Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Poltrack Garden 2016

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Each gardening season I tell myself that I am going to keep a detailed journal about the plantings, the location, what worked and what failed. I've tried written notes, spreadsheets, calendar notes and even a web page.

This year I'm going to keep it simple and track the progress using this blog, my smartphone and camera. Google makes it easy because the photos are automatically uploaded and can be easily added to this blog. The more this is automated, the more likely I will keep it up to date.

I've grew some peppers and tomatoes from seed but I was very pleased to discover that Amazing Flower Farm offered six packs with different varieties. Three six packs gave me 12 different types of tomatoes and 6 different type of peppers. It will be fun seeing what ripens first.

Memorial Day is usually the ideal time to put out the warm weather plants, My snap peas are already well established. I spent a good amount of time digging up witch grass and attempting to start the Mantis Tiller to no avail.

I'll keep it simple by hashtagging each garden post with #PoltrackGarden. Meet the players for this year's garden:

Snap Peas  are doing quite well. This year I've located them near the raised bed. I need to sdo some weeding.

Raised Bed on East Side

Sweet Pepper, Antohi Romanian

Sweet Pepper, Chocolate

Sweet Pepper, Gourmet

Sweet Pepper, Lipstick

Sweet Pepper, Pnot Noir

Sweet Pepper, Round of Hungary

Front Row near Cactus Bed

Tomato, Big Beef

Tomato, Estiva

Tomato, Jetstar F1

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Look What I Saw at the Green Center

It was a slow day at the green center today, there were too many competing yard sales and other events, so the usual torrent of donations was a mere trickle.

Upton Sinclair described the novel as "one of the half-dozen greatest novels of the world," and remarked that Hugo set forth the purpose of Les Misérables in the Preface:[3]
So long as there shall exist, by reason of law and custom, a social condemnation, which, in the face of civilization, artificially creates hells on earth, and complicates a destiny that is divine with human fatality; so long as the three problems of the age—the degradation of man by poverty, the ruin of women by starvation, and the dwarfing of childhood by physical and spiritual night—are not solved; so long as, in certain regions, social asphyxia shall be possible; in other words, and from a yet more extended point of view, so long as ignorance and misery remain on earth, books like this cannot be useless.

English Dart Board - The real deal in excellent condition

Keepsake from Greece

Patriotic stuff from China

Just in time for vacation

Patron needs saving

Make a huge meal of spaghetti sauce

Play the video

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Look What I Saw at the Green Center

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Good Morning,

As I gaze out the window I am happy to announce that I saw my first hummingbird of 2016. I worked at the Green Center on Saturday and witnessed a flow of useful and interesting donations.

A Divorce Kit - A clever box of cards arrived with questions which are bound to cause marital strife

There are no correct answers

One massive dicitionary where one can find words such as ersatz, not for anyone with sesquipedalophobia

Ethel models these fashionable shoes

The Green Center jester

My Little Pony

Traveling in style

Elvis lives

An entire box of Elvis memorabilia

Ethel is the Green Center Elvis expert


More Elvis


These are slippers, how could anyone resist

The new million dollar currency

Oh Them Golden Slippers

Natalie models the golden shoes

Spider infestation

1927 - The segment I read described how Patty was going to pull an April Fool's joke on her family
Bruce holds up an original Renoir painting, probably the most valuable donation the center ever received. Bruce also correctly  guessed that I wanted to get a photo of his Trump hat which he is allowed to wear until all of us are whisked away to a  FEMA camp

Bal du moulin de la Galette (commonly known as Dance at Le moulin de la Galette) is an 1876 painting by French artistPierre-Auguste Renoir. It is housed at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris and is one of Impressionism's most celebrated masterpieces. The painting depicts a typical Sunday afternoon at Moulin de la Galette in the district of Montmartre in Paris. In the late 19th century, working class Parisians would dress up and spend time there dancing, drinking, and eating galettes into the evening

Friday, May 6, 2016

The Liberation of Paris (the cat not the country)

This was a sad week for me, I had put Buster the cat down after his kidneys were failing. However I am trying to assess what effect this is having on Paris the cat, his nemesis and constant victim. I was wondering if she would miss him, or celebrate her liberation.

When Buster wasn't eating or sleeping he was stalking her or lying in wait. There would be clumps of fur flying around and I kept a spray bottle handy when I sensed an imminent attack. We gave Buster tranquilizers, female hormones and even a pheromone diffuser in a vain attempt to chill him out a bit.

He was the ultimate bully and I have no idea what hell he unleashed upon her when we on vacation. I provided a high perch that she uses for sleeping and fed her on a where she could keep a wary eye on her foe.

That has all changed and my latest project is to make her feel safe in the rest of the house. Yesterday I brought her into living room but when she sniffed a blanket she started hissing and ran down into the cellar. This is going to take some time, stay tuned for updates.

I've learned to type by resting my arms on her back as she sits in my lap.

What goes on inside her head?

Flowers for a Gloomy Week

Good Morning and TGIF,

It has been a gloomy week without a hint of sunshine. I spent a lunch break to visit Mason Brook Nursery to see a bit of spring color.

A nice bit of color

They have smaller plants and conifers that are perfect for a fairy garden

The promise of more flowers

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Look What I Saw at the Green Center

Good morning,

It was nice seeing the regular crowd at the New Ipswich Green Center on Saturday. A few interesting items came in and a few interesting items went out.

NOTE: The Green Center will be open on Saturday May 14, 2016 from 9 -12. It will be closed on May 7th. Please consult the town office sign, town website calendar or pick up a schedule on your next visit

I adopted these cats as soon as I saw them, what a great find

The antique bathroom scale is still available, They don't make them like this anymore

It may be too late for the prom, but more dresses became available

Someone donated this keepsake from their trip to the Hawaiian Islands (available)

The tiles came back and then were adopted by someone else. This is wonder of the Green Center, stuff comes in and stuff goes out.

Look what I found