I don’t usually do “what I’ve been up to” posts during the week, but Jeff and I had such a busy and fun weekend with lots of events that I wanted to share it with you.
On Saturday, my garden club, North Shore Horticultural Society, held its annual field trip. Jeff, my friend Kim and I drove up to Lee NH and joined several other members of the group at Bedrock Gardens, 39 acres of gardens created by a husband and wife team who have owned the property for about 10 years. They designed the land and gardens themselves, and they did most of the work on the gardens themselves along with a few friends and volunteers. I believe the husband and wife are a psychologist and psychiatrist. This is what they do to chill out – design and work the land.
The wife also became a sculptor, creating sculptures made from industrial materials, old tools and other odds and ends that she comes across.
Everything about Bedford Gardens has the personal touch. In the middle of the property, they built a little sleeping house that’s basically a tiny room with a queen size bed and a little porch. The sleeping house is screened to allow them to see the view of the lake from the bed yet be protected from bugs. It even has electricity in case they want to read in bed after dark. So cute! Here it is in the photo below:
We spent two hours walking the property with a guide who explained how each part of the garden was designed and constructed. I had a lot of photos so I put together an Animoto video so you could see them all quickly.
After we got back from New Hampshire, we showered, changed clothes and drove an hour to a town outside of Boston to meet friends for a vegetarian dinner. Fun times!
Sail Boston: Tall Ships
On Sunday, Jeff and I took the subway into Boston to see the tall ships (large sailing vessels) that came to Boston to participate in Sail Boston at the Boston seaport area and the fish piers. It was so crowded with people, and it was very hot, but the ships were an amazing sight!
You could stand in line to view the ships from the dock or you could stand in longer lines to get a chance to board the ships and check them out for yourself. Jeff and I went on three ships. Because of the heat, when we went below deck, it was like a sauna. But it was worth it. We really inspected all aspects of the Dutch freighter, Oosterschelde, a ship built in 1918. I was blown away at the beautiful craftsmanship – the woodwork was stunning both on deck and below. The kitchen complete with black and white tiled floor was beautiful and completely fitted out to turn out amazing meals. Even the lighting fixtures and the identification on the ladies’ and gents’ bathrooms were works of art. Here’s a photo of the shipping rigging. After taking the photo, I noticed that it looks like there’s a body up in the lines on the upper left – is that a real person? a caryatid? or is it just the wooden spool that appears to have a “head” from this angle?
From a distance, we saw a galleon that looked like the ships that ruled the seas during the 15th-17th centuries. In fact, we had seen galleons in the 17th century marine paintings in exhibits at the Peabody Essex Museum over the past couple of years. We weren’t sure when the ship we saw at the dock was actually built. It was huge, painted with black paint, and it looked like a pirate ship! You can see it in the background in the middle of the photo below.
Again, I put together an Animoto video to give you a quick look at the sailing ships!
So these were the highlights of our busy weekend. I was so lucky to get to go to these terrific places, and so lucky that the weather cooperated. I hope you had a fun or relaxing weekend too!