Shades of white…

… lots and lots of white!


Back in early January, the river, and the chairs (bottom right corner) were still visible.

Yup, record-breaking snowfall so far in 2015.

snow map

Here on the banks of the Concord River, the snow is still pristine white. This is the upside of living along a river in a protected wetland. The downside will come with this spring’s floods, when the basement, road, and possibly Route 3, become part of the river.

my house in 2010

The 2010 flood left my driveway, and Elsie Avenue, under water. Oh boy, this year promises to be a doozey!

Time to invest in a pair of wading overalls. Damn fashionable if you ask me!

I wonder if they come in pink?

Okay, let’s leave the future flooding issue for now and focus on the important task at hand. The Great Backyard Bird Count, or, GBBC, for those in the know.


The GBBC is a yearly event that helps provide valuable information on the ever changing bird population. Since birds are sensitive to fluctuations in weather patterns, keeping tabs on their numbers helps scientists understand the impact climate change is having on the living portion of our environment. If you’re willing to invest 10 to 15 minutes this coming weekend, the 13th through the 16th, you’ll become part of a massive project that has been in operation for over 15 years. Visit the website for more information and a data sheet. Then look out your window and make a difference. Here’s a little slideshow to help get you in the mood.

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Now go out, buy some seed, and do your part. And while you’re counting, remember what John Muir once said, “In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.”

You might just be amazed at what you’ll discover this weekend. Blessed be :]







About tinthia

Wondering, searching, and wandering, I'm an earth witch with a desire to get it right in my lifetime. The flow of the river feeds my inner goddess and fuels my soul. Blessed be. :}
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7 Responses to Shades of white…

  1. Kathy says:

    Beautiful Cindy!!!

  2. Dyan says:

    Nice very nice indeed. Love to read your blog!

  3. Deborah Caliguri says:

    My grandparents had the first house as you came on to elsie ave built when my dad was born 85 years ago. It was their summer cottage. They owned the wetland lots before it too. We sold it when my uncle who it was passed on to died approximately 25 years ago. I believe it then was used year round we used to open the cottage in May and close it up after Labor Day. I have often regretted the selling. Is it possible that your home is near my old cottage? We had one cottage next to us and the owners had a lovely stone fireplace/barbecue built for their parties. Next to that house was a lot of land that was owned by the cottage across from it. Friends of ours built that one. My grandparents had pictures of my dad and uncles riding in their rowboats during flood season that were printed in the newspaper. Would love to know if it’s possible you have the home next to it! Love your blog! Deb

    • tinthia says:

      Wow! How wonderful to hear from you. I have another follower who also lived in my house. I do believe I have the house next to the one your grandparents built. This is my paradise. Where are you now?

      • Deborah Caliguri says:

        I live in Medford. I recently lost my dad who always regretted selling the cottage. I find myself looking on line for any pictures of elsie ave and my grandparents cottage. As I said they also had several friends who had cottages on Elsie ave also. They were all Italian families who lived in Somerville during the winter until they opened their cottages in May. I loved it there. Our cottage had these enormous windows that faced the river and it sparkled in the morning. There was old man truppazamo who owned a home that was all stone and had a beautiful stone pond. If I remember correctly when the Giles family owned your house it had a beautiful stone wall around it and a great stone fireplace outside. Are they still there? I loved using the rowboat on the river. Does your son boat? Thank you for responding to me! Deb

      • tinthia says:

        Hi, perhaps you might like to come over this spring or summer for a visit?

  4. Deborah Caliguri says:

    I would absolutely love that! I cannot put into words what your invitation means to me! If you send an email to me we could set a time and date. I will email you back my cell phone number. Thank you!!! Deb

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