Saturday, September 27, 2014
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Early post for "Throw-Back Thursday", since tomorrow is Rosh Hashanah. "Wayback Wednesday", anyone?
This is my 'Space Age' Zenith Clock Radio that I bought in the BX at Lackland AFB, in San Antonio, TX. It was either while I was in Basic Training in 1977, or at the Officer Training School in 1978. Have used it continuously ever since. Had it repaired once, by the really nice old guy who ran Huntington TV on RT 9 in Newton.
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Friday, September 19, 2014
...Spotted in Woburn!
Back in January, 2013, I saw what looked like "Tree Sponges" while walking in the Conservation Land behind Horn Pond. Clearly, they were the dried, woody remains of some kind of plant growth. But what kind?
It wasn't until a few days ago, while walking on the same trail, that I finally saw them in the flesh, as it were. Spiky, green pods, hanging off of a climbing vine. "Tree Pickles," I thought, and I was pretty close. It turns out that this is 'Wild Cucumber', formally known as 'Echinocystis Lobata'. It's a member of the Squash family, and was reportedly prized by Native Americans for it's medicinal qualities.
It turns out that this is 'Wild Cucumber', formally known as 'Echinocystis Lobata'. It's a member of the Squash family, and was reportedly prized by Native Americans for it's medicinal qualities. A friend asked me if they were edible. The answer is, "No, not even if you're on an ultra-high-fiber diet." They are seed pods, and are actually quite light and fibrous, with 4 large, flat brown seeds inside:
Although this one does looks like some kind of a monocular deep-sea creature:
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Sunday, September 7, 2014
Just got back from a nice weekend at Rowe. Had a really nice bike ride for part of the way home. Annie dropped me off on RT 100 in Southern Vermont, and I rode down into Jacksonville, and then South on RT 112 (which runs through a very narrow river valley) all the way down into Colrain, MA. From there, I turned left onto the Greenfield Road and on up the very BIG hill. The road continues through some beautiful Orchard Country and ends at RT 2. I went East on RT 2 until just before the very steep downhill into Greenfield. Then it was time to put the bike on the rack, and head home. Still quite a treat!
It was only 21 miles, but it made having to leave and go home much more bearable. The big hill was actually Colrain Mountain. The road elevation rises about 600 feet in a mile and a half, which is just as steep as some Mountain Passes I've gone over out West.