Mt. Rainier and Lenticular Clouds - Dec. 2008 copyright: JMM

June 16, 2014

Beautiful June

So far the weather has been so awesome this spring.  We had our first 80 degree day around the 8th.  I did an early morning walk around the neighbourhood and it was already a bit toasty for my preference, but low humidity.

Bridal veil flower


Gibraltar azaleas.  They look a lot like rhodies.

Zinnia


Good timing again.

The train was going to the Sandwich side; that engine is at the back of the train, being pulled.


I've never seen irises with these colours.



The next day was cool and cloudy.  I was over in Sandwich and on the way home, finally stopped on Tupper Road to see the Saddle & Pillion Burial Ground. It contains the graves of one of Sandwich's founding fathers, Edmund Freeman, and is located on what was once the Freeman Farm land.  

I heard about this place when I was a kid but I never found out specifically where it was on Tupper Road.  Last year I noticed that a sign was finally on the road showing where it is.  

This stone is supposed to resemble a saddle.

I wonder who placed that branch with the pinecones right above the picture of the branch & pinecones on the plaque?  

And this stone supposedly looks like a pillion, whatever that is.

It's a really pretty place.  I'm glad I stopped.

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    1. I keep telling myself to stop taking flower pictures....I've lived here 3 years and I have the same pics each spring! But I can't help it!

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  2. Liked that train on the bridge shot, as hubs was train engineer. With that engine on the reverse end, the train has more flexibility for dropping of rail cars.

    Great shots of the blooming flowers, btw. I've never seen those types of irises either, but I like them.

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    1. Thanks! I think your hubby would enjoy the tourist train that runs from here to Hyannis and back. I've never done it but I want to.

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  3. The Saddle and Pillion burial ground is a very pretty place, looks very serene and peaceful. Probably a wonderful place to sit and meditate.

    Lovely photos of so many spring time blossoms. I adore iris flowers, there is something exotic and regal about them. Unfortunately as cut flowers they do not last very long, 2 days maybe 3 tops. Guess some flowers were meant to be enjoyed outside in the garden. :)

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    1. I never buy flowers for my house because they are expensive and they don't last long at all. I would love to take my metal detector around that old Freeman farm property but I think someone else owns it now.

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  4. WOW! Mr Freeman made it to a ripe old age in the Colonies, especially in a time when you were considered to be quite old at 40 (IF you survived that long). Well done sir!

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    1. I thought the exact same thing. In fact whenever I'm in one of our ancient cemeteries (as they are known here), I always check the ages of the deceased to see who made it past their 50s. There were quite a few actually.

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  5. A pillion, JoJo is the secondary pad behind the seat or saddle on a horse or a motorcycle where a passenger can sit.

    Lovely pictures again, Our park doesn't have any flowers but lots of greenery.

    That was old for someone in those days. Amazing.

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    1. Thanks! I never thought to look it up, even when I did this post. :D

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  6. Hi JoJo,

    Ah the wonders of a beautiful June and those superb photos. I love the flowers and I'm know hungry after reading your post. Time for a Sandwich, methinks :)

    Gary

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    1. There used to be a place in town called Sandwich's Sandwiches. I thought that was cute.

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  7. Beautiful flowers. It's so muggy here in MO right now that I'm sweating. Supposed to be near 90 today. Yesterday I worked out in the yard trimming things and suffered all night, but it's got to be done.

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    1. I'm not looking forward to the humidity either....tomorrow's going to be our first really bad day of it.

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  8. The burial grounds look sacred and eerie.
    It's interesting that you have some of the same (e.g., irises) and some very different flowers (most of the rest of them, I think) on the East coast.
    Keep a smile, JoJo.

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    1. We have lots of different birds here too. I got used to all the stuff out west over the past 20 years.

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  9. Those flowers have stunning colors. The beauty of nature is magical. I honestly couldn't say all the names of different flowers. I grew up knowing them differently, and I'm more used to seeing tropical Philippine flowers than the ones here in the Bay Area. I refer to them as generic "flower." HaHa. Well, of course, except my favorite roses, tulips, and sunflowers. The others, I'm lost. Great photos!

    Sonnia

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    1. Oh I only know the names from my friends telling me. I have no idea what most of them are!

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  10. Beautiful photos as always... especially the flower closeups. I too love iris. I tried to press some for my Dad's garden book, but they completely fade away to nothing when pressed! All I could save was a bud. We both have some of the white and purple variety. Just lovely!

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  11. Awe, Lovely! I don't know the names of many flowers either.

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    1. If it wasn't for my friends who know these things, I would just be like, 'flower'. lol

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  12. Absolutely love all the beautiful flowers!! Your pictures are amazing! ♥

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