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Old Sturbridge Village, Sirens

Tomorrow, in the small hours in the morning--the 3:00 am hour, to be precise, I get in the car and drive two hours to the airport, on my way to the Sirens Conference, which this year is on the theme of spies and revolutionaries (awesome). I have some excellent roommates, and will be meeting some LJ friends in person for the first time and other old friends whom I haven't seen since summer--very excited for that.

... I've been even more scarce than I thought I would be, these days. I've gotten notification of entries posted, and been unable to take the time to read them, because Wakanomori's family is here, and I've been kept busy with that. I apologize. When I come back from Sirens, I'll catch up somewhat, though probably not entirely. But I've thought of you all each day.

One thing Waka's mother had been really eager to do was see Old Sturbridge Village, so I took them there. I didn't go in myself, but I took these photos on the outside.

Iris seeds

Iris seeds

They look like blackberries, but they are hard and seedy. A man from Mississippi was marveling at them, and we got to talking. He told me about when Hurricane Katrina came through and knocked down a tree of his, how he planted a replacement tree, and it sent a branch or runner, I can't remember which, scooting along the ground, and then lifted up one blossom, like cupped hands. I loved that.

Dark wood, bright window, red impatiens, lantern


Doesn't it seem very serious, almost foreboding? And yet the flowers. Like a grim old minister who then smiles, like an ogre who lifts a baby bird gently and sets it back in a nest.

Grasshoppers and Butterflies

grasshopper weathervane


They seem metaphoric but the metaphors keep changing, and meanwhile they're real in themselves.



Autumnal abundance, a garden of peace and plenty.

Feel free to just look at the photos without commenting. I may get a chance to answer a comment or two this evening, but then I'm back to silence until Monday at the earliest.


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Oct. 7th, 2015 09:02 pm (UTC)
Autumnal abundance, a garden of peace and plenty.

I love this picture.

Enjoy Sirens!
Oct. 7th, 2015 09:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I will!

I loved about this tree how much fruit it offered. A lot of apple trees are like this. "Here, have more! No, more than that. Take these too!"
Oct. 7th, 2015 09:45 pm (UTC)
I like the photos and the theme. Speaking of revolutionaries, I saw La boheme set in 1968 Paris.
Oct. 13th, 2015 09:33 pm (UTC)
1968 Paris definitely had similarities to 1868 Paris--or so I've been told (by vampires who've lived long enough to witness both? Maybe)
(no subject) - yamamanama - Oct. 13th, 2015 09:39 pm (UTC) - Expand
Oct. 7th, 2015 09:47 pm (UTC)
What beautiful photos! And, oh, my, so many apples!!!
Oct. 13th, 2015 09:34 pm (UTC)
Armloads of apples!

And here we are, back home on our opposite sides of the continent--Sirens was a special time and space, wasn't it!
(no subject) - queenoftheskies - Oct. 13th, 2015 09:45 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - asakiyume - Oct. 13th, 2015 09:54 pm (UTC) - Expand
Oct. 7th, 2015 10:19 pm (UTC)
The apples are stunning! Such abundance.
Oct. 13th, 2015 09:35 pm (UTC)
A tree of plenty.
Oct. 7th, 2015 10:29 pm (UTC)
Enjoy Sirens!
Oct. 13th, 2015 09:35 pm (UTC)
It was wonderful! Will be putting up some posts in the days to come.
Oct. 7th, 2015 10:32 pm (UTC)
Ack! Knowing you'll be at Sirens makes me even more sad that we aren't going this year. *snf*

Have fun!


Edited at 2015-10-07 10:33 pm (UTC)
Oct. 13th, 2015 09:35 pm (UTC)
It was very, very fun. It would have been even more fun if the three of you had been there.
(no subject) - lnhammer - Oct. 15th, 2015 03:50 pm (UTC) - Expand
Oct. 7th, 2015 11:05 pm (UTC)
I give you an anticipatory hug. :)
Oct. 9th, 2015 12:06 pm (UTC)
*waves to you from Arvada*
(no subject) - asakiyume - Oct. 13th, 2015 09:36 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Oct. 8th, 2015 01:37 am (UTC)
Really nice trip. I like the bright window and the weathervane ones a lot.
Oct. 13th, 2015 09:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I like how there's so much to see even when you're on the outside of the Main Attraction.
Oct. 8th, 2015 08:04 am (UTC)
Gorgeous pictures! Hope Sirens is splendid.

Oct. 13th, 2015 09:37 pm (UTC)
It was a most excellent conference!
Oct. 8th, 2015 09:08 am (UTC)
Great pictures, as usual! I like the way the grey lamp mirrors the red window frame and I wonder if that wind vane is pointing towards the next locust plague...
Oct. 13th, 2015 09:38 pm (UTC)
Maybe that's what the weathervane was designed for: to warn of locust attacks!
Oct. 8th, 2015 02:34 pm (UTC)
I love the photos: the iris seeds on the white slats look like a very busy piece of musical notation - another metaphor!

Have fun at Sirens, don't feel obliged to answer this.
Oct. 13th, 2015 09:40 pm (UTC)
Plants as musical notation! I thought that once about a stand of sunflowers, their heads drooping (they were past the flowering phase and in the seed phase--it was winter). I said so in an LJ post, and an LJ friend actually played the notes that they would be. It was amazing.

I'm back from Sirens now--it was a lovely time.
Oct. 8th, 2015 03:06 pm (UTC)
First: Please don't reply. ;) There I saved you some time and angst. :D

Second: I love the contrast of the weathered wood and window/flowers.

Third: What an ominous sky framing that weathervane, almost like it is predicting a storm of locusts.

Fourth: I can't wait to have abundantly giving apple (and other fruit) trees. Homemade cider, here I come.

Fifth: Enjoy Sirens!

Sixth: I miss you. :)
Oct. 13th, 2015 09:42 pm (UTC)
When you make it to the northeast--because one day you will--I will buy in some fresh, unpasturized cider, which I'll let sit for just a week--just long enough to get a tang, the hint of fermentation, but hardly yet real alcohol--more like natural carbonation, like natural apple soda.

And we'll drink it together, and it will be Good.

Oops, I replied :-P

Edited at 2015-10-13 09:43 pm (UTC)
Oct. 8th, 2015 03:50 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous pics!

Love the wooden wall.
Oct. 13th, 2015 09:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Very glad you enjoyed.
Oct. 8th, 2015 05:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you for my peace. I wish you a good time with family and fun at Sirens. Safe travels.
Oct. 13th, 2015 09:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I had a lovely time and am looking forward to writing up entries about it in slow time.
Oct. 9th, 2015 04:16 am (UTC)
Those aren't irises--they're candy lilies, or maybe blackberry lilies. Wonderful tough plants.
Oct. 9th, 2015 12:05 pm (UTC)
And iris relatives. :)
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