Monday, June 16, 2008

Saint Gaudens National Historic Site

Our class recently took our annual field trip to St. Gaudens National Park in Meriden, NH.  We spent time in and around the gardens and home of artist/sculptor Augustus St. Gaudens.  We visited a sculptor in residence as well as a museum of St. Gaudens' work.  We also explored the grounds, ate a picnic lunch and hiked a trail through the woods (my favorite part).





View of Mount Ascutney from the porch (see below)


One of many beautiful spots


This angel seemed to be craving a burst of sunlight, so I gave her one.... ::smile::

Things are finally beginning to settle down here, as the end of this school year quickly approaches.  The students, however, are far from settled, as they anxiously await the first day of summer vacation.  Today was step up day, and we welcomed 17 new, energetic students into our classroom for introductions and activities. 

My own "little" ones are also finding it hard to sit still. They have some fun of their own planned for the summer months, and we are all looking forward to having a bit of time offI know I'll enjoy having more time to enjoy reading journals and hopefully writing a little more myself.  Still, the lazy days of summer will be hardly that ~ I'll be working part time, for the same catering business I worked for last year (put in almost 14 hours on Saturday alone!), and the "off" time will be well spent and celebrated in every which way.

Nothing new with regards to my PC troubles.  I'm having a difficult time trusting programs that offer to remove the bug(s) from my system.  I was finally able to get online for the first time in days (on that computer at least... Thank goodness my daughter is willing to share!) and tried a few things to no avail.   ::sigh::

Thank you to all who offered support and words of advice.  As always, your comments, emails and friendships are very much appreciated! 


radar446 said...

You know, I really like the way you framed Mt Ascutney with the tree.  That was a very nice touch!  Our schools are already out here, and I think the kids are already bored with being away.  Seem like every time I turn around at work, kids are causing problems.  They need homework!!


nhd106 said...

What great shots!!  My faves are the first and third.....that angel one is magnificent!    And yes, you framed that first one beautifully.   You sure are quite the photographer!
Love and stuff,
Nance   ; )

rbrown6172 said...

what a wonderful field trip and such pretty scenery.  i really like that burst of sunshine you added to the angel.

pamal3 said...

Hi Michelle. I loved the pictures. The Angel was gorgeous. Glad you had a lovely day. Love Pam xx

frankandmary said...

I'm thinking that hike would have been my favorite part also, plus I love New Hampshire.
Catering is a very profitable business, at least those doing it well, which I am sure you are.
The kids, well, I don't like little kids that can sit still in good weather, not normal :-).

chat2missie said...

Looks like a wonderful place to visit.  Enjoy your day.

fremoris said...

I'm glad you were able to get back on-line.  I missed you!  And I hope that you can get those bugs zapped.
Uncle Bill

siennastarr said...

When I first looked at the title of your entry, I thought, "Wow.. Chelle spelled Gardens wrong.." lol   I am such a spelling freak!  Then I realized that it was 'supposed' to be Gaudens! lol   Anyway..   That looks like such a beautiful place.  So green!!  We don't get much green here.  It's all desert and dryness!  I hate it!  I don't know why I live where I live, because I crave GREEN!


queeniemart said...

Gorgeous pics!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

nanmm11 said...

Don't think I've ever been there but since I live in Boston and am in N.H. for vacations alot I will certainly go there. Love your pix!