1 September

a tip

from  Alfred Lord Tennyson



this is an old fashioned fireman's muster

men (and some women) pump the water through a hose and the town with the furthest stream wins.

it's very hard work and they pump for a minute or two but they get 4 or 5 tries in 15 minutes.

That's my man looking up with the sunglasses on in the picture furthest left, my daughter's team in the middle and my man (with the sunglasses on) again on the right.

My daughter lives in another town and her boyfriend pumps for the youngest team around. They come from all over New England.
from Connecticut all the way up to Maine.

Which can be about a 4 or 5 hour drive.

this was the last muster of the season. it was held in my home town. We have 2 pump trucks which came in 1st and 2nd. My daughter's pump team came in 3rd.

then we all went for a fish fry...if you pumped you could eat for free!

Unfortunately, it's something that folks aren't doing a lot of anymore.

It's too bad to see such fun go by the wayside...

I guess I sound old and sentimental.

well....I am.

somewhere beyond the sea

goin' down the road feelin' bad

don't wanna be feeling this-a-way


  1. That was a cool story about flow ! I like your photos !!!

  2. Interesting to see that we have both decided to to some reflecting for our first posts in September. :)

    Mersad Donko Photography

  3. Wonderful series of photos! LOVE your tip, Perfect!

  4. Lovely set! All your shots are very soft and serene.

  5. So pretty... love your take on shadow and beyond :D

  6. lovely photos

    it's always sad when traditions are lost

  7. What a beautiful series of photographs. And I enjoyed your description of the firemans muster.

  8. Beautiful series. I love them all...but the beyond the sea shot might be my favorite this week, simply stunning.

  9. What lovely pictures! I especially enjoyed your peaceful Down and Beyond photos. Tip is also quite beautiful. Love the composition of Shadow. Well done!

  10. I've actually heard about Fireman's Muster. There used to be one in our county, but haven't heard if they are still being hosted? what a lovely set of pictures of this tradition. Your last shot is my fave. I'd love to be strolling down that lane.

  11. Enjoyable set. I really liked your Beyond the sea shot. It was also interesting to learn about the Fireman's Muster (sounds fun) and your last shot for Down was really pretty.

  12. How lovely to be spending time building community, and strolling on the beach or down the inviting lane. I get so busy with my yard I don't have time for things like that.

  13. Nicely down- I really like your shadow shot.

  14. I love that first shot! The flower and texture you used is lovely! Also really like the shadow shot.
    Visiting from Quotography.

  15. Down is beautiful.

    I love the story behind the flow shot. It sounds like a lot of fun!

  16. Great photographs, thank you for sharing, love the quote.

  17. sounds like a fun custom. And your quotography shot is gorgeous. kelley—the road goes ever ever on


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