Thursday, April 30, 2009

The Cooperage, along the Squannacock River

Fishing was not too good this past Sunday on the Squannacock. So when I finished fishless I decided to grab a cup of coffee and donut (actually, two donuts) and stop at the Cooperage dam to chat with the bait-fishermen there. Nothing happening there, either. But I did grab my camera and take a few pictures.

The Cooperage building is owned by the Townsend Historical Society. The sign to the right of the front door indicates circa 1760, which would make this building nearly 25o years old. The antique store inside is run by a mother/daughter team.

Assuming the name has historical significance, then at some time or other barrels were manufactured here. A cooper is the British name for a barrel maker.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

A few colorful pictures from Tuesday morning

I took some time at home Tuesday morning to enjoy the nice weather (before temps rose to record levels). As I walked around outside I found nature offering me some great colors to view and photograph.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Maples are blooming

These were taken of the maples between our garage and wetlands. Neither the maple leaves nor the "helicopter" seeds are more than 1/2" long.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Another kind of web site...

The 6 a.m. light after an all-night rain was just right for capturing these spider webs with a camera. If I moved a few inches left or right, they would "disappear" from sight. But at just the right angle of view they were quite noticeable due to the light reflecting on the wet threads.

These were in one of our maple trees, between the garage and the wetlands. So the buds you see are maple leaf buds.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Pretty sky yesterday

This is the Capt. William Smith House on the property of the Minute Man National Historic Park. The park's visitor center is located in Lincoln, and the park extends east and west into Lexington and Concord. The Smith House is located along Route 2A, near the entrance road to Hanscom Airport.

Interestingly, the house was privately owned in the the 1970's because I had a friend who with his wife occupied an apartment on the second floor.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Damon Mill in West Concord

While checking out the fishing possibilities along the Assabet River near Damon Mill, I decided to take a few photographs of the rehabed old structure.

Damon Mill is now a beautiful old restored mill building housing professional offices in West Concord along Route 62 and the Assabet River, not too far from the Concord/Maynard town line.

If you can read the sign in the first picture, it says Damondale. I found when reading a bit of history (here) that after burning down in 1861, it was rebuilt by mill owner Edward Damon. At the time Damon's mill manufactured textiles, and the selling agent for the mill was Eben Dale. So, Damon and Dale became Damondale.

Another interesting factoid for anyone having lived and banked in Concord, is that when the mill went bankrupt in 1893 (too small to compete) its ownership was taken over by "the bank", the Middlesex Institution for Savings, which we know today as Middlesex Savings Bank.

The building was in disrepair in the 1970s when renovations began. It was reopening as Damonmill Square, and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

The glass tower visible from back of the building where the parking is located was added during renovation to house the elevator. If you are afraid of heights the floor-to-ceiling glass wall can be a bit jaw dropping, even if you are only getting off the elevator on the second floor.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Country Morning

Stuff is starting to bloom everywhere! This Concord home is on Sudbury Road near the bridge over the Sudbury River. The image was captured at about 8:30 yesterday morning. I think the flowering tree is a Magnolia.

Monday, April 20, 2009

A couple of patches of snow remain

Every day as I drive home from work, along Rt. 225, I gaze to the south as I reach the junction with rt. 110 in Westford to look for snow on Nashoba "Bump". This shot was taken at the junction of 225 and 110, with a telephoto lens.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Oh, the crane pictures were taken in Westford

I meant to point out that the crane pictures were taken in Westford. Laurie and I found the scene while driving along Boston Road, about half way between Westford's four-corners (the three gas stations) and Rte. 225. Guthrie told us today that he saw it on the Channel 7 Evening Newsews.

Ever have a bad day?

Friday, April 17, 2009

My friends Art and Roz return from skiing in Switzerland

It's been a month or so since Art and Roz returned from their ski trip to Davos, Switzerland, one of Europe's oldest mountain resorts.

As a young skier, I remember it as the home of Heirling Ski Boots. Heirling of Davos and Molitor of Wengen, Switzerland were the boots to own in the 1960s. Because this was before plastic boots, the top of the line models by these two manufacturers were handmade of leather. I owned two pairs of Molitors during college, both custom made to my feet. They were beautiful boots.

Anyway, I digress. I saw Art's travel pictures earlier this week and asked for his permission to post a few. These shots were all taken by him on sun-drenched days. Art tells me that unfortunately they only had two such days during their stay, not including the final day when the sun came out as they departed for Zurich.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Reed gets a new set of wheels

Reed bought a "new" car this week, a Jeep. Here are a few images he emailed to me. I don't know how many miles it has on it. But, it looks pretty sweet.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

A short drive to Groton School

Laurie and I were out for a short drive this past Sunday which took us into Groton and past Groton School. Here are two pictures I took from the front of the headmaster's house.

Some trivia:

Perhaps the most famous graduate of Groton School was our 32nd president, Franklin D. Roosevelt. He was neither an outstanding student nor outstanding athlete; however, he was good enough (Or wealthy enough?) to go onto Harvard College.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Pretty sky on Sunday

Laurie and I took a walk through some conservation land today. Cold and windy, and the sky was bright blue with nice clouds. We saw a few "woodpecker trees" like this one. I thought it looked pretty against the sky.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Guess how many Dunkin' Donuts there are?

Well, it all depends on what you think I mean by "how many dunkin donuts". If you think I mean varieties of donuts, then the answer is 54. If you think I mean stores, then the answer is 8,835 franchise stores at the end of 2008. According to their Web site there are 6,395 in 34 states (what's wrong with the other 16?) and 2,440 in 31 other countries.

A little history: Bill Rosenberg started the first Dunkin Donuts in 1950, in Quincy. I wonder if that first store is still operating. Seems to me I may have heard that it closed just recently. Or, maybe that was the first McDonalds. Any, Dunkin Donuts currently has system-wide sales annually of $5.5 billion.

I wonder if the number of "franchise stores" includes the little mini-dunkins in gas stations? Just on my drive through Bedford each day to work there were two mini-dunkins.

But now there're three! The gas station/convenience store formerly called Gammies (and maybe it still is called that, but it has been closed for a while and is now reopened) located at the corner of Rt. 4 and Rt. 225 near Minuteman Volkswagon now has a DD's in it.... An easy stop for this UPS driver. Barely visible behind the pole it looks like he's got himself a large coffee. My guess it is French Vanilla.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Eye Sore at Four Corners in Westford

Four corners is where Boston Road crosses Route 110. There is a gas station on each of three corners and a Rite-Aid on the fourth corner. Toward evening, this new addition to the Gulf station (formerly Mobil) is the most dominant sign as you drive along the road. The bright lights are pretty tacky, I would say. I think the town's selectman were asleep when a permit was approved.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Landscaper Tim Johnson cleans up our storm damaged trees

The December storm left quite a mess in our yard. And unfortunately it took down many of the big pine bows in our neighbor's yard so that now we can see straight through to the faculty parking lot at the high school. We're looking into planting bushes or trees to get our privacy back, or maybe put up some sort of fence.

Tim Johnson brought in a heavy duty chipper to get the clean up work done. In addition to big limbs on the ground we had a number of them hanging dangerously from a few trees. The Elm tree in the front yard and seen in these pictures was particularly hard hit, loosing many big limbs.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Nice deer in the front yard

There were actually two deer passing through before sunset. But these two pictures are of the same deer. I like the position of the ears in the second image; one facing toward me (sort of) and the other facing the road.