February 28, 2016 is the 60th anniversary of a major train wreck in Swampscott, Massachusetts. Thirteen people were killed as a result of this crash. It happened on the same train line that I take quite frequently to Boston. I have a couple of photos posted here of the wreck but it is explained in full detail in the YouTube video below. Have a look.
I don't know why this video starts 9 minutes in but you can rewind back to learn a bit more about the Buddliners that were used by the B&M Railroad.
When I was a child I had a friend who lived across town. His house was near a small stream called Saw Mill Creek. For us boys it was a fascinating point of interest. We would spend long summer days there throwing rocks, catching frogs, fishing, splashing, swimming and building rafts. If this sounds idyllic as a Tom Sawyer life, you are right, this was our Mississippi River. In the winter the creek would freeze over solid and we would skate a great length of it.
Further downstream where the freshwater met the incoming saltwater the stream went tidal. It would rise and fall a few feet twice a day. We always knew there was an ancient saw mill (thus the name Saw Mill Creek) at this site. It was sort of a legend to us kids. It was powered by the rise and fall of the tides. The tidal difference was great enough to be able to take an exciting jump from the rocks into the river below. I can remember seeing evidence of the old mill with support notches carved into the cliff and a few odd pili…
One of my Instagram photos has been featured in the latest members magazine of the Peabody Essex Museum. The rear inside cover showcases several photos from their hashtag #peabodyessex. My photo, lower left, is entitled "Summer Blossoms." It was shot this past summer in the formal gardens of the Ropes Mansion a Peabody Essex property.
The Peabody Essex Museum is a wonderful place to spend a day perusing through the nautical heritage of early New England, as well as maritime, American, Asian, Oceanic and African art. Visit their website, pem.org, and have a look at what they have to offer. If you have an Instagram account you can follow them @peabodyessex or explore their hashtags #peabodyessexmuseum or #peabodyessex. Follow my Instagram account @dougvernx.
Ice Castles is a yearly event (weather cooperating) in Lincoln, New Hampshire, the home of Loon Mountain Ski Resort. There are many other ice castles throughout the country and Canada. Click here to have a look at them.
The Sepia Saturday prompt this week shows Billie Holiday with her pet Boxer dog. (see below)
The first pet I ever remember was Princess a Boxer. She was my best friend in my younger years. As you can see by the following photos I spent quite a lot of time with her. In a way she was probably a second baby sitter for me as I did many things with her. Prinny, her nickname, was my sister Carol's dog.
Prinny had a litter of pups. One the earliest memories I have is playing on a hillside in back of our home with her litter of her puppies. I vividly remember laughing hysterically as the pups crawled all over me tickling me with their tiny paws.
For some reason Boxers do not have the greatest of reputations for some strangers fear them. Perhaps it's the gruff look of the breed that might frighten people. I was never frightened of Prinny. Boxers do have a reputation of being gentle and protective with children.
The Boxer on the left is Flash one of Prinny's sons. It looks as tho…
Salem's So Sweet Winter Festival - 2016
Salem's So Sweet Chocolate and Ice Festival is a yearly event held around Valentine's Day. This was posted for Thursday Challenge. This week's challenge is "sweet." (a great quantity) For more fine posts with this theme click here for Thursday Challenge a weekly thematic collaboration of photo bloggers.
What a great time of year it is to bring up this subject. Temperatures are expected to plummet to -5 tonight. (that's -21 to you celcius folks.) John Greenleaf Whittier's poem, "Snowbound" evokes a vivid picture of what life was like in the early 19th century rural New England. The raging snowstorm outside seems to suggest a looming death which is negated by the family's nostalgia.With winter upon us it's time to feature Whitter's "bookend" poem to "Barefoot Boy." Whittier grew up on a farm in Haverhill, Massachusetts, now a city but back then a sleepy country town. Below I have excerpted a portion of "Snowbound." The poem can be found in it's entirety here.
I have my own snowbound memories. Only 15 miles from Whittier's home these photos show my childhood home. I can vividly remember trudging through this snow that was up to my waist. Of course I was a little one at the time, perhaps 5 or 6 years old. I never noticed…
Lots of Ice
Salem's So Sweet Festival - 2016
Salem's So Sweet Chocolate and Ice Festival is a yearly event held around Valentine's Day. This was posted for Thursday Challenge. This week's challenge is "lots." (a great quantity) For LOTS more fine posts with this theme click here for Thursday Challenge a weekly thematic collaboration of photo bloggers.
For years here in Salem, Massachusetts there has long stood a group foster home for boys. Plummer Home for Boys is located on Winter Island and has always been a pioneer in the field of foster care. The 1910 news article below details some of the services it provided to the boys then many of which continue to this day in one form or another. It also details a history of Winter Island and the home. The 1869 main building still stands on the shores of Winter Island to this day. (see below)
It was started in 1855 as the Plummer Farm School of Reform for Boys by a generous benefactor, Caroline Plummer. In 1938 the name was changed to the Plummer Farm School. A garden still is still cultivated, raising vegetables for the home, tended to by the residents. In 1958 the name was changed to it's present day name and it's residents began attend Salem Public Schools.
This year on April 18, 2016 (Patriot's Day) a former resident of the Plummer Home will be giving back to the place he s…
Haunted Happenings is a month long event in October here in Salem, Massachusetts. Not only to people dress in custom for the final night but also their pets. Although though these dogs don't look like they are smiling I'm sure their owners and others seeing them at the event are smiling.
Thursday Challenge is a weekly thematic collaboration of photo bloggers. This week's theme is "happy." For many more fine photos on this theme, click here for Thursday Challenge.