DOC employee of the year!

Is DH!
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that’s the official photographer’s arm in the photo there!

News release here. The Governor was gracious and amusing. The Commissioner was charming. The Blaine House was beautiful.

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who is this?

More pictures of the Blaine house are here, including the pool table where the Governor says the Commissioners lose their pay to him, some silver, some teapots (in the pantry I would love to have-the pantry that is), some of the rooms, some other pics of us (including a goofy one I took of the two of us that may end up on an xmas card), and a mysterious wooden urn (there were two, I looked inside, nothing but a shelf with slats…what are these for? they sat on either side of the silver).

After lunch, three of us went for a walk to ‘the creepy swingset’.
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The boss missed this, mantis5

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think she ate anybody recently?

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wacky tree over by the swingset, in the calm shade of this and 2 other very large oaks

More pics of the walk here.

And I read this today in Northern Woodlands, the Autumn 07 issue in an article about identifying hawks…

…Incidentally, if you come upon a vocalizing goshawk, a hasty retreat is your best bet. These birds are aggressive and fearless, and no one who has innocently happened upon a nest tree will doubt the possible veracity of several stories out of the older ornithological literature. In rural Connecticut, for example, a detremined goshawk sprinted through an open door into a kitchen in hot pursuit of a terrified chicken, which it promptly tackled, ignoring the presence of two people. In a similar situation in Maine, a squawking fowl dove for cover up under its owner’s long calico skirt, followed instantly by the talons-forward goshawk. Can you even begin to imagine the kind of brisk entertainment that followed?

I’m going to have to look around for some of these stories about goshawks, as well as my eyes peeled to see one!

14 Responses so far

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    Mel said,

    September 25, 2007 @ 11:23 pm

    I love mantises. I didn’t see one all summer.

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    Lucia said,

    September 26, 2007 @ 6:02 am

    I haven’t seen a mantis in eons. I guess I need to take more walks. I did read a paper in some science journal about the evolutionary aspects of mantis mating rituals (wherein, as a rule, the female eats the male as soon as or sometimes even before he’s finished with business).

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    Lucia said,

    September 26, 2007 @ 6:02 am

    Oh, and congrats to your DH! My dad used to do prisoner advocacy in the Maine CJ system — I wonder if they’ve ever run into each other.

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    Emily said,

    September 26, 2007 @ 8:12 am

    Congratulations to your husband!

    That looks like a lovely place for a walk. However, I am worried about ticks. Do you get them up there in the cooler climes? Or do all the mantisses eat them? If so, they can all come live with me and eat ticks and spiders all day long.

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    Olga said,

    September 26, 2007 @ 9:07 am

    Cool Beans for your hubby! And is the little lady on the stair Diana? And those crazy birds! Never heard of them doing that!

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    Chris said,

    September 26, 2007 @ 9:30 am

    Congrats to your husband!

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    Julie said,

    September 26, 2007 @ 11:29 am

    That tree looks remarkably like the praying mantis!

    Congratulations to your hubby!

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    Ellen said,

    September 27, 2007 @ 6:06 am

    Congrats to the husby! Did you take any silver home with you as a little souvenir? (OMG, did I just write that?) Hee hee.

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    keri said,

    September 27, 2007 @ 12:50 pm

    Big congrats to the hubby! That’s wonderful!

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    Blogless Carrie said,

    September 27, 2007 @ 9:14 pm

    Congratulations to DH! Sounds like a fun day all around. I think I’d second the vote for Diana – I should know what she stands for – wisdom, I think. Other guesses would be Justice or Liberty. They’re all related, you know… ;)

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    Blogless Carrie said,

    September 27, 2007 @ 9:16 pm

    P.S. Why does the governor always look perpetually tan? Is it Fake ‘n Bake? Or his Italian roots?

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    Sara said,

    September 28, 2007 @ 7:37 am

    Congrats to your hubby! That is so awesome! And the picture of the two of you is great!

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    Jennifer said,

    September 28, 2007 @ 8:02 pm

    Oh, I’m so late to the party! Congrats to your husband! That’s fabulous! I also love the photos of the two of you together.

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    Cathy-Cate said,

    September 30, 2007 @ 11:23 pm

    Ooops, I saw this entry at a time when I couldn’t really explore it, and forgot to come back. Congratulations to your husband; pretty impressive! And nice pictures all the way around, both as photographer and subject!
    What makes the swingset creepy?….

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