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December 12, 2008 This morning, we woke up to huge crashing sounds. (My husband later compared the sounds to road-side bombs.) We rushed over to the window. An enormous tree was falling right before our eyes. Our stunned eyes took in an otherworldly view. There were fallen trees in every direction. The branches were cover...
Every December, we cook up a storm for the annual Almanac Christmas party. Last year, a huge ice storm forced us to cancel our festivities—so we were looking forward to this year's celebration. Below are photos of the holiday table. Can you tell that we love to bake and cook?! This year, we hosted a holiday a...
For those who vacation during peak holiday weeks—which is most of us—rates and crowds are always higher than usual. For skiers and riders, that means blackout dates on most lift ticket deals, long lift lines, and trails packed with other skiers and riders. However, there are two exceptions to this rule for ski...
After great anticipation, finally our little corner of New England—Dublin, New Hampshire, home of The Old Farmer's Almanac—is blanketed in white. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and that makes skiers, riders, and snow lovers very happy.
Recently, I was introduced to the world of gingerbread house-making when I took a 6-hour-long workshop on how to construct one. Although that sounds like a long time, the class was so much fun that the time just whizzed by! My creation is shown here.
There's a large maple tree that lives next to my house. It's been a trouper, in spite of old age, ice and wind storms, woodpecker holes, squirrel nibblings, a canker wound, and a barbecue grill rack nailed to one of its limbs (for some unknown reason). I often look out to see how my old friend is doing, and this tim...
This past Halloween, I got into the spirit and made a fun-filled dinner for my family and friends. I thought I'd share my Halloween dinner recipes—including an appetizer, drink, main dish, and dessert.
This autumn, I drove past an unusual site: a giant contraption towering above crowds of cheering people. Suddenly, I saw the machine's "arm" swing forward to hurl something through the air—why, was that a flying pumpkin? Indeed, I had discovered "pumpkin chunkin," an unusual competition th...
My friends received an apple cider press for a wedding present long ago. Last week, they threw an Apple Cider Press Party, and what a treat! Have you ever tasted apple cider fresh from the press (your own or a local cider mill)? WOW! The cider has a pure, refreshing flavor that's hard to beat.
Welcome October! For your enjoyment, I've posted this beautiful poem by Robert Frost. In it, he urges nature to slow down—before the leaves fall and the chilly weather begins!
It's time again to shine the spotlight on a certain caterpillar. The larva of the Isabella tiger moth (Pyrrharctia isabella), this fuzzy fellow is called the banded woolly bear, or woolly worm.
In August, the blueberry bushes here in New Hampshire overflow with berries. Birds love them and so do most of us. If you don't have a bush nearby visit a local farmers' market.

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