & About, Photography |

This past weekend, we spent a day at the Franklin County Fair, about an hour north of us in Greenfield. The town has held a fair every year since 1848 and offers pretty much everything you’d see at a bigger fair – just on a smaller scale with a more down home, traditional feel. Here are some […]

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