First Snow Magic

There's something magical about snow. The way it makes the landscape glisten, how pine trees appear greener, and the exhilarating chill of flakes falling across your face.

Living in northern New Hampshire, having an appreciation for snow is necessary to making it through the long winter months. (By early March, however, I'll admit that I'm counting the days until warmer temperatures kick in.)

No matter how many inches and feet of snow accumulates in our yards, it's always the first few that are truly delightful.

Meet Aquarius

If you couldn't tell, I'm obsessed with VW Beetles. Since I was 12 I dreamed of driving behind the wheel of one, and almost seven years ago the MegaBug came into my life.

MegaBug is my 1999 green bug and the namesake for this business. With over 200,000 miles, however, she's getting a little tired.

So I decided to bring home another bug.

This 2005 1.8T convertible is Aquarius blue (a color I've aaaaalways wanted). As Aquarius is also my astrological sign, I, of course, named her Aquarius.

I've enjoyed sunny days with the top down and driving Aquarius to shoots. I'm definitely in love!

But there's no way I'm letting go of the MegaBug. She is my first love and I will forever drive her. Plus they look adorable together.

Check out my personal blog, Miss MegaBug, for more pictures!

Tim's Lilacs

Lilacs are a staple in my parents' yard. Along with being the New Hampshire state flower, lilacs are my step-dad, Tim's favorite.

We've always had lilac bushes to the point where Tim dug up his favorites and replanted them when we moved to Sugar Hill.


My parents live on the Main Street section of town, and their lilacs attract many visitors.

This variety is the most popular draw, with many citing its pink flowers as pineapple or Miss Canada lilacs.

The jury is still out on what they are exactly, but either way, I've never seen pink lilacs until Tim's popped up.

He has bushes everywhere, even next to his barn.

In 2009, I placed 4th out of 800 in the NH Governor's Lilac & Wildflower Commission Photography Contest with these French lilacs in the backyard. I was just 14 and still an amateur photographer!

Sugar Hill may be known for its lupine, but (don't tell anyone!) I think I like lilacs better. They're fragrance is more captivating.

Honorable Mentions That Are Not Tim's But I Like Them Anyway

This lovely purple lilac is one of my all time favorite photos. I love how the close-up enhances the daintiness of each individual flower.

Photo taken at the Carolina Crapo Memorial Building in Sugar Hill.

This deep purple lilac was taken at my parent's neighbor, Lissa's house. Her gardens are immaculate!


I think lilacs are lovely even when they're not in full bloom. This lilac in Sugar Hill was sitting pretty in front of a home I was dog sitting at.