MY VIEW FROM THE TOP OF THE BARN

Some maples are red and others bright yellow. Either one can catch my breath.
Some maples are red and others bright yellow. Either one can catch my breath.

 

October is one of my favorite times for sitting and working in the loft of the barn. The sun no longer turns its air intolerably stuffy but rather adds some welcome comfort. I can still leave the loft door open for natural light and fresh air, if I want. And just look what’s happening around me!

 

Our season of outdoor dining is just about ended.
Our season of outdoor dining is just about ended.
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HARVARD’S GREAT THEATER

The aspirations are obvious.
The aspirations are obvious.

 

Instead of gargoyles, just look ...
Instead of gargoyles, just look …

 

Memorial Hall in Cambridge is a high Victorian Gothic building erected in honor to the Harvard University men who died defending the Union in the American Civil War. One end of the structure holds Sanders Theatre, an intimate, wood-toned Globe-style auditorium – one we treasure for its Christmas Revels productions each year. The other half of the building embraces the Harry Potter-like Annenberg dining hall. The two parts connect at a marble-lined hallway engraved with the names of the fallen Harvard students.

 

Even on a cold, blustery day, it's hard not to be impressed when approaching its entrance.
Even on a cold, blustery day, it’s hard not to be impressed when approaching its entrance.

 

Imagine trumpets from every portal. Not that the Revels do it ... yet.
Imagine trumpets from every portal. Not that the Revels do it … yet.

 

Greater Boston is a rich and varied destination – the Hub of New England, or the Universe, as they used to say. Living a little more than an hour to the north, we’re well within its orb.

FAST FLIPPERS

Flying through air.
Flying through air.

Catch the seals show at the New England Aquarium if you can. It’s about much more than feeding them, as you’ll see. While seals are populous along the region’s shoreline, seeing them is another matter – and rarely, if ever, do you get this close or for this long.

Boston is a rich and varied destination – the Hub of New England, or the Universe, as they used to say. Living a little more than an hour to the north, we’re well within its orb.

Of course they're cute.
Of course they’re cute.

 

WHERE BROADWAY ALSO SHINES

The Theater District is essentially just around the corner from Chinatown.
The Theater District is essentially just around the corner from Chinatown.

Boston’s Theater District puts Broadway-bound productions to the test and welcomes blockbusters back.

Boston is a rich and varied destination – the Hub of New England, or the Universe, as they used to say. Living a little more than an hour to the north, we’re well within its orb.

The windows still delight me.
The windows still delight me.

 

LATE MORNING TRAFFIC

Medium traffic.
Medium traffic.

Vehicles on Interstate 93 stream from the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge into the depths of the Big Dig tunnels. The graceful wishbone design of its two supports gives no hint of the engineering challenge of crossing a navigable waterway before plunging a highway deep under the heart of a major metropolis.

Boston is a rich and varied destination – the Hub of New England, or the Universe, as they used to say. Living a little more than an hour to the north, we’re well within its orb.

The bridge itself is gorgeously breathtaking.
The bridge itself is gorgeously breathtaking.