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Apppleton Farms

It has been a rough spring for getting outside, just one thing after another for months. On Sunday, however, we finally got back out to one of the Trustee properties we enjoyed last year. The day was chilly and overcast for mid-June, but we had a nice ramble and saw some cows!

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Weir River Farm

I took Wednesday off and drove down to Hingham with a friend so we could visit Weir River Farm and go for a hike. Like all of the Trustees properties I have been to so far, it makes for a pleasant, not too strenuous outing, with nice trails and good views from the hilltop. A rail trail passes through the property via a wetland. Between this and the adjoining property you can get quite a full day’s rambling in.

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Weir River Farm, 30 March 2022

It was chilly in the morning, but the day warmed up as it went on. There isn’t much green in the woods yet, just patches here and there. We saw a couple of bluebirds, and an egret in the marsh as we were driving home. Stopped in town on our way back (Hingham is aggressively quaint) and discovered a cheese shop so obviously had to go in there. As days off go, that one will be difficult to beat!

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Equinox Hike

Spring has hit the fast-forward button around here, much earlier than would have been considered normal a few decades back. We might yet see cold weather resurge, but crocuses and snowdrops have been followed by daffodils, and the trees are charging full-on into pollen season (unfortunately). I went out for a local group on a five-mile morning trek through the Fells, and the frogs were a loud chorus whenever we passed a vernal pond.

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Fells Hike

img_5661Despite the tower being closed we had a nice outing today. I got to try out my Microspikes ™ finally — LIFE CHANGING! The path was icy when it ventured below the trees, but I had no worries about slipping at all. We went about three miles; it’s a path I have been on before with this group, but that was in the summer, so it’s always interesting to see how different everything looks at other times of year.

We were a small bunch today. Two of the group are experts on local history as well, so were able to tell us all about previous uses for the land that is now the Fells. Apparently the Sheepfold, while it was briefly used to pasture sheep, had a longer history as a pig farm. Now it’s mostly used as a dog park. They also did a fair job of selling me on the Volt when the time comes for us to replace the gas car. Was great to be outside!