Florals: Lupin Fields

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Late June brings fields of blooming wild flowers throughout New England. The purple, pink and white lupin fields are one of my favorites!

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all images original to Rustic Six

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Happy Independence Day!

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Happy 4th, friends!

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How do you celebrate July 4th? Parades? Fireworks? We’ll be lounging in tubes and floating down the Wild Ammonoosuc River all day long! Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

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Quechee Hot Air Balloon Festival

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A couple of weeks ago, Dan and I headed over to the 34th Annual Quechee Hot Air Balloon Craft and Music Festival in Quechee, Vermont. Artists, musicians and artisans shared their craft with thousands of visitors that came out to enjoy the longest continuously running hot air balloon festival in New England. Here are some of the pictures we took at the Quechee Hot Air Balloon Festival. Doesn’t it make you want to float around in a hot air balloon all day?! Enjoy!

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^^ On Saturday, four professional parachuters put on a show for the crowds and then answered questions and displayed their parachutes before packing up for the day.

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^^Riders help to prepare the hot air balloon for flight by stretching it out while it fills with hot air.

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^^Tethered rides were offered to those who weren’t quite ready for the thrill of a full on hot air balloon ride!

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Honoring American Heroes at The Traveling Wall

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Over Memorial Day Weekend, the American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT) displayed their Traveling Wall in North Haverhill, New Hampshire. The AVTT’s Traveling Wall is an 80 percent scale version of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. The Traveling Wall is 370 feet long and 8 feet tall and contains every name etched on the original wall. Pretty amazing, right? The whole idea behind The Traveling Wall is to provide individuals with the opportunity to honor American heroes, especially those who may not otherwise be capable of visiting a memorial site. The Traveling Wall attracted many visitors from all over New England during the event in North Haverhill, NH.

Have you heard of this project? Have you been to it? The Wall was completed in 1998 and began traveling that year, but we hadn’t heard of it until its trip to NH! Although we’ve both been to the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C, it was a different experience to have a replica of the wall close to home and within a short driving distance. Maybe The Traveling Wall (or one of the other tributes) will be in a city near you soon. You can check to schedule of events, here. Also, you can learn more about the team that coordinates and executes the events all over the country, here.

Here are some of the moments that Dan captured during his visit to The Traveling Wall.

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Thanks to all those involved in making this event happen at the North Haverhill Fairgrounds! It was very special to have The Traveling Wall available for us to visit over the holiday weekend! And THANK YOU to all our veterans for their sacrifices and courage!

{All images taken by Dan for Rustic Six}

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