Autumn in the North Cemetery.

Sixty miles west of Boston, Massachusetts there is the small New England town of Sturbridge. Located at the junction of I-90 (The Mass Pike), and I-84 it has become known as the "Crossroads of New England". The town was first settled over 300 years ago, and like other small New England towns it has grown just enough over the years to be in a difficult place today. How do we embrace the future without forgetting how we got to our present? How do we attract the right kind of growth, and maintain who we are? And, what about our culture out here in Central Massachusetts?

These pages will cause one to think about how to protect what we have, our future direction, and how to move on in the very best way.

Those thoughts, and other ramblings, will hopefully inspire more thought, conversation, action, and occasionally a smile...

...seems to be working so far

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Can You Identify This Flower?

I received this from Tom Chamberland the other day.  I like it when I am randomly tested, and I pass.  Wasn't always the case.

Can you identify the flower?


Can you identify this flower?

It's in bloom now, we have a trail named after it.

Tom C"

Can you identify the flower in the photo above?


  1. That is trailing arbutus. More commonly known as Mayflower.

  2. I would love to hear our tree warden correctly pronounce the word as arbutus [ahr-byoo-tuhs]  
    rather than his usual pronunciation of:
    "are buttis", with the emphasis on "are."
    It's our state flower. We should know how to pronounce it.

  3. Sometimes our New England accent can massacre the pronouciation of even the simplest words. Thank goodness Mayflower is still pronouced MayFlou-ahh. Ayuh.


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