Tuesday, February 21, 2012

New PCJ publication: time to get to work magazine!

The premiere edition of our magazine features the "Lots to do!" section.

fixing fences
moving stuff

Saturday, February 11, 2012

All moved in?

Being a good neighbor, I invited the new guy over for a chat and a snack.

He told me he's from Granby.

But always had his eye on this neighborhood near the river.

"Sorry about all the noise," he said.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Cove Island capering

8 a.m meeting with crows. "Did you see that dead squirrel over on Bardwell Street?" Yup. Meet you guys there at 10.

Out the back patio and over to Cove Island. I hide my shadow in a shadow

The old canal is dry under the bridge.

I don't like to talk in the morning.

We wish these guys would pick up after themselves. Canadians can be so uncivilized.

The towers are broadcasting. Always get a good signal here.

Chopper is always working. Has a vacation planned for April, though. Going to spend the weekend on the Holyoke side.

Old trees bow to the river. Chopper has these on his list for next week.

Old car near River Dog Man's house.

Cove island on the left. Chopper lives over there.

In a few months this area will covered with dense, dark green.

The town finally filled in the massive pot holes on our road. I was thinking of getting a Range Rover. But Edmunds said not to buy one.

South Hadley Electric Light guys taking a break before a busy day. Reading the paper. Did you you see the headline I wrote for the review of the new film, The Vow? "Movie about amnesia worth forgetting." hahaha. Have a good day, guys!

Monday, February 6, 2012

A walk to Goat Peak, Mount Tom

A nice place to watch for hawks. Text from a sign: Each year the Reservation is witness to an amazing event. Through the autumn months, thousands of hawks pass over the Mount Tom Range on their way south. Hawks migrate to follow available food and to escape the cold, dark winters. As winter sets in, small mammals, a food source for these birds of prey, are less active or hidden. Songbirds, another food choice, have also headed south. The shorter days cause hormonal changes in the hawks (as well as most other species). These triggers create an irresistible urge for the hawks to migrate south. However, some hawks don’t migrate but prefer to remain in one area year round.

I don't see any hawks. And where are the goats?

Nice place to sit and look out over Easthampton.

Steps leading to the tower.

The Goat Peak observation tower was built in 1928. Like me, it's pretty old, but stable. Some nice views up here.

The South Hadley water tower. On the right, the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts school. I think I can hear someone playing the soundtrack from the movie Grease!

UMass. They like to riot there. It's fun!

Zina was here.

Goat Peak is located on the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail. The white blaze marks tell you that.

The trail, blanketed in warm sunshine.

Maybe I'll take the Dynamite Trail back. DYN-O-MITE!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Napping and quacking

A busy morning. Swimming. A little flying around. Snacking. Quacking.

The water can't make up its mind. Part ice, part not ice.

All the confusion is pretty tiring. Is it winter or not winter?

Maybe a nap is in order.

Can someone close the shade?

Mount Tom