along the river

10.26.11 ~ Old Lyme, Connecticut
Lieutenant River ~ 10.26.11 ~ Old Lyme, Connecticut

It’s snowing like crazy outside, after four hours of rain. The changeover has occurred a lot sooner than predicted, so I’m happy we got up early and finished our errands before the October nor’easter made it here. I bought new slippers while we were out and my feet are delightfully warm and happy now. Time for a few more fairy tale birdhouses!

The Florence Griswold Museum sits on the banks of the Lieutenant River, pictured above. As you can see, the grass is still a summery green and the colors have not changed on all the trees yet. And it is now snowing – three seasons all in the same week. Janet has decided that the Lieutenant River will be a good place to have my first kayaking lesson in the spring.

#7. “The Sea King’s Palace” by Susan Zirlen & Mahady Makrianes (in honor of Pete, a prince among men), based on The Little Mermaid.

10.26.11 ~ Old Lyme, Connecticut
10.26.11 ~ Old Lyme, Connecticut

#9. “Neverland Adventures” by Kristen Thornton, based on Peter Pan.
London, where Peter, Wendy, Michael and John are searching for Peter’s shadow…

10.26.11 ~ Old Lyme, Connecticut
10.26.11 ~ Old Lyme, Connecticut

Captain Hook has captured Tinkerbell…

10.26.11 ~ Old Lyme, Connecticut
10.26.11 ~ Old Lyme, Connecticut

#10. “Up a Tree” by Sue Chism, based on Sinbad the Sailor.
Giant birds wrecked Sinbad’s ship…

10.26.11 ~ Old Lyme, Connecticut
10.26.11 ~ Old Lyme, Connecticut

and kidnapped him…

10.26.11 ~ Old Lyme, Connecticut
10.26.11 ~ Old Lyme, Connecticut

#12. “The Troll Bridge Saga” by Sheila Wertheimer & The Museum’s Garden Gang, based on Three Billy Goats Gruff.

Of course this is my favorite fairy tale because it’s Norwegian…

10.26.11 ~ Old Lyme, Connecticut
10.26.11 ~ Old Lyme, Connecticut

That was a freaky hungry troll “under” the bridge!

10.26.11 ~ Old Lyme, Connecticut
10.26.11 ~ Old Lyme, Connecticut

Tomorrow we’re having a Going Away/Halloween party for Nate & Shea and the gang. Cooking two vegetarian slow cooker dinners. Maybe there will be a goblin or two who aren’t camera-shy…

12 thoughts on “along the river”

  1. Hi,
    Love the photos, this place is incredible, with these photos and the last lot you posted, I am certainly impressed with the beautiful work that has gone into it all.

    1. I’m glad you are enjoying the journey, Mags! It was a perfect day for the adventure and I hope to get a few more photos up soon. 🙂

    1. You’re welcome, Kathy!

      We got an inch or two of snow on the cars and the grass, but thankfully it didn’t stick to the pavement. The rest of Connecticut and New England did not fare so well – there are still hundreds of thousands without electricity and it was very cold, in the 20s when we got up this morning. Worried about my dad – they have a wood stove but he is sick with a cold and needs his electric space-heater nearby to keep warm. I hope my sister and her husband got him to a warm shelter last night. Haven’t heard any news since their cell phones died…

        1. Not yet… Can’t get through on the land line or the cell phones… I am hoping no news is good news, keeping my fingers crossed… On the news last night it was reported that much of the state won’t have power restored for a week and some roads are still blocked. There are more trees down on power lines than there were after Hurricane Irene.

  2. Is the snow usual for this time of year, where you are? By now we’re usually into much colder weather than we have, thankfully no snow yet. Hopefully no snow at all this winter, but I expect it will come.

    Love the photos. I see whimsy is still alive and well in Barbara-land. 🙂

    Hugs.

    1. Glad you love the photos, Val! 🙂

      We rarely get snow in October and on the rare occasions that we do, never this much. Tim’s cousin in New Hampshire got 17 inches! Not sure how much my dad and sister got- they’re about 50 miles inland – they were too busy dealing with the power outage and elder care to mention any snow fall amounts. Being by the shore we often escape the worst of it, although sometimes the situation is reversed and we get more than they do inland. This was bad because the snow was heavy and wet and many of the trees are still covered with leaves. The snow is caught by the leaves and the weight snaps off the branches which pull down the power lines, resulting in widespread power outages.

    1. Thank you for your kind words, Patrice, and welcome to my blog! Will be trying to post some more birdhouse art soon…

  3. The pictures are very pretty Barbara, I feel good to know that the first snow has begun – not knowing the trouble it brings along. The white winter looks amazing to me, having never seen the snow fall at all our side of the planet. I Hope you and your family are doing good and taking enough care.

    1. Thank you, Sonali! It still amazes me how different the weather and climate are at different places on earth. Snow always seems magical to me, even though I’ve been seeing it for over 50 years! But it can bring dangerous conditions as well, like anything, it is often too much of a good thing!

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