Monday, May 12, 2014

What a day!

Sunday we had perfect weather. Very low humidity with the temperatures ticking 80 degrees. There may have been a wispy cloud here or there but if there was I didn't see them. It was just too good a day to waste indoors, so I called Arlene and asked her if she would like to waste it outdoors with me. It was around noontime so I suggested we go out to eat. Of course it was Mothers Day and though her daughters want to take her out for dinner they couldn't on Sunday because of various reasons. So I said, "Let's go out to eat."

Arlene had a simple but tasty dish of turkey tips, salad, mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus with a Caesar salad. I had chicken, ziti and broccoli. Once again a pretty simple dish. It would have to be if I can make it. However I wish I knew how the chef made that clear sauce. Just a small amount on the bottom of the plate. Man was it good!

Anyway it was such a beautiful day we ended up at the Mount Auburn Cemetery. I've never been there in the Spring. In my semi retirement I now work back at the store in Cambridge which is right across the street. Not only is this a place for the departed but for the living as well. It was the first landscaped Cemetery in the country. It has trees from various parts of the world. Hills and valleys. A couple of ponds. Two chapels and some famous people. Politicians, religious people, a man named Charles Bulfinch who was this countries first native born architect. He designed the state houses of Connecticut, Massachusetts and Maine and later was commissioned by the President to design the Capital Building.
The painter Homer Winslow, Edwin Land (Polaroid Camera), Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and a headstone I stumbled across, Curt Gowdy.
This place is 175 acres right in the middle of Cambridge. A city just across the Charles River from Boston. It's densely populated with about 106,000 people. The entrance I use is on a main road with businesses, my store, gas stations and homes. In one direction you head towards Harvard Square and Boston, the other into suburbia. Yet once inside you are in a serene, beautiful setting.



Here's a quick video. It's less than a minute. I was using a different camera and I really have to improve my video recording skills. Still it gives you an idea of the calm setting.
I still have not explored all of this place. When you park you really have to be aware of where you are because of all the twisty paths, hills and valleys. I certainly can see getting confused as to where you are when you wander about.  We parked and explored the immediate area then we got back into the car, drove a bit more and parked again.
We got a good walk in with the hills and all. Leaving wasn't too bad. You kind of head back toward the gate, at least you make your best guess, and eventually you run into a sign setting you off in the proper direction. We then made our way to a coffee shop for a cuppa and something sweet.
It was a picture book day that we got to enjoy. Grab 'em when you can I say. It sure beats slicing a pound and a half of Genoa salami.
Au Reservoir.
I'm outta here.


  1. What a beautiful place! The shadows and highlights on your pictures were just right to capture such sights! Excellent photos and enjoyable to view.

  2. Boston Boy...I love your photos. That cemetery was as if it were a park also. Beautiful. You captured some of the wonderful flowering trees and the nice ponds. Glad you could get Arlene to go eat with you and make a nice day of it. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

  3. Those are awesome photos Paul!! The cemetery is beautiful. I would love to visit there and just walk around and enjoy it.

    Less than 3 weeks to go till vacation!!

    Hi to Arlene!

  4. Glad you had some nice weather and enjoyed it. The cemetery is beautiful.

  5. That really is a gorgeous place for the final rest. I really enjoyed the trip through.

  6. Paul the rubbish Tuesday and the fences are links to other bloggers. If you are interested let me know and I will send you instructions. It will get you more followers. Martha's Vineyard is getting closer for you and Arlene,

  7. Wow what a beautiful place and the sounds of the birds simply lovely. Smashing shots and Video also the little giggle .Not long now