Tuesday, July 5, 2016

What I Like About Cows

Cows always seem to go about things at a relaxed pace.Although I've never aspired to be a cow I do sometimes envy their laid back lifestyle.  For me, they symbolize a direct contrast from the busy world we live in. 

Years ago  I found an old children's book in our house that was left behind by the previous owners. I believe it was called Grandma Moses storybook. It had one poem in it which was written by a British school teacher named James Reeves. The poem kind of got stuck in my head. It went something like this:

Cows, by James Reeves
Half the time they munched the grass, and all the time they lay 
Down in the water-meadows, the lazy month of May, 
A-chewing, 
A-mooing, 
To pass the hours away.

"Nice weather," said the brown cow. 
"Ah," said the white. 
"Grass is very tasty."
"Grass is all right." 

Half the time they munched the grass, and all the time they lay 
Down in the water-meadows, the lazy month of May, 
A-chewing, 
A-mooing, 
To pass the hours away.

"Rain coming," said the brown cow.
"Ah," said the white. 
"Flies is very tiresome."
"Flies bite."

Half the time they munched the grass, and all the time they lay 
Down in the water-meadows, the lazy month of May, 
A-chewing, 
A-mooing, 
To pass the hours away. 

"Time to go," said the brown cow.
"Ah,"’ said the white. 
"Nice chat," "Very pleasant."
"Night.""Night."

Half the time they munched the grass, and all the time they lay 
Down in the water-meadows, the lazy month of May, 
A-chewing, 
A-mooing, 
To pass the hours away.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Happy Independence Day USA!

 Middletown Connecticut had their annual fireworks display Saturday night. We've seen many over the years and this was one of their best shows yet.
 The fireworks are lunched from a platform on the Connecticut River. We, along with hundreds of other residents watched from the Portland side of the river. The challenge is finding a place where the trees don't block your view and this year we found the perfect spot.
Portland has a firework display also but they delay it to make sure that the local Great Blue Herons have left their nests. Below is a video capturing the end of the fireworks display. Happy 4th of July everyone!
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