Posts tagged ‘spring’

May 10, 2013

Cherry pink

Pre-cherries!

The cherry trees are in bloom! I missed Newark’s Cherry Blossom Festival in April, but that’s okay ‘cos they didn’t start flowering ’til recently anyway! 🙂

April 30, 2013

Apple blossom white

Pre-apples!

Oh, what, like I was going to visit a GARDEN and NOT take pictures of the pretty flowers? Come on now.

April 24, 2013

Bursting

Maple buds woohooooo

What’s that, you say? You *still* don’t believe spring is springing? I offer this photographic evidence of a maple tree on the verge of bursting into some kind of bloom.

April 22, 2013

Cheer

Dandelions!!

Yeah, I know, I know, but dandelions are awesome, especially in the early spring, before half of them have gone to seed, and lawns are all spotted with these little yellow pompoms of cheerfulness. I like pompoms of cheerfulness! Who wouldn’t?

April 18, 2013

Someday you’ll be a beautiful flower

Bud b'dud b'dud

I’m thinking this is a dogwood bud. Thoughts?

Edit: Apparently it is not a dogwood bud. Perhaps it is the precursor to a flower that grows in clusters, like plums or apples.

April 10, 2013

Spot of sunshine

Crocus crocus crooocus

It seems that we skipped from late winter directly to early summer this past week— temperatures went from just above freezing this past weekend to nearly 80F yesterday. Sheeeesh! Two days! Maybe three.

I keep hoping I can squeeze another week or two out of my tweed blazers before packing them away, but I should probably give up the fight at this point.

Usually I enjoy spring, but this year it feels like nothing but the inevitable looming of summer. (I do not like summer.)

On the other hand, I’ll finally have the opportunity to jam-pack this blog with bazillions of clichéd but amusing flower macros (like these little crocuses!).

April 7, 2013

Pre-daffodils

pre-daffodils

I’m running late tonight, so… just a quick daffodil bud for your enjoyment.

April 5, 2013

Buddies

Budding!

Oh boy it must be spring!

April 2, 2013

Crocuses are croaking!

Crocus!!!

Spring is coming! Or actually, I guess it’s been here since March 20th. But if the crocuses are up, then warmer weather is DEFINITELY on its way!

February 6, 2013

Spring house!

Possibly the last spring house in NJ!

This week is so full of winter, ugh. I mean, snow is prettier than the usual barren brown winter colors, and I’d take winter over summer any day, but seriously, I am ready for spring, aren’t you?

So HERE IS A SPRING HOUSE!!!

It’s part of Berkeley Heights’ Littel-Lord Farmstead.

That’s all well and good (I hear you say), but WHAT IS A SPRING HOUSE?

A spring house is a sort of old-fashioned refrigerator. Back in the olde days, you’d go find a natural spring, and build a little shed on it, and voila! you could keep your perishables longer ‘cos they were cooled with freezing spring water. Like an ice box without ice. (And it self-replenishes!)

And this building might be the last known spring house in New Jersey, which is pretty nifty!

This structure was originally built to keep perishable foods cool. A natural spring flows from the Spring Shed, under the walkway between the shed and the house, then around the two sides of the inside of this structure. The cool waters of the spring flow year-round and make this stone building into a primitive refrigerator. Meats, dairy, etc. would have been immersed in the flowing water or stored on shelves and hooks to afford a longer shelf life than the hot summer days would allow. Few, if any, spring houses remain in New Jersey so this structure is of great historical significance.

 

References:

Berkeley Heights Historical Society (Documented September 1, 2012). Spring House (sign). 28-31 Horseshoe Rd., Berkeley Heights, NJ.

“Spring house.” (Last edit Dec 2012). Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spring_house.

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